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Dream Rovers is an Iranian country music band. Founded by university students Erfan Rezayatbakhsh (elf) and Ahmad Motevassel, their unexpected group sings country music from a long way away from Nashville. This song was inspired by watching an Iranian television documentary about female genital mutilation. When Erfan changed the channel, there was a Taylor Swift music video. Inspired, he wrote a song about a letter to a country music superstar reminding her that she lives a very, very different life than some of her fans.
This song reminds me of just how little I know about Iran and the Iranian people. What little I do know is pretty one dimensional, because I found it so surprising that a group could record this at what is ground zero for the Iranian revolution. What's more, this was written on the heels of the massive pr0-democracy protests in Tehran in 2009, and the hard government crackdown then.
This video only has 41,000 views, and that's a shame. The world is a much more complicated place than we can imagine.