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

"Reactionary" 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.

Just as I thought: I’m now lost,
And our public transport is a joke.
Our broken country’s almost driven me to drink—
But then they won’t let you smoke!

These young people today,
On our streets in disarray....
It’s the only language they understand:
Show them the way home, I say!