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Ayatollah 
By: Steve Dahl & Teenage Radiation
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Rank this week: 29 (↑51)
Duration: 2:42 
Release Date: 1979  (sav-man) 
Lyrics By: Steve Dahl (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Music By: Berton Averre (Stavro Arrgolus) 
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Keywords: AYATOLLAH, HOSTAGES, IRAN, MIKE WALLACE, NATIONALISM, PARODY, SHAH, TERRORISM, THE KNACK 
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"..but we really need your oil to make our gas- You know you're such a pain in the..."

If ever there was a song that says, "The more things change, the more they stay the same", it's this one. While it sounds needlessly hawkish, had we 'done something nuclear' at the time, motivation for terrorism would be in short supply today.

The song itself has a laid back, left coast feel to it- "Cool your jets. Meditate. Eat a hamburger"- that didn't take the whole terrorism thing seriously. There was still the Soviet threat of imminent vaporization to deal with and a silly man in a black turban and a white beard seemed comical compared to the whole business of 'mutual assured destruction'.
Or so we thought...
- Stavro Arrgolus
Facts:
  • Parody of "My Sharona" by The Knack (jdzack)
  • Song Lyrics:
    Ooh, you got a real nice beard
    A real nice beard
    You know it really caught-a my
    Ayatollah

    But you know your mind is weird
    Your mind is weird
    You really are a nutty kind of
    guy-atollah

    Come on! Give us back all the people at the embassy
    The Shah's hangin' out and he's takin' chemotherapy
    He's already gonna die-atollah!

    A-A-A-Ayatollah

    When you get the Shah back home
    The Shah back home
    We know you're gonna eat him on
    rye-atollah

    But we kinda need your oil
    to make our gas
    You know you're such a pain in the
    Ayatollah

    Come on. Cool your jets. Meditate. Eat a hamburger.
    Don't get us too upset or we'll do something nuclear
    (nuclear explosion sound)
    Bye-eye-eye-atollah!

    A-A-A-Ayatollah

    Ayatollah

    ...Iran

    A-A-A-Ayatollah

    Americans are mostly cool
    mostly cool
    But now we're really startin' to
    fry-atollah

    And you know if you were here
    You were here
    We'd hit you in the face with a
    pie-atollah

    I mean, nothin' personal, man, y'know.
    I mean, I do like your sandals. Very sharp, dude.
    And that robe...Yes. Yes.
    You desert dudes are all so tanned.
    Can I see your tan lines?
    Oh, and one other thing...uh,
    Mike Wallace, y'know..on 60 Minutes when you did the thing?
    Is he as tall in real life as he looks on TV? I thought not.
    Hey, hasta luigi, dudesicle, but remember, calm down
    There's more of us than there are of you.
    Ciao!
    (Stavro Arrgolus)
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