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

"Portrait" 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 my notebook and pen
And let me sit down and hum a rhyme.
I'll celebrate with half a glass of something red
When I get to ninety-nine.

I stare into thin air,
At the curtains, books and chair;
Then I stop and quickly write something down:
Maybe I'm getting somewhere.