Thursday, July 2, 2009

شکوه آزادی با ماست

شکوه آزادی با ماست

"It's a silence the lonely know
in the fire the rainbows grows
you can push it down my friend

it will come up ten fold again

we will erase your name, we will show no restraint

how much blood must be shed

on the streets of unrest
we will bleed as long need be
that river will remove you from history

we will erase your name, we will show no restraint

you have robbed us for many years
but we have saved every last tear
we have suffered all of your hate
and now we march down to your gates

we will erase your name, we will show no restraint

Freedom, Glory, Be Our Name
Freedom, Glory, Be Our Name

you think your power is secure
when you startle us with the threat of war
but fear has its limits too
we are no longer scared of you

we will erase your name, we will show no restraint

we will burn your temple to the ground
we will tear all your prisons down
your gallows will be set for burning
just before one last hanging

we will erase your name, we will show no restraint

Freedom, Glory, Be Our Name
Freedom, Glory, Be Our Name

now we give you one last chance
to do what's right and to let us dance
or the hand of fate will become a fist
a force your thugs can not resist

The fields where soldiers practice their killing
can be a spread of green grass
where the boisterous rainbow children may dance
while the one who beams with
ultimate command
will merely be a smile"*

(*Written by Shamloo)
- Shoukoeh Azadi Ba Mast

“Freedom, Glory, Be Our Name”
is dedicated to the people of Iran and the citizens of the world who stand with them.

The Freedom Glory Project is the collective aim of "Iranian-American musicians, artists, and filmmakers united in keeping the struggle for freedom alive", instigated by Johnny B. of Electric Black, born in Iran and raised in New York City.

"One week after a sea of people with raised fists poured
into the streets of Tehran, frustrated with a stolen election-
and decades of domination - four distinct Iranian
recording artists came together in New York City."

The Freedom Glory Project are:
Johnny B; Raam; Ali Eskandarian; Esfand ; Nariman Hamed; Doug Wright.

Written by Johnny B.
Poetry read
by Shoja Azari.

Produced By:
Freedom Glory Project and Andre Fratto

Engineered by Amos Halfi
Recorded at Skyline studio





Thank you ever so much. That is some powerful fine musick. The spirit of Woody Guthrie is alive in this here planet. This land is your land this land is my land we are all one this spinning orb is all our home.

Also thanks for the poetry translation. it was supreme to read along as Sri Shoja read out loud.

ib said...

Thanks, NØ.

The accompanying video - directed by Nariman, and featuring The Freedom Glory Project playing live in NYC to a very receptive crowd - is well worth checking out.

The Shamloo translation was lifted directly from their site. Link at the foot of the post.

Your driver said...

Alright. I'm going to sound real cynical here. You can hate me for it if you like. The US elections were stolen in 2000 and again in 2004. The vote fraud was so transparent as to be undeniable. Also, the US Senate is so completely able to block the will of the people that American democracy is a fraud. If we weren't the world's reigning superpower our elections would be compared with Uzbekistan's.

So, there are two Islamist parties running in the Iranian election. The current president is a self righteous religious phony. His opponent, by contrast, is a self righteous religious phony who helped lead the war against Iraq, where battalions of children were sent out to clear minefields with their bodies.

The same Americans who were pleased with the theft of the two US elections are suddenly braying about "freedom" and demanding that we pick a side in Iran's election. Why? What do they have to gain? Please don't tell me their only interest is in "freedom".

Somebody in the west, and it ain't me, has a huge financial stake in the outcome of this election. They want us to believe that "we" have a horse in this race. I don't believe it.

This reminds me of the cynical manipulation of The Darfur issue. France is ass deep in mass murder in The Congo and the US is using Ethiopian proxies to kill tens of thousands of Somalis but no one, except the victims is crying genocide.

The issue in Darfur and probably in Iran is Western access to oil reserves. That's the Western issue. I'm forced to read the English language press, so I have no idea what the real issue is.

ib said...

It's coming up for 6:30 AM here, but I was woken by a car alarm which ran for an hour or so until the owner - presumably - dragged his sorry ass out of bed, so I'm making an early start on checking in here...

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a healthy dose of cynicism.

You are right, of course, in declaring that there is not so much to separate the leading candidates in the disputed Iranian election.

The real issue, though, is that the 'fixing' ignited decades of suppurating rage which so obviously - and quite startlingly - erupted on the streets of Tehran. As much in reaction, perhaps, to the shooting and murder of the pregnant Neda Agha Soltan by the state police as to the initial two party dispute.

Those people there want their collective voice to carry weight.

I like that line in there about burning "your temple to the ground" and tearing all your "prisons down".

Now, I don't believe for one second that those - or all those - who dared publicly protest have revolution on the agenda. But, in spirit at least, this song burns with all the frustration of the Clash's 'White Riot'.

Have the police handed Soltan's body back to her family yet ? I am guilty of major lapses in following events from afar, I freely admit.

One of my son's classmates was born in Iran.

In conversation, her mother got quite nostalgic for the days of the Shah; when woman were not forced to cover their heads and were able to smoke openly at cafe tables on the streets at night.

For generations, Iran - and Persia before it - was tolerant of its children's right to exercise basic freedoms.

Since 1979 that has not been the case.

Human Rights Watch declares that from 2005 "the Ahmadinejad government, in a pronounced shift from the policy under former president Mohammed Khatami, has shown no tolerance for peaceful protests and gatherings."

Ahmadinejad is no Saddam Hussein, of course. Equally, Khamenei is no Khomeini; but still the Ayatollahs run the show.

I don't see that rule being extinguished, but any spark of defiance deserves to be nurtured.

Strike a match. Strike a chord.