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ح​ل​ب​چ​ه / Halabja

by اکوان (Akvan)

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Come and see Adam's nature Absent pretense Come and see His base instinct His true intent Come and see The wisdom of Satan's defiance Made in His image Are the tanks And the bombs Made in His image Are the slaughter And the rape Made in His image Are the Tabun And the Sarin Filling the infant's lungs "Freedom isn't free" Chemical arms Democracy's Currency Ghastly laughter Envenomed skies The mouth of hell Opens wide Scalding emerald Spews from their throats On baleful fumes The newborns choke The putrid stench Of seething flesh Bodies shrouded In noxious death Wailing mothers Fading breath A silent city Stands bereft As the children Collapsed and writhed With craven silence The world replied Their shrieks of fear Their blinded eyes The world complicit Scorned their cries


As implied by its title, this single was inspired by the horrific events that took place on March 16, 1988 in the Kurdish city of Halabja, Iraq during the final days of the Iran-Iraq war. The opening lyrics, "come and see", allude to director Elem Klimov's eponymous masterpiece, which captures the horrors of war with an unsettling and harrowing realism very few filmmakers have been able to achieve.The lyrics "a silent city" are a nod to the stunningly beautiful collaboration album by the legendary Kayhan Kalhor and Brooklyn Rider, whose title track also serves as a requiem for the events that took place on that dark day in Halabja.


released November 6, 2020

اکوان is:

Vizaresa - Vocals, Tar, Guitars, and Battery

Music and lyrics by Vizaresa. Recorded in Isfahan, Iran.


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