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Iran Not 'Happy' Over Video

As news of the arrest of six Iranian youths after they produced yet another parody of Pharrell's hit song gets tongues wagging, we reinterpret the (un)Happy lyrics...

Earlier this week, Iranian police arrested six young people and forced them to appear on state TV for posting a parody version of Pharrell Williams infamous Happy video.The six were collared for appearing in the tribute clip, which featured unveiled women and females dancing in public. Both acts are illegal under strict Iranian law.

Tehran police chief Hossein Sajedinia confirmed on state television late Tuesday that the three men and three women were detained over the video. State television also aired blurred pictures of the video and then showed the six with their backs turned to camera. Even Pharrell Williams took to social media to defend the group, saying: “It’s beyond sad these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness.”

Here at Cairo Scene we've created our own version of the song in an effort to cheer up the rebellious group:

(Un)Happy - Iranian Version

It might seem crazy what we're about to say,
The religious police are here, they say your song's no way,
It's just a 'Happy' clip that you filmed in a public place,
It's not fair, but they don't care, baby, by the way...

Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you're heading for a room without a roof,
Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you're telling them that Islam is the truth,
Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you know what happiness was for you,
Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you don't know what to do...

Here come bad news talking this and that, yeah!
Before you were screaming, give me all you got, and don’t hold it back, yeah,
Well, I should probably warn you but you're far from fine,
No offense to you, but you'll be doing time,
Here’s why:

Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you're heading for a room without a roof,
Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you're telling them that Islam is the truth,
Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you know what happiness was for you,
Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you don't know what to do...

Hey, come on

[Bridge]: Unhappy, Unhappy, Unhappy...

Bring me down,
Can't nothing bring me down,
My level's too high,
Bring me down,
Can't nothing bring me down,
I said (let me tell you now),
Bring me down,
Can't nothing bring me down,
My level's too high,
Bring me down,
Can't nothing bring me down,
I said,

Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you're heading for a room without a roof,
Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you're telling them that Islam is the truth,
Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you know what happiness was for you,
Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you don't know what to do...

Hey, come on!

Unhappy!
Bring me down… the police are going to…
Bring me down… I let down my hair so they're…
Bringing me down… to prison…
Bring me down, I said (let me tell you now)

Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you're heading for a room without a roof,
Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you're telling them that Islam is the truth,
Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you know what happiness was for you,
Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you don't know what to do...

Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you're heading for a room without a roof,
Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you're telling them that Islam is the truth,
Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you know what happiness was for you,
Because they're unhappy!
Clap along if you don't know what to do... 


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