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

"Surprises" 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.

Well, cripes, I'm lost: who'd have thought?
And, hum, who'd have guessed that I'd be tired?
And such a little drink should not have had an effect,
Yet I see that's what's transpired!

Oh: lake! My: surf! Gosh: fell!
Is that normal? Who can tell?
And would you know: I can still hold a tune!
What are the chances of... well!