Hey Ayatollah, Leave Those Kids Alone!

If you’ve read much of this blog, you’ll know that Pink Floyd is just about my all-time favorite band. In fact, because of the poignant social commentary their music provides, I’ve probably included more of their music on here than any other band. Well, there’s good news for those of you who share my feelings on the importance of Pink Floyd’s music.

According to this Newser article: Pink Floyd Anthem Now Iranian Freedom Cry,

Roger Waters, the former Pink Floyd frontman and writer of the band’s anthem, “Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)”, is permitting two exiled Iranian brothers full use of the song to protest the current Iranian regime. The brothers and their band, Blurred Vision, remade the song with a few changes to reflect the Islamic Republic’s crackdown on dissent. Their version of the original, which was released in 1979, the same year the Islamic Revolution overtook Iran, replaces the chorus with “Mullahs, leave those kids alone. Hey Ayatollah, leave those kids alone!”

This is so cool, and potentially very powerful! Here is the web release video:

And for those of you who want more, here’s a link to Blurred Vision’s Facebook page. You can also download the single at Another Brick in the Wall – Single by Blurred Vision on iTunes (half of all proceeds go to Amnesty International).

Damn guys, this might end up being bigger than Boobquake!

I want ice water.

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25 thoughts on “Hey Ayatollah, Leave Those Kids Alone!

    • I so agree! I also hope this effort goes well. πŸ˜€

      I’m considering adding a page of links to my posts with music, sorted by artist and song. It’d be quite the task, so I’m wondering if it would be worth the effort. What do you think? πŸ˜•

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      • Sounds like a lot of work, although it would be interesting for newcomers like me to see. Personally, I’d probably be looking for posts based on their subject matter. If I wanted just the music, I could probably find it a lot of places. But then, I’ve not been into music for quite a while.

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  1. ‘Damn guys, this might end up being bigger than Boobquake!’

    I hope so Mak. But it’s the post title that caught my attention. Do you know the torture of being an abused child (not sexually but physically and psychologically -which always follows) then knowing later that you can’t blame most of your abusers? I know because I’m one. Bottom line here: all religious extremists, even so-called christians, are psychos.

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    • I’ so sorry to hear that my friend. And I agree with your assessment of religious extremists as well. The problem is that there is no real way to determine what is and what is not across the line, which forces us to leave it up to individual cultures to decide. To me, the true bottom line is that human rights are universal, and there’s no such thing as opening Pandora’s box just a “little” bit! 😐

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  2. Yeah, if there ever was an anti establishment song, it’s this one. We felt like rebels back in high school, just singing it.

    At first I thought it was a bit questionable, for this song to be used for political reasons. But I guess it’s a worthy cause, when used against radical extremists’ indoctrination of generations of children.

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    • If I had to guess, I’d say that the original song was itself a political statement by Waters about the terrible history of the British school system! As such, I think it’s very appropriate for this cause. πŸ˜€

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  3. Too bad it wasn’t AS good as the actual music video from Pink Floyd. It would’ve ROCKED good!!!! Lol. Anyways, you should start thinking about putting Rock You Like A Hurricane if you’re interested in this genre of music. Oh and I simply laughed when I heard you say this: “Hey Ayatollah, Leave Those Kids Alone! Hehehe. Interesting.

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    • I agree that it wasn’t as good as the original, but who knows what they had to go through just to produce this?!?! The β€œHey Ayatollah, Leave Those Kids Alone!” title was way better than anything I came up with! And a little Scorpions can never hurt! πŸ˜€

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