The haunting tune of an Iranian musician, composed from the tweets of supporters of the Iranian protesters which officials are desperately trying to erase from social media and that became an online hit has now inspired a viral photograph.
Singer Shervin Hajipour shared the clip which went on to notch up millions of views before he was summoned for an interview by Iranian police.
The lyrics of the song ‘Baraye . . ” which means “For . . ” in English did the first three lines where he says for dancing in the streets, For the fear when kissing, For my sister, your sister, our sisters.
Now this photograph shot on an Iranian street in Shiraz, Fars Province, has surfaced in which a young man kisses a woman who is not wearing a hijab in traffic.
The full lyrics are as follows.
For dancing in the streets
For the fear when kissing
For my sister, your sister, our sisters
For changing the rotten brains
For the shame of inability to provide, for being penniless
For yearning of just a normal life
For the dumpster diving boy and his dreams
For this planned economy
For this polluted air
For Valiasr street and it’s tired dying trees
For Piruz and his possible extinction
For the massacre of the innocent dogs
For these never ending tears
For the dream of a moment that will never happen again
For the smiling faces
For the students, for future
For this heaven being forced on you
For the imprisoned intellectual elite
For the discriminated Afghan children
For each and every one of all of these “for”s
For all these empty propaganda chants
For the houses in rubble, collapsing like a house of cards
For the feel of peace
For the sun after long nights
For all the pills for nerves and insomnia
For men, homeland and prosperity
For the girls wishing they were boys
For women, life, freedom
The song was basically written using tweets by Iranians following Amini’s death which blame the country’s social, economic, and political difficulties on the country’s clerics.
A few days before his arrest he had posted the song which is meant to describe the current situation in the Islamic Republic caused by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amani.
Many Iranian celebrities including sports people and people from the arts have been arrested after indicating that they supported the protesters.