Parents say 'lighthearted' Christmas song not very amusing

Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2001

GRAYSON, Ga. (AP) -- The partridge leaves the pear tree with a gunshot blast, and the three French hens wind up in soup for the sick.

The twist on the lyrics of ''12 Days of Christmas'' were meant to be a humorous parody for a holiday concert next week by Grayson High School chorale members.

But some parents are not amused by strangled turtledoves and drowned swans.

''I was shocked the school would even consider the song,'' said Bob White, the father of a sophomore.

''It's just wrong.''

Chorale director Renee Wilson-Wicker said in a letter to parents that the parody was meant to be ''lighthearted and silly.''

Wilson-Wicker said the song will go on, with the approval of the administration. However, she sent the lyrics home Monday for parents to review and left open the door to dropping the song.

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