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

"Futile " 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.

How could a human begin
To tell his fatigue in simple verse?
And how could that same fellow list the drinks he’s had
Or how they just made him worse?

O, how might it be said
That a life should not be led
In the vain pursuit of trying to ask
How he might get to his bed?