“Someone”

“SOMEONE”

I’ve had a dream that someone is coming.
I have dreamed of a red star,
My eyes lids twitched
and my shoes pared before me
May I go blind
if I’m lying.
Someone is coming,
someone is coming.

Someone who’s with us
In his heart, In his breath, In his voice
Someone who’s coming,
through the rain, the splashing rain,
The bright blue sky

I’ve had a dream that someone is coming.
His height is greater than the trees
I dreamed of that star when I wasn’t sleeping
I swept the stairs and washed the windows too
Someone is coming,
someone is coming.

I’ve had a dream that someone is coming.
I have dreamed of a red star,
My eyes lids twitched
and my shoes pared before me
May I go blind
if I’m lying.
Someone is coming,
someone is coming.

Spread out the tablecloth
Divide up the bread
Pass out the pepsi
Distribute the medicine
Give everybody hospital rooms
Give us all our share too

I have dreamed
I have dreamed
I have dreamed
Someone is coming

SAEED SHAHRAM

A noted composer with over 40 feature length movie soundtracks to his credit since 1983, he has been a part of the music industry in Iran for his whole life. His accomplishments include awards for “Two Sides of a Coin” and “Abadanies”, the latter winning the prize for Best Film at the 1994 International Film Festival in Locarno, Switzerland. He successfully fuses the East and the West in all aspects of his music, whether it’s in the 12 scales or Dastgahs of Iran or the Major and Minor scales of the West, the instrumentation, or even the lyrics, as we see on his album, Stand on the Earth. In this Persian jazz album recorded in 1999, the lyrics belong to Iran’s beloved female poet, Forough Farrokhzad, who was a pioneer in giving female artists a voice during times of repression and wrote for the people of egalitarian dreams and peace. Farrokhzad united people with her words and especially through her documentary “Khaaneh Sia Ast” (The House is Black) about a Leper colony in Tabriz, Iran.

POETRY

A new style of poem was born in Iran by Nima Yushij in the 1920’s, outdating almost 3 millennia of traditional, ancient Persian literature and poetry. The New Poetry Movement was especially pioneered by Forough Farrokhzad, who was the first woman to popularize writing in rhyme, using visual imagery, and voicing individual perspective in the persona. Farrokhzad spoke of her life with no boundaries, which became controversial because she spoke of intimate encounters, which would contradict the oppression against women speaking freely. As a result, she was banned at times and censored, though now she is studied and admired for her work, after tragically passing away in a car accident at age 32.

By Neda Shahram

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