This is part of the complete Exercises in Song cycle being released on this site.

"Awkward " is a bonus exercise, not to be found in Raymond Queneau's original Exercices de Style nor in the translations.

To be sung to the tune of "Show Me The Way To Go Home". More information here.

Show me the, um, the way home:
I’m sorry: I’m, er, not great at verse.
I must have spent an hour rewriting just that line,
But it’s only made it worse.

My metre’s not too hot,
And my rhymes have gone to pot,
And—oh, blast—I’ve nearly run out of time.
This is as far as I’ve got: