Mass. school cancels concert over "God Bless the USA" lyrics change

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BELLINGHAM, Mass. - A Massachusetts elementary school has dropped plans for students to sing songs at a school presentation after parents objected to a change in the lyrics of a popular patriotic song.

Parents tell WFXT-TV (http://bit.ly/HfR02t) that children at Stall Brook Elementary in Bellingham were taught to sing "We love the USA" instead of "God Bless the USA" during the chorus of the popular 1984 Lee Greenwood song.

The song was scheduled to be performed at an April 12 assembly where students will show off their knowledge of the states.

School officials issued a statement Wednesday saying that because of "logistics," no songs would be performed.

Greenwood issued a statement saying he objected to the changing of the lyrics because God "is the most important word in the whole piece of music."

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