Don't Open The Box

by Caroline Picking & Edward Preston  

7 to 13 yrs  -  KS2, KS3  -  unison  -  (2m 07s)
Download includes:  piano-vocal score, lyrics sheet, mp3 demo & backing tracks

Theme  -  self control, keeping a lid on the ‘Pandora’s Box’ of destructive thoughts and emotions


Content  -  Using the metaphor of Pandora’s Box, this song makes a strong statement about keeping nasty thoughts and words under control - for everyone’s benefit!  Obviously, it's important to share about our problems in order to process negative feelings in a controlled way, but the message of this song is that allowing anger and bitterness to spill over onto others causes those destructive emotions to spread and grow.  Punchy, assertive and with a dramatic edge, this song is strengthening and empowering for children to sing. 


Lyrics sample

Don’t open the box (Don’t do it!)

Don’t open the box (Don’t do it!)

Told you once, we told you twice.

Don’t open the box.

Lock nasty thoughts away,

Lock nasty thoughts away.

Spiteful lies and jealousy

Should not see light of day!

Never let them go,

Or you might see them grow!

You should keep a lid on it,

‘Cos deep inside you know…


This song has a partner story in 'Assemblies Alive KS2', which contains 14 other songs and stories.

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