CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One Voice Chorus, a local LGBT-affirming choral performance group, is getting some national exposure this week.
One Voice Director Gerald Gurss says his phone began lighting up over the past few days as popular national LGBT blogs and other websites began to repost his group’s recording of a song poking fun at Chick-fil-A.
The song, “God Bless You, Chick-fil-A,” is sort of a spoof of a spoof. Or, maybe a satire of a spoof. Either way, Gurss says he thought its humor would be popular.
“I think the song speaks for itself,” Gurss says. “It’s really fun and it’s a humorous reaction to a social issue. Rather than being angry or nasty, it is a humorous way to combat things we don’t like in society.”
The national chicken chain made headlines this year for their anti-gay donations, totaling several million dollars over the past several years. The controversy spawned pro-LGBT protests and calls for boycotts of Chick-fil-A and inspired a national “eat-in” supported by conservative leaders like FOX News talkshow host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
One Voice Chorus’ version of the song changes lyrics created by Christian comedian and singer/songwriter Tim Hawkins, who performed a similar version praising Chick-fil-A during a national seminar hosted by Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy for the chain’s franchise owners in 2010. The song’s melody is that of Lee Greenwood’s 1984 hit, “God Bless the U.S.A.”
The chorus sang the song at two holiday concerts last week.
Nationally-popular blogs like Towleroad and JoeMyGod picked up the YouTube clip. So did publications like The Huffington Post and Instinct Magazine, among others. The video clip has already received over 2,000 views, a significant jump on viewership for other One Voice video clips.
Gurss says it’s been exciting to hear from his friends at fellow choruses across the country, including colleagues from Dallas, Philadelphia and Cincinnati.
The video is posted below. The lyrics, provided by One Voice Chorus, follow afterward.
If you lined up all the restaurants I’ve eaten all my life
Golden arches, Dish and Pinkys, and every other local dive
Then you gave me the choice of where I’d want to eat today
It’s a pretty tough decision, but it wouldn’t be Chick-Fil-A!
And I’m proud to be a homosexual where at least I know I’m free (except for certain rights)
And I wont forget the chicken that died who gave their life for me.
So I grab this sandwich, lust for it but put it back down on the tray.
Cuz there aint no doubt, I wont support hate. God Bless You Chick-Fil-A!
From the city of Atlanta to the hills of Tennessee. Across the plains of Balantyne and up in University.
On billboards all over Charlotte, those cows are painting hate
But there’s pride in this homosexuals heart and it’s time we stand and say.
Hawkins’ original “God Bless You Chick-fil-A” below: