Gol-e-Golab was inspired to write the song by patriotism. He has been quoted to have said: "In 1944, the footsteps of the invading armies in the streets were enough to rattle any patriot and inspired me to write this anthem. Professor Ruhollâh Kâleqi wrote the music and despite all the political opposition, it found its way into the heart and soul of the people."
"Ey Irân" is sometimes mistaken for being the former Iranian national anthem. It was always used as the unofficially National Anthem since it was released from 1944 people never liked the official National Anthems. Though the National Anthem in the Shah times was recognized but people still liked Ey Iran more.
Today Iranian opposition groups both inside and outside of Iran do not recognise the current official anthem of the Islamic Republic of Iran as the "national anthem" and in all gatherings and ceremonies use "Ey Irân" anthem.
For decades many groups and singers have performed "Ey Irân". Among the most popular renditions is a 1991 version arranged for voice, choir and orchestra by Golnuš Xāleqi, daughter of Rowhollāh Xāleqi. In this version the vocal soloist was Rashid Vatandust and Esfandiar Gharabaghi.
O Iran, o bejeweled land
O, your soil is the wellspring of virtues
Far from you may the thoughts of evil be
May you remain lasting and eternal
O enemy, if you are of stone, I am of steel
May my life be sacrificed for the pure soil of my motherland
Chorus: Since your love became my calling My thoughts are never far from you In your cause, when do our lives have value? May the land of our Iran be eternal.
The stones of your mountains are jewels and pearls
The soil of your valleys are better than gold
When could I rid my heart of your affection?
Tell me, what will I do without your affection?
As long as the turning of the earth and the cycling of the sky lasts
The light of the Divine will always guide us
Iran, o my green paradise
Bright is my fate because of you
If fire rains on my body
Other than your love I will not cherish in my heart
Your water, soil and love molded my clay
If your love leaves my heart it will become barren
O Iran, the land of gems abound
Thy soil nurtures artisans aplenty
Far be from you the foes’ intentions
May you remain permanent and eternal
O enemy, if you’re made of rock, I'm made of steel
My life I sacrifice for the noble soil of my land
Thy love has become my preoccupation
My thoughts are never far from you
For thee my life is not worthy
May the land of Iran be eternal
Thy mountains are made of gems and jewels
The soil of thy fields better than gold
Tell me what to do without your love
If ever I exclude it from my heart
While the universe and the heavens revolve
The light of Yazdan will forever brighten our path
Iran my beautiful paradise
Bright is my destiny because of you
Even if fire rains on my body
Only your love I’ll flourish in my heart
I am made of thy love, water and earth
Should love leave, earthen will become my heart