"Tehran" as written by and Bryan Holland....
In your plane in the blue sky
You roam again
Words that echo in your mind
Make your heart beat faster
This is no Vietnam
We will win in Iran

The Captain said kill or die
Islam be damned
Make your last stand
In Tehran

Warrior, the time bombs
About to go
What will you feel
Will you even wonder
If the man that's in your sights
Ever kissed his girl goodbye

The President said let it ride
Islam be damned
Make your last stand
In Tehran

Great Satan
Our flags our burning

Soon America may find
Its young men in the sand
Where there casualty
Is just a number
In Iran

The President said let it ride
You will be damned
Make your last stand
In Tehran


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"Tehran" as written by Bryan Holland

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    General CommentOk, first of all Tehran WAS written before Baghdad, that’s a fact. Before The Offspring were signed to Epitaph, I believe it was Thom Wilson wanted something more on the edge. So the Offspring rewrote Tehran and made Baghdad. And if you notice, “Tehran” fits into the melody much better then “Baghdad” does. And besides if you know anything about history, the conflict in Iran happened before the first Gulf War. So you don’t know history in both the world and The Offspring, you disappoint me.

    The Song:

    First stanza is talking about troops in a plane in root to Iran’s battle front, and just like Vietnam, we though we’d be in there for a month or so, but unlike Vietnam we’d win.

    Second Stanza is saying that the president is letting it become like Vietnam, that either way Islam will be damned and we’ll make our last stand in Tehran. This seems to be directed at the troops.

    Third stanza is talking about the bombing raids. Also implying remorse for killing Iranian troops, wondering if they got the chance to say goodbye.

    Forth is saying kill or be killed, you’re on your own, that we will damn this place one way or another.

    “Great Satan” referring as this has become like Vietnam.

    “Our flags are burning” Referring to Islamic culture burning our flags in protest to our present in the Middle East, also flag burning in America protesting the war.

    Fifth stanza is saying that our troops are now bodies in the sand and the death toll is just a never-ending growing number, that we’re losing troops for seemingly no reason, just like Vietnam, we’ll never win.

    And the last stanza, saying the president let it go on just like Vietnam, let our troops die for nothing and now they’re (we’re) all damned.

    Really this song isn’t talking about past mistakes, but rather we go into conflict with out good reason, and get our armies depleted with out cause. That we let conflicts turn into a situation like Vietnam. Baghdad was the same thing, so is this war we’re fighting now.
    adombombon August 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGuys, I'm Iranian I'm pretty sure the term "Great Satan" is referring to Islamic republics official nick name for USA, which they use daily as a official term.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    If you like this song, also listen to Illegal Attacks, Ian Brown
    babak2000iron December 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think that the Offspring sent a very powerful message by making this song, which is simply a remake of Baghdad. By going to the trouble of completely rerecording it, just to change the words "Baghdad" and "Iraq" to "Tehran" and "Iran" respectively, shows that the conflicts are exactly the same thing, just like the song is exactly the same thing. I love the way they did this. Just goes to show, history repeats itself and nobody ever seems to learn.
    Hopkins_the_Dwarfon October 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentactually, i believe Baghdad is a remake of this song. O.o
    spiffymarcon March 26, 2003   Link
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    General Commentactually, I believe This is a remake of baghdad, no wait it is.. baghdad came out BEFORE teran(the baghdad 7"), while this song came out on the Self-Titled album.
    guitarist_10on April 16, 2003   Link
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    General CommentActually, Spiffymarc is right. The Baghdad 7" came out in 1991. The Self titled was released on Vinyl in 1989, then re-released on cd in 1995. So TEHRAN WAS BEFORE BAGHDAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BD007hon May 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIf you know your history, you'll know that Tehran was the original version as Ronald Reagan's administration started a conflict in Iran long before Bush Sr. invaded Iraq. It wouldn't make sense if "Baghdad" preceded "Tehran".
    unc1emoeon October 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commentall i know is that along with the political messages in this song, this song is a true display of what Ron Welty is capable of. i mean, he plays some pretty wicked drum lines on a lot of offspring songs, but this song is just jaw dropping. as far as the rest of the song goes, i especially like the part
    "Will you ever wonder
    If the man that's in your sights
    Ever kissed his girl goodbye"
    that little segment really shows how war isnt like a video game -- all the people that die in have friends and families. theyre not just "bad guys" that you have to kill to get points, or medals in the case of real war, theyre living, breathing human beings.
    Depth Sunon June 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've got no proof of which song came first, but you have to admit "Tehran"s lyrics rhyme a lot better. I'd be kinda weird if "Baghdad" was first and then when they changed the country and capital city it just happened to rhyme where the first one hadn't. So it seems a lot more likely that "Tehran" was first.
    Replace the Uniton September 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAmerica was allied with Iraq and was against Iran. When it swapped places so they were allying with Iran, Baghdad was recorded."We will win in Iran" We will win in Iraq"
    euan_soadon January 06, 2006   Link

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