Let’s Work Together

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

SongkranCanned Heat & Let’s Work Together –  lyrics by W. Harrison ……

Thailand’s Songkran Festival has finished and the troubled country now attempts to return to some form of normality. The Land of Smiles seems to have lost it’s way in a period of political fighting that finally boiled over during Thailand’s New Year festivities.

It’s now time for the people of Thailand to stand and work together as one, like they have done many times in the past. In times of war, tragedy and even sport a nation more often than not forms a strong and long lasting bond.

Thailand’s many religious festivals are enjoyed by young and old together, celebrating their Buddhist religion and beliefs. City neighbourhoods and villages still celebrated this years Songkran no doubt pushing to one side allegiances and the political turmoil taking place elsewhere. Communities standing and pulling together for one common cause.

Together we’ll stand, divided we’ll fall
Come on now people, let’s get on the ball
And work together, come on, come on
Let’s work together, (Now now people)

The Thailand – Burma Death Railway was built during World War II by forced Asian labour and Allied prisoners of war under the strict regime of the Japanese army. Over 80,000 Asian labourers and 16,000 POW’s died during their enforced labour on a railway that was to provide a supply line to the Imperial Japanese army in Burma.

One can barely start to imagine the terrible living and working conditions the rail workers had to endure. Disease was rife, malnutrition and malaria being two of the main contributors to the high death rate, overwork and inhumane treatment being others. The union and bond between the railway workers must have been beyond belief, they worked together until they fell.

Because together we will stand, every boy, every girl and man
People, when things go wrong, as they sometimes will
And the road you travel….It stays all uphill, let’s work together
Come on, come on, let’s work together

Manus Boonjumnong won the Olympic Light Welterweight Boxing gold medal at the 2004 Summer games in Athens, Greece. After receiving millions of baht for his magnificent Olympic victory, Manus went the way that so many of his more well known boxing peers have gone.

Partying and gambling soon left the talented boxer broke. After a lot of soul searching and rigorous training Manus returned to the ring in 2006, winning gold at the Asian Games in Doha. With theThai nation firmly behind the reformed boxer, Manus went to the Beijing 2008 Olympics to try and win another gold medal for the forgiving Thai people.

Manus Boonjumnong impressively boxed his way into the final before losing to Manuel Felix Diaz of the Dominican Republic. A great comeback from a determined man who became the first Thai to win two Olympic medals as well as unite a nation on his finals night.

You know together we will stand, every boy, girl, woman and man
Oh well now, two or three minutes, two or three hours
What does it matter now, in this life of ours
Let’s work together…come on, come on
Let’s work together….(Now now people)

AyutthayaIn the eighteenth century Burmese forces attacked Ayutthaya and encircled the capital city. With Ayutthaya under siege General Taksin the ruler of Kamphaeng Phet took his army to help strengthen the Royal forces in their battle against the invading Burmese army.

After valiantly defending the city for many days he soon realized that they were outnumbered, low on supplies and the war would soon be lost. General Taksin led his troops out of the city and broke through the ring of attacking forces at Wat Phichai.

After being continually chased by the conquering Burmese troops, Taksin rallied the Thai people together and set up camp in Rayong. A month later General Taksin and his army retook Ayutthaya.

His soldiers finally defeated the Burmese in Chanthaburi Province in June 1767. In December 1768 General Taksin was crowned King of Siam in the new capital Thonburi. One nation standing together against all odds.

Because together we will stand, every boy, every woman and man
Ahhh, come on now…Ahhh, come on, let’s work together…
Well now, make someone happy, make someone smile
Let’s all work together, and make life worthwhile
Let’s work together, come on, come on
Let’s work together, (Now now people)

Last but by no means least…….The tsunami that brought death and havoc to Thailand’s shores on December 26 2004 will never be forgotten. Around 5400 people perished on that traumatic day, I was staying in Thailand myself though faraway from the tragic scenes. The tsunami took away the precious lives of Thai and foreign tourists alike and with it the heart and soul of a country was ripped apart.

Tsunami BoatThe brutal sea on that day savaged  the Thai economy and damaged the natural environment but it was the lives lost that could never be replaced. Thailand and the rest of the world united and stood together to help as much as they could, never for one moment forgetting the horrific loss of lives and the families living with extreme mental pain after the loss of their loved ones. They all worked together, as one.

Because together we will stand, every boy, girl, woman and man
Oh well now, come on you people, walk hand in hand
Let’s make this world of ours, a good place to stand
And work together, come on, come on
Let’s work together, (Now now people)
Because together we will stand, every boy, girl, woman and man
Well now together we will stand, every boy, girl, woman and man

Maybe it’s time for the Thai people, every boy, girl, woman and man to show their true colours and unite.


Credits

Photograph Two together by Argenberg

Photograph Songkran motorcyclist     by Wyndham

Photograph     Tsunami ship ashore by oh sk

Martyn

I'm a sixty-year-old Englishman living in the town of Swindon in rural Wiltshire and I have a real deep desire to retire in Thailand one day. If you don't have a dream then you won't have a dream come true.

7 Responses

  1. Martin In Bulgaria says:

    An unlikely, but most appropriate lyrics to vehicle the story of mad made and natural disorders of a country that surely deserves better.

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  2. Malcolm says:

    Martyn ,You truly one of a kind , not only are you a good story teller , but you are also a great reporter of the facts .Thanks for taking time to put all this down in writing , and for the encourging words to the Thai people to unite and put aside all their differences and work together for the one common cause, the future of Thailand and it’s people.I only hope that Thailand’s Leaders will voice this same message, because, we are just visitors here, and not to many folks listen to us ,or can understand us when we try to speak to them about these kinds of things.I know, my Ciejay is as smart as any , but when I try to talk to her about what needs to be done, because like so many (almost all) Thais, she does not read the news paper and does not read history books, and would rather watch the soaps on tv, and almost never the news and up until recently, unless it happened in their own village or the one closest to them , they never even knew what was happening in the rest of the LOS.The answer to almost everything you will hear,when talking to a Thai person, about change and what needs to be done to improve the lifestyle and lives of the Thai people is these two statements 1. “NOT MY BUSINESS” and number 2.”THIS IS THAI CUSTOM” oh, I left out one of the most important ones “THAT IS BANGKOK” MALCOLM

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  3. Bangkok Hotels says:

    The last few weeks have been troubling and sad to say the least. The divisions in the society are deep and rooted in emotion and conviction. Your post reminds me of the great Buddhist teaching of impermanence and I know that this too will pass.

    Lets all work towards and pray for a day when the yellows and the reds can make a nice orange color in unification. Time to focus on similarities, not differences.

  4. Mike says:

    HD another great post full of the right sentiment. I hope it happens, but sadly history tends to suggest otherwise.

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  5. Hoo Don says:

    Malcolm what a lovely comment and one which I agree with. Wilai likes nothing better than watching TV soaps but she has over the past few years taken some interest in the TV news. Most Thai villagers do seem quite oblivious to the outside world unless it concerns football or the odd big news story.

    Martin yes I thought the lyrics were quite appropriate and fingers crossed lets hope things improve.

    Bangkok Hotels – Thanks for your comment and reference to the Buddha teaching. I hope business goes well for you in these troubled times.

    Mike I have a feeling there is more trouble ahead myself but I really do hope I’m wrong.

  6. Nice sentiment Martyn, but I’m ever the sceptic… hey I remember that song note for note, word for word, can’t get it out of my head now!

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  7. Hoo Don says:

    Nice to see you back Pete the Thai blog community has missed your wit and your return is most welcome.

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