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Champa Meuang Lao

§1 Oh! Champa Flower, when I admire you

I could envision thousands in my mind.

I could see your heart; I could enjoy your sweet fragrance.
I could see the flower garden that my father had planted long ago.

Whenever I feel melancholy, I think of thee
and I no longer feel lonely or sad.

Oh! Champa Flower, you have stood by my side
since I was young.

§2 Your fragrance is significant; in my heart it stands
with love and affection.

I treasure your sweet scent, for when I feel lonely,
I can breathe in your sweet fragrance, My Dear Sweet Champa.

Sniffing your delicate fragrance is like my long lost friend.
You have been a beautiful flower since the beginning of time,
My Dear Champa Flower, My Beloved Flower.

§3 Oh! Champa Flower, the flower of our beloved country,
Muang Laos, you are as beautiful as glittering stars.

All Lao people adore you in their hearts;
You are born in Lan Xaang, the Land of a Million Elephants.1

If we depart from our homeland and flee far away from her,
we will always have you as our true friend
as long as we live.

Oh! Champa Flower,the exquisitely beautiful flower,
and the auspicious flower of Muang Laos.

Edel Alon
Edel Alon
Edel-Ryan Alon is a starving musician, failed artist, connoisseur of fine foods, aspiring entrepreneur, husband, father of two, geek by day, cook by night, and an all around great guy.


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