So it became in my mind a nine-carol service; an oratorio and orchestral concert all in one, but with narration. That’s something I’ve learned about, because it’s the story that keeps you in there. I wrote a libretto and I gave it to John [Du Prez, Idle’s co-writer of many years]. We normally don’t work in this fashion but I said off you go, and he went off for about three months. He brought me back this demo which blew my mind.
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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours.