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Re: Khmer Songs Beyond Lyrics

Postby merchantsmutual » Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:59 am

This song has been my jam lately. The title means like "the lady in bong's dream is who?". The video is a little sad.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmGXt0YGAzA

ពាក្យតែប៉ុន្មានម៉ាត់សោះ
Just a few words

ឲ្យអារម្មណ៍ខ្ញុំប្រែ
So my feeling changes

ឈឺដែរទេរាប់គ្នាជាមិត្ត
It hurts because we only know each other as friends

សម្តីបងស្រាលៗ តែសង្កត់ធ្ងន់លើចិត្ត
The words are light and not serious but are heavy on my heart

ទោះពាក្យពិតតែចាក់បេះដូង
Although they are true words they pierce my words

ខំចិញ្ចឹមចិត្តស្រឡាញ់ក្នុងមួយជីវិតអូន
I try hard to fan the romantic flames

ដើម្បីបងលះបង់គ្រប់យ៉ាង
So bong gives up everything (to be with me)

តែទង្វើល្អៗ បងបែររុញទៅម្ខាង
But every good deed -- instead, bong goes to the other side

បងអះអាងមិនអាចលាយឡំនឹងអារម្មណ៍ស្នេហ៍
Bong says that he can't mix (our relationship) with love

នារីក្នុងសុបិនបងគេជាអ្នកណា?
The lady in bong's dream who is she?

ប្រាប់បានទេហេតុអ្វីស្នេហ៍គេ?
Can you tell me why you love her?

ខ្ញុំចង់រៀនតាម ចង់ធ្វើជាគេ
I want to learn how to be like her, become her

អាចជំនួសគេបានអត់?
Can I replace her or not?

ពេលខ្លះក៏ដឹងខ្លួនថាមិនអាចទៅរួច
Sometimes also I realize I cannot do it

តែមិនព្រមឈប់ប្រឹងទាល់តែហត់
But I won't stop until I am exhausted

ពេលនេះឈឺចាប់បានសម្រេចហើយ
Now I am very hurt

សមមុខមនុស្សល្ងង់...
A stupid girl like me deserves it
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Re: Khmer Songs Beyond Lyrics

Postby Jamie_Lambo » Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:06 am

merchantsmutual wrote:This song has been my jam lately. The title means like "the lady in bong's dream is who?". The video is a little sad.




nice, thanks for taking the time and contributing here :bravo:

the girl who sings that song won the Cambodian Idol 2 last year,
the boy in the video is the winner of Cambodian Idol 1 :thumbsup:

this was by far my favourite singer from Cambodian Idol 2 last year, her voice was incredible, didnt make it past the 2nd round though :O

i wrote the lyrics for you to read..
រលកដួងចិត្ត ជីវិតស្នេហា
ប្រាប់ថាជាតិនេះចំបែង
រស់នៅកំព្រា រងាម្នាក់ឯង
សង្រេងព្រោះគ្តស្នេហ៍ស្នង
ស្នេហ៍អើយសូមបងមេត្តា
សូមបងមេតា្ត
ឆ្លើយមក ឆ្លើយមកស្នេហា
អោយអូនដឹងផង
អូននឹក នឹកដល់ប្រុសថ្លៃ
គ្មានថ្ងៃកន្លង
នេះម្តងធ្វើម្តេចនឹងបាន
ប្រាណមកថ្នមបី
រលកចិន្តា ស្នេហាកវី
លុះក្ស័យស្រីនៅតែចាំ

Personally i prefer watching the Voice over Cambodia Idol, more fun to watch,
you should get into the new Voice Kids Cambodia if you like your music...
this kid was a blast the other week

loved this girl at the weekend, love this song

this girl was great too
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Re: Khmer Songs Beyond Lyrics

Postby merchantsmutual » Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:43 pm

Jamie: my Khmer friend sent me the ពេជ្រ ថៃ video recently. One of the things I noticed watching the prologue and the interview after he stuns the crowd and that he is actually 12 years old and says that he is a middle school student. But when he stands next to Sokun Nisa and the other famous singer who holds him, you can see he is a very short child, seemingly no more than 5-6 if I had to guess. I hope he doesn't have some issue like malnutrition.

