This pop song about same-sex relationships is getting Iranians’ attention

Googoosh, known as Iran's Madonna (does every country have a Madonna?), sings in this video about forbidden love.  "I know (they say) these feelings/should not be, but they are," she sings, according to the lyrics on YouTube.

The video appears to show a young woman through the eyes of her lover -- and at the end, the camera pulls out to show us that the lover is a woman, too. A conviction for homosexuality can carry the death penalty in Iran.

Googoosh is popular among Iranians, though she left the country in 2000. She had not been able to perform in her home country since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. The video was posted on Valentine's Day and has gotten traction among Iranians. Here's what the video director, an Iranian-born German named Navid Akhavan, had to say, according to the Associated Press:

“That shows the subject is something that, if you’re for it or against it, draws attention,” Akhavan said in an interview with The Associated Press during a visit to Amsterdam.

Government-controlled newspapers have criticized the video, and labelled Googoosh “anti-revolutionary” because of it — the equivalent of accusing her of treason.

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Navid said he had received an outpouring of thanks from gays in Iran, who feel that affirmation of their existence by a celebrity of Googoosh’s status is a major breakthrough.

Here's a full translation of the lyrics, according to YouTube:

I fear this misleading road of doubt
I fear this dead end road
I am afraid of this feeling
that is still persistent between us

The end of this road is not clear
I know this, just like you do
Don't tell me to stop loving
You can't do that and I can't either
We can't go back to where we were
And we can't find a way out of this dead-end
I know (they say) these feelings
should not be, but they are

I am beginning to be afraid of a dream
A dream we both might have dreamed
About the fact that we both
rotated anticlockwise
For escaping from this hell
there is no other way than to end this life
I don't know but maybe even heaven
is not big enough for us

The end of this road is not clear
I know this, just like you do
Don't tell me to stop loving
You can't do that and I can't either
We can't go back to where we were
And we can't find a way out of this dead-end
I know (they say) these feelings
should not be, but they are

Terri Rupar is The Post's mobile product editor.
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