EXCLUSIVE: English Lyrics & Behind Scenes at Rap Against Dictatorship’s New Video

Fast approaching a million views on YouTube after just one day, Rap Against Dictatorship’s new video “Reform” has English translated lyrics from soi squad. The new song from the ever-expanding dissident group features lyrics from Liberate P, Zo9, Jacoboi, Numba9, SBSB, Zhln, 3฿one, Protozua, and Hockhacker.

The lyrics to the song touch on a broad range of topics related to the ongoing protests that have harried Bangkok since July. The anti-government protesters’ three demands – the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, rewrite of the constitution and reform of the monarchy – are present the group’s new lyrics. 

The lyrics include some of the common protest lingo, from the yellow-shirted “minions” to the “IO”, which refers to the information operatives of the authorities online.

The song dropped on Nov. 13 and was filmed during the Nov. 8 Democracy Monument protest. The video was edited and directed by Skanbombomb.

On Nov. 14, three groups planned to stage “Mob Fest” to address a range of issues, including the Free Women, who will be addressing gender equality at the October 14 memorial.

Two members of Rap Against Dictatorship – Hockhacker and Eleven Fingers – were arrested in July on an array of charges. The music video was released on YouTube to the more than 600,000 followers of the group.

The Lyrics, in English

Reform

(Liberate P)
I’m not fucking into Prayuth but for truth I’m the shit
Got no calendar at home cos I wanna reform
You feast on our taxes so we ceased to be mute
No we ain’t gonna grovel, here’s our three finger salute

This voice rings a bell from This Fucking Country
That bastard shot our brothers, ain’t that a felony? 
All we have is the people, all they have are IO’s
When feudalism falls, the people roars chaiyo

(Hockhacker)
Call for demo crazy
Take the streets in peace
Shout out our demands 
From 10 to 3 2 1
Fight with freedom, fight with our brains
It ain’t a crime to be detained,
Ambush me like it’s imperative
For what I did was provocative

Get out! Oi! Oi!
Get out! Oi! Oi! Oi!
Get out! Oi! Oi!
Get out! Oi! Oi! Oi!

Bodies ready, hearts ready
Though besieged, we won’t surrender
Altogether, brothers and sisters,
Scream and shout the voice of the people

(Zo9)
This government was un-fucking-elected
This shit is fucking infested
Bend the law to your own favor
Label dissidents as the nation’s traitors
Brother, I’m just following orders
Fucked up orders, I’m just beleaguered
My stomach’s empty, my dear brother,
So my rifle’s aimed at unarmed protesters

My superior’s order, arrest anybody
My humanity’s reduced to a minion
My fucked up piety has got me believing
My priority is the dictatorship over civilians
I side with any color, any power, that’s not human
I’d do anything, I’m a carcass of a human
A hound decked in uniform, I hunt down humans
Brother, my excuse a-plenty for execution

(Jacoboi)
Hello, you wanker. Hi, you bastard.
Check mate, what’s your answer? You now live in a country where pawns have a king captured
Taxes ain’t a bastard’s property
Burn through assets like you burn through ladies
Alright, it’s your business, just don’t burn through our money
Tax born and bred, we have raised a grown-ass baby
Girls and boys, the whole fucking family
So don’t be ungrateful, our arrows point from afar
With the people chanting, Let’s war, Arjuna

(SBSB)
Ten, Hundred, Thousands of the People’s Party, enraged and marching
A thunderous throng, three finger salute, arms stretching
Release our friends, you bastard, we ain’t prostrating 
It’s my fucking tax you’re squandering for boning
Shut down the media, shut your ears and eyes, shut down the lights
Let it end in my fucking generation, we won’t live like slaves in plight

(Numba9)
Pow pow pow Get down get down grrrrr
Our voices from the underground booms inside your head
You’re the slaves, power-thirsty fucking parasites
You’re insane, but for freedom we’re ready to fight
Tutututu i here too we fight till death, this ain’t a threat, boo
Tutututu keep up the ass-licking but you’ll never beat Fufu
You see us an enemy, and as enemies, we rise
Come at me, Coup d’etat. Come at me, brah

Get out! Oi! Oi!
Get out! Oi! Oi! Oi!
Get out! Oi! Oi!
Get out! Oi! Oi! Oi!

(ZHLN)
Take take take what he’s decreed
Take the people’s clenched fists, take dogs as therapists
We ain’t taking orders from a drunk sadist
Take our country, take our homes, but take seriously your fucking job?
Take your clique, take your siblings, take yourself off the records.
Take everything, take our money, our country, but you tell us to be frugal
You take us to be dusts for easy removal
Take the dog’s path, take the Royal blue, how you like that?

(3Bone)
Waddup, pawns, it’s me your IO (IO)
Check my spades they never run low (run low)
My papa’s pok kao but I’m a ten, a zero
So I let Pra Pra Pra run the big bureau
Get your ass into Pornhub Pornhub
Count how many I bang up bang up
Countless bodies tossed away and bagged up
The army’s my lapdog, so what’s up?
Soldiers piling, money piling, I’m sitting on top
Bodies piling, bloodstains on my crop-top

(Protozua)
Mums calling their kids, are you out protesting?
Are they bribing you, like the news’s been reporting?
Don’t go, it’s dangerous, they say it’s dangerous
Grim reaper’s out for bodies, he wants to endanger us
People out on the streets to banish the shameless
Exorcise the system that lets some people go blameless
Equality’s an empty word for us without providence
So we’re out for answers when you’ve erased all the evidence

Get out! Oi! Oi!
Get out! Oi! Oi! Oi!
Get out! Oi! Oi!
Get out! Oi! Oi! Oi!

Tyler Roney is a freelance photojournalist based in Bangkok. He‘s on Twitter at @TylerRoney.