The Village People‘s most famous double-entendre of gay and hetero-Christian culture, “Y.M.C.A.,” complete with body-signs for letters, has been rumored for years to have come under fire by official ‘Y‘ reps on this day in 1973, citing a copyright lawsuit that may have been threatened or issued.

Some say it was issued and then dropped without explanation. Others say the ‘Y’ had it ready, but then withdrew “when it noticed that membership significantly increased in the wake of the song’s popularity.” While the ‘Y’ themselves claimed in 2008 that “this just isn’t true,” and that BMI holds the rights to the song, anyhow.

Meanwhile, fast-forward to 2012, Victor Willis (the cop) has completely distanced himself from all original members of the group in attempt to claim his 35-year-clause rights to the song and prohibit everyone, from sports arenas to his estranged band, from playing the damn thing. All of which, c’mon people with your legal jibber jabber, why darken the rainbow shade of the “young man” pop nugget. Let society be merry with the Village People at a place called the Y.M.C.A., if they wanna:

Young man, there’s no need to feel down
I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground
I said, young man, ’cause you’re in a new town
There’s no need to be unhappy

Young man, there’s a place you can go
I said, young man, when you’re short on your dough
You can stay there, and I’m sure you will find
Many ways to have a good time

It’s fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A.
It’s fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A.