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How things change! As Wikipedia says, mor lam means either expert song or expert singer, depending upon the context in which the term is being used. But:
Traditionally, young mor lam were taught by established artists, paying them for their teaching with money or in kind. The education focussed on memorising the texts of the verses to be sung; these texts could be passed on orally or in writing, but they always came from a written source. Since only men had access to education, it was only men who wrote the texts. The musical education was solely by imitation. Khaen-players typically had no formal training, learning the basics of playing from friends or relatives and thereafter again relying on imitation. With the decline of the traditional genres, this system has fallen into disuse; the emphasis on singing ability (or looks) is greater, while the lyrics of a brief modern song present no particular challenge of memorisation.
In recent years there has been a great deal of cross-pollination between Mor Lam and Luk Thung. Both now share many of the same popular singers, and are played on the same radio stations. The fact that Luk Thung is more popular throughout the country means that many Mor Lam singers sing both to increase their appeal.
The lyrics for both forms of music deal with similar subject matter: the hardships of rural life, leaving behind the love of your life in the village to come work in the city and missing home cooking.
The songwriting isn’t particularly inspiring, but nevertheless it resonates strongly with Bangkok’s Isaan community. And obviously, unless you speak Thai it won’t be a factor in your night.
…The beats get faster and the lyrics start to get lewd and vulgar. The on-stage dancers’ costumes, already loud to begin with, shift from frilly and innocent to erotic. This isn’t the result of modernization. Mor Lam in particular has always had a racy, sensual element.
However (from American Film Archive of North America):
Like all great folk musics, the listener doesn’t have to understand the lyrics to recognize the beauty and power of morlam music, but morlam isn’t easy to find, in conventional record stores. Even in Thailand, you’ll have to get pretty far off the main tourist track to experience the music, whether in bars, record stores, or concerts.
…As much as it is a music, morlam is also a social force unifying the Isaan people of northeast Thailand, many of whom find their way to Bangkok to find fortune, far from the villages, many of which are wrought with poverty, hunger, and meager economic opportunity. Isaan workers, most of whom have at best a sixth-grade education, become Bangkok’s construction laborers, street vendors, cleaners, and bar girls. They are ostracized from mainstream Bangkok society by their education, language, and skin color, which is darker than that of Sino-Thais. To a large extent, the lyrics of morlam songs tell their own story, making references to village life, village people they miss, lost loves, and exploitation by elements of city culture.
You can hear lots of examples of mor lam music by locating the relevant videos at YouTube, or else seek out a website like Getalyric that has catalogued the related videos together for the convenience of visitors. Just note that some of the videos will always be a miss and thus not belong. I linked to a search for “mor lum lao,” but you can enter your own search choice.
There are many websites like the one above, incidentally.
If you came to this post expecting to see examples of mor lam lyrics — perhaps converted into English — that was never my intention.
Now, as a July 12 (2012) edit to this post, here are some further related references to mor lam lyrics:
The album has something for everyone – from a taste of Mor Lam (traditional Lao folk music), to hair-metal, disposable pop and epic rock – alongside the band’s legendary music videos. ULUVUS surprise audiences with an unusual blend of musical styles … Foreign fans of ULUVUS like to sing along in Lao as well, but with this song they better be wary of the band’s wordplay, because the lyrics could be misconstrued. Source: Vientiane Times (Updated June 30, 2012) …
Publish Date: 07/02/2012 14:57
The album has something for everyone – from a taste of Mor Lam [traditional Lao folk music], to hair-metal, disposable pop and epic rock –alongside the band’s legendary music videos. The album also includes a heartfelt …
Publish Date: 06/23/2012 21:27
To a large extent, the lyrics of morlam songs tell their own story, making references to village life, village people they miss, lost loves, and exploitation by elements of city culture. Morlam music can be found in numerous karaoke bars in …
Publish Date: 02/28/2003 16:00
His best song is don’t ask for morlam because he is a rock band. by ibsiab12 on June 11, 2012 at 2:56 am. Reply #. red hat is red hat, pink hat is pink hat duddi. red hat is si deang, pink hat is si shompoo. by stripcartoon on …
Publish Date: 06/10/2012 16:10
Molam music lyrics tell the singers’ own stories, the village life, tragic love stories and labor exploitation. “MOLAM” is rhythmically powerful, vocally dynamic and is popular throughout Thailand. The instrumentation for “MOLAM” music includes …
Publish Date: 09/20/2005 9:41
Last night I was taken by a thai friend to a Morlam, in Bangkok. It was held at Wat Ta Nakam (?) … At least it has some meaning to it, versus the brilliant lyrics of today of, “baby, baby, baby”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= …
Publish Date: 03/08/2012 3:31
Strange Thai Mor lam version of “I Will Surive”. A Thai adaption in the so-called Mor lam style of “I Will Survive” from Gloria Gaynor’s 1979 Hot 100 no.1 hit. I don’t know the name of the particular artist but another singer who …
Publish Date: 02/14/2011 19:59
Mor Lam is the traditional folk music and song from Isaan. Lyrics in Mor Lam usually feature a theme of unrequited love or the difficulties of rural life delivered with wry wit and humor. The lyrics are delivered in an almost …
Publish Date: 02/22/2012 1:29
So I listen to the lyrics of songs instead. These two videos are Mor Lam music which is Thai country music. To me, it is soulful and there is something that grabs me deep inside, something way at the roots. For those who don’t …
Publish Date: 11/23/2006 9:50
They were concerts to air the sounds and lyrics of ‘mor lam‘, a genre that has its roots in this rice-growing rural belt of north-east Thailand. In the afternoon of May 9, as the 48-year-old Wanida was belting out one of her ‘mor …
Publish Date: 05/25/2010 0:00
Lam sing, or Mor lam, a form of thai music influenced by Laos, in which the laos people living in Northeastern region of Thailand can identity with, this form of music has also evolved over the years. In which some conservative …
Publish Date: 11/16/2006 22:08
Christy — known to her fans as Kitty — has also been trained in the vocally challenging and intricate music style called mor lam, a form of luk thung with lyrics that are often more Lao than Thai. It’s an energetic style of music …
Publish Date: 08/21/2011 8:47
By the way — yes, I realize that the video below is niether Thai nor mor lam.
mor lam lyrics
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