tirsdag 30. juli 2013

Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Shirin & Farhad

"Shirin & Farhad" is an old Persian tragic romance about two lovers who can't have each other. It was written by Nizami Ganjavi and based upon the true story of the love of the Sassanian king Khosrow II for the Aramean princess Shirin who becomes his queen. Unfortunately Shirin is in love with the sculptor Farhad, and the story does not end well. American singer/songwriter Jonathan Richman wrote a song about the tragedy that first appeared as a B-side to his 1985 12-inch single "I'm Just Beginning To Live", and then on his 1986 album It's Time For Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers. It's a stunningly charming retelling of the story. The chorus goes "Shirin, pretty Shirin, had a real McCoy lover in her young Farhad", very typical of Richman.



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