The Khmer comments are fawning. I wonder why they like him so much.
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Re: Khmer Songs Beyond Lyrics

Postby violet » Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:51 pm

merchantsmutual wrote:Jamie: my Khmer friend sent me the ពេជ្រ ថៃ video recently. One of the things I noticed watching the prologue and the interview after he stuns the crowd and that he is actually 12 years old and says that he is a middle school student. But when he stands next to Sokun Nisa and the other famous singer who holds him, you can see he is a very short child, seemingly no more than 5-6 if I had to guess. I hope he doesn't have some issue like malnutrition.

The Khmer comments are fawning. I wonder why they like him so much.

Are you talking about the kid singing the sinn sisamouth song? If so, sinn sisamouth + 12 year old + reality tv = fawning. It is a universal truth
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When you go home, tell them of us and say, For your tomorrow, we gave our today.
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Re: Khmer Songs Beyond Lyrics

Postby Jamie_Lambo » Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:36 am

merchantsmutual wrote:Jamie: my Khmer friend sent me the ពេជ្រ ថៃ video recently. One of the things I noticed watching the prologue and the interview after he stuns the crowd and that he is actually 12 years old and says that he is a middle school student. But when he stands next to Sokun Nisa and the other famous singer who holds him, you can see he is a very short child, seemingly no more than 5-6 if I had to guess. I hope he doesn't have some issue like malnutrition.

The Khmer comments are fawning. I wonder why they like him so much.


yeah mate, couldnt get my head round it, he is so small for 12!!
i had to rewind and listen to it multiple times when i first watched it to make sure i was hearing right haha it even says it in the text :-o

forgot to link this lad too from last week,
hes another lad who looks younger than his age (14yo)
sings G-Davith song "my life"
absolutely kills it, better than the original lol (been to 3 G-Davith concerts this year haha)
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Re: Khmer Songs Beyond Lyrics

Postby Jamie_Lambo » Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:46 am

violet wrote:
merchantsmutual wrote:Jamie: my Khmer friend sent me the ពេជ្រ ថៃ video recently. One of the things I noticed watching the prologue and the interview after he stuns the crowd and that he is actually 12 years old and says that he is a middle school student. But when he stands next to Sokun Nisa and the other famous singer who holds him, you can see he is a very short child, seemingly no more than 5-6 if I had to guess. I hope he doesn't have some issue like malnutrition.

The Khmer comments are fawning. I wonder why they like him so much.

Are you talking about the kid singing the sinn sisamouth song? If so, sinn sisamouth + 12 year old + reality tv = fawning. It is a universal truth


hes a charming cheeky chappy, thats why,
he would be getting "fawned" over in any country if he performed the way he did
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Re: Khmer Songs Beyond Lyrics

Postby merchantsmutual » Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:35 am

I had never heard of this Khmer rapper, but this is great stuff. It is like Nine Inch Nails mixed with K Pop.

On an unrelated note, where can you catch concerts in Cambodia? When I visited, I asked around and was willing to pay even $100 for some prime Carabao concert seats but nobody knew anything.
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Khmer Songs Beyond Lyrics

Postby ផោមក្លិនស្អុយ » Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:10 am

Jamie_Lambo wrote:
violet wrote:
merchantsmutual wrote:Jamie: my Khmer friend sent me the ពេជ្រ ថៃ video recently. One of the things I noticed watching the prologue and the interview after he stuns the crowd and that he is actually 12 years old and says that he is a middle school student. But when he stands next to Sokun Nisa and the other famous singer who holds him, you can see he is a very short child, seemingly no more than 5-6 if I had to guess. I hope he doesn't have some issue like malnutrition.

The Khmer comments are fawning. I wonder why they like him so much.

