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Another user subsequently raised the isssue at WP:WSS#Delinking_of_templates and the only 'controversy' was a complaint about a simple error I had made in one isolated case.
Back in October last year I delinked the word 'song' from more than a dozen stub templates (children of this one); there have been no objections and no reversions of these changes. Colonies Chris (talk) 00:44, 30 January 2011 (UTC)