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Five Songs That Huck Finn Guy Should Censor Next

As many of you probably already know, Alabama publisher NewSouth Inc. plans to release censored versions of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, replacing the words "nigger" and "Injun" with "slave" and "Indian," respectively.

That's a good start, but there's still a lot of offensive material out there, especially in the world of music. We bet that if we really tried, we could take the teeth out of many wild, troublesome songs and in doing so, remove their impact entirely. Quarrelsome music causes unrest of the innards; we'd much rather listen to stuff that's more middle-of-the-road and forgettable.

Censoring the following artists still won't make them as harmless as the songs of those nice fellows Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow, but it will help.

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