Yuenyong “Ad” Ophakul, the frontman of songs-for-life outfit Carabao, joins in a nationwide mourning for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and also sends off his soul to the afterlife via three touching tribute songs.
Yuenyong, known as Ad Carabao, has set the poetry of Phra Maha Wutthichai Wachirametee to music for “Khuen Soo Sawan”, which mourns the passing of His Majesty the late King as the nation prepares for its final farewell today while “Phor Phu Pen Nirand” reminds all Thais people that the late King will be in our minds forever provided we don't forget to show love to each other and follow his King's gracious guidance.
“Khuen Soo Sawan” is inspired by the Thai people’s respect and love for and loyalty to the late King. Millions of Thais have mourned his passing and travelled to Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to pay homage to his remains even though this sometimes meant queuing for 20 hours.
For the third song, “Phra Raja Bodhisattva”, Ad Carabao uses Phra Maha Wutthichai Wachirametee's comparison of the late King to Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva.
“This song is about the mourning for the late King, who performed his duties under sometimes difficult conditions and worked hard for the wellbeing of his people. So, the late King was like the Bodhisattva of Thai people who appreciated his grace,” says Ad.