For Women Life Freedom

by Ingrid Robeyns on October 10, 2022

Baraye, or “For”, is the song the Iranian regime took off Instragram as fast as they could, and if you listen to it (and read the translated lyrics) you will understand why. Since the current Iranian regime wants as few people as possible to see this, let’s make our tiny contribution in gettting this viral.

It is such an amazing song. So pure and so intens – both the love and the pain.

The artist who made this, Shervin Hajipour, was first arrested and later released – but god knows what he had to sign before being able to leave prison. He’s been quiet on Twitter since, but it’s nice to see that spotify still has his account and the song.

Asghar Seyed-Gohrab, professor of Persian studies at my department, wrote a blogpost explaining the lyrics.



Ingrid Robeyns 10.11.22 at 3:24 pm

Dance Company 058 has (under the leadership of an Iranian artist, I’ve been told), made a choreography on the music of Baraye:


novakant 10.12.22 at 9:04 am

This is a beautiful and incredibly sad song.

It’s also very informative if all the references are explained, so your link is very helpful.

Thanks for posting.


Ingrid Robeyns 10.12.22 at 6:02 pm

This is also beautiful – a cover of the original by Rana Mansour, a US-raised daughter of Iranian refugees:

I found another one on Youtube that has slightly different translations (which are unfortunately posted over the eyes/head of Shervin Hajipour) – – and has been watched over 1 million times. Wouldn’t it be nice if that became at least 10 million, or more? Share it on Twitter, FB, Instragram etc!


Akshay 10.13.22 at 4:53 pm

That song and performance makes me tear up every time. What a beautiful young man, and what a miserable regime that would harm such people.

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