Are you talking about the kid singing the sinn sisamouth song? If so, sinn sisamouth + 12 year old + reality tv = fawning. It is a universal truth


hes a charming cheeky chappy, thats why,
he would be getting "fawned" over in any country if he performed the way he did

The twelve year old who studies in grade 7? He looks and acts about 6 but his confidence is that of a 16 year old.
He is good entertainment.
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Re: Khmer Songs Beyond Lyrics

Postby Miguelito » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:14 pm

I spend zero time around kids here, but seeing as a lot of 20 year olds looks 15, 30 year olds look 20, etc, it only makes sense that a 12 year old may look a lot younger, no?
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Khmer Songs Beyond Lyrics

Postby ផោមក្លិនស្អុយ » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:47 pm

Miguelito wrote:I spend zero time around kids here, but seeing as a lot of 20 year olds looks 15, 30 year olds look 20, etc, it only makes sense that a 12 year old may look a lot younger, no?

Not really.
For foreigners trying to guess ages then maybe but my staff couldn't believe that he was 12. They said 'I think maybe he lie'.
I don't think he is lying and I don't think he is a midget, just is unusually young looking.
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Re: Khmer Songs Beyond Lyrics

Postby Jamie_Lambo » Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:51 pm

merchantsmutual wrote:I had never heard of this Khmer rapper, but this is great stuff. It is like Nine Inch Nails mixed with K Pop.

On an unrelated note, where can you catch concerts in Cambodia? When I visited, I asked around and was willing to pay even $100 for some prime Carabao concert seats but nobody knew anything.


easy enough, most concerts get advertised on facebook, tv, posters and word of mouth,
theres concerts on every weekend at somewhere in the country and often have them mid week too,

best way for you to know if a concert is coming up is by checking facebook, make sure you 'like' all the main drink brands as they usually advertise their concerts if they have a big one coming up, mainly Angkor, Ganzberg, Cambodia, Anchor, Tuborg, Carabao, Leo etc. any day there is a holiday or special occasion they will be numerous concerts
this was the last concert i went to, it had G-Davith, Preap Sovath, Aok Sokunkanha and Khemerak Sereymon performing as the main singers
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G-Davith (the rapper) is fun live...


also follow your favourite singers on facebook, as they often post when they might be performing at a concert or gig at a bar,
i went to see my favourite singer Aok Sokunkanha at a small intimate gig in Phnom Penh earlier this year,
got to meet her after the gig too (and yes, i shamelessly got a picture with her haha)
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Re: Khmer Songs Beyond Lyrics

Postby merchantsmutual » Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:24 am

Jamie. Good answer, thanks.

I sometimes wonder how much the Khmer stars make. Can't be all that much.
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Re: Khmer Songs Beyond Lyrics

Postby Jamie_Lambo » Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:05 am

merchantsmutual wrote:Jamie. Good answer, thanks.

I sometimes wonder how much the Khmer stars make. Can't be all that much.


yeah it crosses my mind also
i think they earn a pretty penny though, mainly through all the sponsorships and the amount of work they actually do
the top superstars perform at concerts every week, TV appearances etc
but just going back to the concerts,
they (the beer company?) can afford to pay for the whole concert (theyre always free so they dont get money from ticket sales)
buying beers at the concert gets you raffle tickets to where you can win numerous prizes at the end of the concert
including brand new motorbikes etc
im sure the main superstars, the ones that are the faces that are going to bring the crowds in,
im sure they get looked after,

but yeah even tonight i was even thinking about how much (or not so much) they might be earning when i was watching this weeks the voice kids cambodia
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Re: Khmer Songs Beyond Lyrics

Postby merchantsmutual » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:55 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOYsNlYv3h4

This charming song reminds me why I started learning Khmer. It is about a husband going to dig around for the country crabs so his wife can prepare samlaw (a sort of spicy stew/soup whatever . . .
I honestly have heard so many people call so many soup like things samlaw that I am not sure):

