Synth-pop act Polycat evokes Oct. 6 massacre with bittersweet song (Video)

A synth-pop band released a song commemorating the Oct. 6, 1976, massacre this afternoon.

The trio behind Polycat dropped a new music video for Will Go Back to You that’s dedicated to the victims of the Thammasat University massacre in which dozens of students were murdered 45 years ago today.

According to singer-songwriter Rattana Junprasit, the song of nearly four minutes was inspired by some of the survivors’ words recalling the eve of the massacre on Oct. 5, and the generation’s enduring hopes.

The animated video shows symbols of self-determination from the ‘70s and now.

Here are some of the lyrics:

“As I am ordered to lie down on the ground, my heart will still stand.

If I am to be imprisoned, it can only be done physically.

Soon the sky will dawn, and then, when everything calms down, I will go back to you.”

The band, founded 10 years ago in the northern province of Chiang Mai, currently consists of Rattana, Piew Watanabe and Palakorn Gunjina.

Memory-holed by the state, the Oct. 6, 1976 massacre at Thammasat University was stoked by disinformation and propaganda fanning the flames of nationalism and provoking security forces and right-wing paramilitaries to murder student pro-democracy campaigners.


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