BANGKOK — The government today unveiled a new patriotic song that junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha reportedly wrote himself as a “New Year present” to Thais.
Titled “Because You Are Thailand,” the ballad is the second musical achievement of the retired general, whose previous song, “Returning Happiness to the People,” has been played on a loop on state-owned media agencies since he wrote and released it in June 2014.
Gen. Prayuth, who seized power from the elected government in May 2014, provided some insights into his latest work at today’s news conference.
“I wrote it as a personal New Year present for the people,” Gen. Prayuth said at Government House, according to Prachachat. “In the lyrics, it doesn’t only mean me, but it means the media, too, because everyone is united and I have to please them. I use my every breath to help this country move forward.”
Government officials unveiled lyrics to the song for the media Tuesday, and the song itself was later uploaded to Youtube on the same day. According to the video description, the song is performed by army sergeant Pongsathorn Porchi.
Here’s the song followed by an unofficial translation from Khaosod English: