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

"Litotes " 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.

I wouldn't mind forty winks;
It wouldn't be unkind to help me try!
It's hardly in the distant past when I'd a drink,
And I wouldn't say I'm dry.

I might wander around
On this or that type of ground,
But you'll like as not hear me ask the way
Of anyone who's around