Do not think or feel, my friend
It only brings unpleasantness in the end.
Life is wonderful they say
And from the beaten path do not stray.
Thinking is out of fashion I fear
So don’t think, people will only jeer.
Live in silence, do not criticize
For to do so is indeed unwise.
Do not attempt to write something new
For they will only point and laugh at you.
If they see someone foot-loose and fancy-free
They catch and dissect him immediately
An unhappy childhood, an unbalanced mind
But there’s not many of those you’ll find.
For the main stock is healthy still
But these will give you quite a thrill.
But these are not to be taken seriously
For who wants to be foot-loose and fancy-free?
Life is wonderful, they only want to escape it
They are the ones who simply can’t take it.
Attempt nothing until you can see
If it will end profitably.
Go to church every Sun-day
Bow your head and solemnly pray:
“Oh, Lord, I’m a sinner, I am lost
Lift my burdens, I’ll pay the cost
Of wickedness and evil I repent
For to hell I don’t want to be sent.
Fill my days with joy and happiness
My sins and wrongs I gladly confess.”
Go marching through life, keeping time
May your days and your years be happy and sublime.
Vancouver, B.C. — February, 1960