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Thai army chief shows sensitive side with 'happiness' song

Published on Jun 9, 2014 5:55 PM
 
Female Thai soldiers sing patriotic songs on a military truck as soldiers and police take positions to prevent demonstrations against military rule at Victory Monument in Bangkok on June 3, 2014. A ballad penned by a coup-making army chief promising to bring happiness back to Thailand has been viewed more than 200,000 times on YouTube, in the military's latest effort to put a positive spin on its putsch. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - A ballad penned by a coup-making army chief promising to bring happiness back to Thailand has been viewed more than 200,000 times on YouTube, in the military's latest effort to put a positive spin on its putsch.

The normally stern-faced General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who led the May 22 military overthrow of the civilian government, can now list songwriting among his talents after writing the lyrics to "Return happiness to Thailand".

The song - featuring reassuring lines such as "we offer to take care and protect you with our hearts" and "give us a little more time" - has proved an hit since the Royal Thai Army band put Gen Prayut's words to music on Friday and released it on their website.

 
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