I LOVE the first Karaoke song in Only God Forgives.
I absolutely LOVE the sound of his voice. It seems to touch me somewhere deep in my bones. I don't know else how to describe it. I cant remember a song affecting me like this before. I don't speak Thai , so I have no idea what he was saying but I fell in love with that song instantly. I love the sound of his voice . I found the soundtrack, and played this song on repeat in my car, on the way to work and then on the way home, for a week. Its crazy, I know. .
I was beginning to drive Red crazy. I was singing the song even though I had no idea what I was saying. I couldn't find a translation of the song because I didn't know its thai name. So...
I contacted the actor who plays Chang in OGF, Vithaya Pansringarm, on facebook and he wrote me back! He said the songs name is: "Leum mai long" or "Wont Forget".. Not "can't Forget as its called on the soundtrack.
It was popularized by a singer named Surapol Sombatcharoen.
sometimes referred to as the "Thai Elvis".
So then I found the lyrics at the Paknam web forums.
"Leum mai long"
mai-leum mai-leum mai leuan meuan deuan koo faa.
Won't forget, won't forget and won't fade; like the moon that paired up with the sky.
mai-leum rot rak tee koie faak-fang.
Won't forget the flavour of the love that you'd ever entrust upon me.
mai-leum kwaam-lang tee-koie paan-maa.
Won't forget the past that we had ever pass through.
juap-jon chee-waa sin gor mai-leum.
Till the end of life, I would also not forget.
(Mai-leum mai-leum mai-leum mai-leum mai-leum mai-leum).
(Won't forget, won't forget, won't forget, won't forget, won't forget, won't forget.).
mai-leum mai-leum mai leuan chua deuan lae bpee.
Won't forget, won't forget and won't fade, throughout the months and years.
mai-leum rak rao tee-koie sook-san.
Won't forget our love that was ever happy.
mai-leum kwaam-fan meua krang-gon nee.
Won't forget the dreams we had before this.
gee deuan gee bpee chan gor mai-leum.
No matter how many months or years, I'll also not forget.
(Mai-leum mai-leum mai-leum).
(Won't forget, won't forget, won't forget.).
Kor piang-dtae ter yaa pler leum gon (yaa leum yaa leum yaa leum).
Beg just that you don't carelessly forget me first. (Don't forget, don't forget, don't forget). * suan chan nae-non mai-koie-ja leum (mai-koie mai-koie ja leum).*
For my part, I certainly would never forget. (Never, would never forget.).
yang jam rot waan an seung saan jai.
Still remembers that bits of sweetness that's deeply diffused throughout my heart.
mai-koie nae-ngaai bplian-jai long-leum.
Will never be bored with it and change my heart and forgets.
doot-deum piang nee reu pee ja leum.
I'm profoundly engrossed with just this, or I'll forget.
Mai-leum mai-leum mai-leum mai-leum mai-leum mai-leum).
(Won't forget, won't forget, won't forget. Won't forget, won't forget, won't forget.).
mai leum mai-leum san-yaa tee-koie pook-pan.
Won't forget, won't forget the promises that we had ever bond together.
waa rao song kon ja krong man-maai.
That the two of us will intend to have each other.
got kor gan dtaai mai klaai jaak-gan.
To embrace each other; till death we won't release and be seperated.
dtraap sin chee wan chan gor mai-leum.
Until the end of time, I won't forget.
Song Title and video: Vithaya Pansringarm.