That's the year of the Iranian hostage crisis, and the events leading to it. But here's what we knew as early as March of that year, summarized in a poem. Our observations on "gold and the Iranian hostage crisis" are based on this knowledge.
Have you heard the news /About the trouble that's brewing in Iran?/ Have you heard the news?/The Shah's been driven off his throne.
Who would dare believe/ A government with the world's most modern arms/ ... Would be toppled by/ The rantings of a so-called Holy Man?
His name is Ayatollah Khomeni/The Priest who just took over in Iran/ Whose ruler really is not Bazargan/ But Ayatollah Khomeni.
He says he wants to builld an islam state/Where everyone must pray five times a day/ And women can't be seen without a veil/In Khomeni's Islam state.
He calls this freedom from the Shah/SAVAK and USCIA/But they have merely been replaced/By Khomeni's special courts.
And so we see the Persia of today/Revert to medieval times and ways/But maybe this is much more to the taste/Of Ayatollah Khomeni.
It was written to the tune of a Spanish song, meaning that we know some Spanish as well.