Goshen ? The lyrics don`t mention WMDs, regime change or a troop surge, but for some parents of fourth-graders who wrote an anti-war song for the school`s spring concert, it was still too political.
The song, which makes references to maiming, gore (not the former vice president) and bombing, was yanked from the program after one father at Goshen Intermediate School complained to the principal.
`Stop the destruction, devastation, save humanity, end the war. What are we doing with our bombing and our shooting and our fire and destruction every day?` according to an unofficial copy of the lyrics.
`It appears that parent and other parents interpreted it as an anti-Iraq War song,` said Principal Mary Ann Knight.
The song was axed because administrators feared the controversy would overshadow the concert.
Each of the 10 fourth-grade classes wrote a song related to this year`s concert theme of making the world a better place. None of the other nine songs inspired similar ire from parents, not even the one about global warming.
`Political views aside, this song is about violence,` said one concerned parent who did not give her name. `(Students) should be concerned about playing games. They shouldn`t have the weight of this issue on their shoulders.`
More parents expressed opposition to the song than support to PTO President Nikki Corrado, who herself upheld removing the song from the lineup.
This isn`t the first time the school has censored a song selection. At the winter concert, mentions of Christmas and Kwanzaa were deemed too religious and were taken out.
The anti-war song will not be replaced because the 24 students in the class don`t have time to write another, Knight said. They are finishing the songwriting unit in chorus class, and are beginning a new unit soon.
The goal of the project was to teach the children how to write a song from a theme and set the meter, rhyme and rhythm, Knight said.
If that was the intent, mission accomplished.
Stop the war
Here are the lyrics of the censored song, according to an unofficial transcript:
Stop the killing. End the violence. Stop the maiming. End the gore.
Stop the destruction. Devastation. Save humanity. End the war.
What are we doing with our bombing and our shooting and our fire and destruction every day?
Why can`t we try to search for answers, find solutions to our problems? If we try to work things out, we`ll find a way.
Helicopters. Missiles flying. People dying.
And what for?
People fleeing bullets, flying children. Crying.
Stop the war.
Why can`t we try to get along with one another and be nice to one another?
Everyone, just be respectful and responsible and caring people, loving people, sharing people and without a gun.
Everyone stop the killing.
Two, end the violence.
Three, stop the maiming.
Four, end the gore.
Stop the war.