Readers — Show us your chops!
Here’s a song I wrote last night, inspired by this AP story by Nedra Pickler about some schools, including those in Glen Ridge, NJ, that “want to end their traditional role as polling places because of security concerns since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.” (As one commenter once wrote about this issue, “Guess all of those Election Day Massacres finally took a toll.” )
Your job? SING THE SONG AND SEND US A LINK in the comments below! Or just send me the video via email: email@example.com . Do it by Sunday, Jan. 12. I’ll post some of the versions on the blog and the winner chosen by a distinguished panel of one will get an autographed copy of Free-Range Kids! Here’s the karaoke version of Strangers in the Night to sing along to:
STRANGERS IN THE SCHOOLS by Lenore Skenazy ( to the tune of “Strangers in the Night”)
Strangers in the schools, I look askance as
Strangers fill the schools, let’s take no chances
What if they have come with a grenade or two?
Something in their eyes, it’s so forboding
Look at how they smile, they say they’re “voting”
Something in my heart, tells me they’re perverts too!
Strangers in the schools!
Yes, they’re my neighbors, but they’re strangers in the schools!
And at that moment when they walk into the gym, hope for life grows dim
Bludgeon all the kids they may, to celebrate Election Day.
So — If you want your kids avoiding dangers
Never let your kids encounter strangers
Strangers like the ghouls who go and vote in schools.