ថ្ងៃរះ រះទទឹងផ្លូវ

the sun rises, rises over the road

បងលីចបទៅ ទៅស្រែជីកក្ដាម

bong carries the hoe, goes to the field to dig for crabs

អូនអើយអូនកុំទៅតាម

Oun sweetie don't follow along

នែ! បងទៅជីកក្ដាមអោយអូនឯងស្ល

Here! Bong will go dig the crabs so oun can make the stew

ក្ដាមស្រែវាពិតជាឆ្ងាញ់

The country crab is really tasty

ព្រោះសម្បូរខ្លាញ់ ណាស្រស់បវរ

Because its skin is oily, the fresh one is great

បងជីកអោយច្រើនមក

Bong dig so can give oun many

នែ! អូនចាត់ចែងស្លជូនបងពិសា

Here! Oun will prepare samlaw for bong to taste

បងទៅជីកជិតនេះទេ

Bong will go dig near here

សូមកែវមាសស្នេហ៍ កុំដើរទៅណា

To give you one cup, sweetheart. Don't walk anywhere

បងទៅឆាប់ទេជ៉វ៉ា

I will go quickly my life (like sweetheart)

អោយតែកែវពុំងាអាំងស្លទាន់ព្រឹក

Just so that you can make the stew while it's morning

ឆាប់មកណាប្ដីសម្លាញ់

Go quickly my dear husband

អូនធ្វើអោយឆ្ងាញ់ មានគោកមានទឹក

I will make tasty, the stew will have dry and have wet (like it will have the soup portion and also meat, vegetables, et al)

យើងគ្របទុកត្រៀមបម្រុង

All of us will prepare

ក្លែមក្ដាមបាយព្រឹកអោយឆ្ងាញ់មាត់ម្ដង

A snack of country crab in the morning is so tasty
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Re: Khmer Songs Beyond Lyrics

Postby merchantsmutual » Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:18 pm

To me the best Khmer songs are the ones that are a bit "hokey" or "cutesy" but actually reflect a different culture. This classic is about a country guy who wants to get married but doesn't really have anything but farm animals and some land.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qzNwRUThW8

ស្នេហ៏អូននឹកចង់តែរៀបការ

Love and miss oun just want to get married

សន្យាចាំបងមានលុយសិនថ្លៃ

I promise, sweetie -- just wait I'll have money very soon

គ្មានប្រាក់ រៀបការម្ដេចកើតទៅ

No money -- how can I possibly get married?

ពឹងម៉ែពឹងពុក គាត់មានតែស្រែ

Ask mom ask dad they have only ricefields

នឹកស្រមែ ចង់ក្លាយជាអ្នកមានដែរ

Dream of becoming a rich man indeed

នឹងប្រាប់អោយម៉ែ ចូលស្ដីជីវា

And tell them so mom goes to discuss the marriage

ធ្វើស្រែកើនស្រូវ ប្រឹងឡើងត្នោត

Work the fields so the rice grows, try hard to climb the palm trees

មានភ័ព្វ ត្រូវឆ្នោតមិនបាច់ វាចា

Have luck so don't need to win the lottery
(this particular one confused me)

ដូររទោះ យកឡាន រុះខ្ទមសង់វីឡា

Change the ox cart to a car, tear down the hut make a villa

ក្រោយរៀបការ លែងភ័យ

Afterwards marry and forget my troubles

មានច្រើនក្របី ជ្រូកសេះគោ

Have lots of oxens, pigs, horses, cows

មាន់ទាស្រែពិរហិកតា កេរយាយ

Chickens, ducks, two acres of ricefields

បើស្រូវហាងឆេង បានថ្លៃ

If the ricefields go up in value I will be rich

សេដ្ធីស្រុកស្រែគឺបង

The rich man of the ricefields will be me

តែនៅពេលនេះបងជិះក្របី នៅឡើយទេ

But now I am still riding the oxen :(

បងច្រឡំៗ សោះ

Wait I am confused

ស្មានថាជិះឡាន

I thought you were already driving a car

នឹកស្មានថាបានស្គាល់ឡានថ្មី

Thought that it was a new car

ជិះក្របីតាមវាលស្រែសោះ

But still riding the oxen through the ricefields
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