Nowruz is the Persian New Year, which takes place at the beginning of Spring.
Haji Firuz is a fictional character in Persian folklore who plays the tambourine and sings and dances in the streets at the beginning of Nowruz. His face is covered in soot and he wears bright red clothes and a conical hat. Some people give him money when he sings and dances.
This is one of the songs he sings. It's usually sung in a funny accent...
New Year's Song
New Year's Song
ارباب خودم سلام علیکم
ارباب خودم سرتو بالا کن
ارباب خودم لطفی به من کن
ارباب خودم به من نیگا کن
ارباب خودم بزبز قندی
ارباب خودم چرا نمی خندی
Greetings, my very own lord!
Raise your head, my lord,
Do me a favor, my lord,
Look at me, my lord,
My very own lord, the billy-goat,
Why don't you smile, my lord?
Arbab e khod am, "sammule baleykom"
Arbab e khod am, sar et-o bala kon
Arbab e khod am, lotf-i be ma kon
Arbab e khod am, be man niga kon
Arbab e khod am, boz-boz e qandi
Arbab e khod am, chera nemi-khandi?
Kh is pronounced like the "ch" in Bach.
Fatima wrote, "This song is really popular in Iran and is part of Iranian folklore."
Thanks and Acknowledgements
Many thanks to Fatima Baji for sharing this song with us!
Image: Haji Firuz on the road, c.c.
Caption to Photo: "Nowruz in Tehran, Haji Firuz, celebrating the Iranian New Year on the road in Tehran Province, March 2013. The Iranian New Year (Nowruz) is always in March. It is a big celebration with many kind of events. Haji Firuz is one of them. Nowruz corresponds to our Christmas."
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