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The Ballad of Mossadegh

Kristin Lems
Kristin Lems


8. The Ballad of Mossadegh

words and music by Kristin Lems

© 2015 Kleine Ding Music (BMI)

Mohamed Mossadegh is written about and remembered as the “father of modern Iran,” and is an inspiration to those anywhere in the world struggling for self-determination.  Learn more about him here.



1. Mohamed Mossadegh stood for the people  

Born into a wealthy class

Could have merely enjoyed his privilege and power

But this servant leader chose another path

2. Studied law in Switzerland, returned to Iran

Elected to Iran’s new parliament

Took part in Iran’s constitutional revolution

Built people’s power wherever he went

3. Served as governor, finance minister

His reforms widely loved across Iran

Till the shah was forced to make him prime minister

Mossadegh kept democracy pushing on

4. He stood up to the generals and to the aristocracy

Stood up to the monarchy

And then he stood up to British petroleum

And from their hold broke Iran free

5.  Those who rule by force are quickly forgotten

Their cruel deeds erased from memory

But for this patriot of Persia, Mohammed Mossadegh,

Our memory is as fresh as can be

6. Trusting the people, and listening to their wisdom

This is what a servant leader gives

As long as democracy is loved anywhere

Dr. Mossadegh lives.

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