This one* seems right-on-target today, too…
How’d I fail to see this little bedtime tale was funny?
I could cry to think of all the irony I’ve missed!
What an unusual twist, right at the end of it
Who could see that this pathetic scene would be so funny?
Once you strain to find the grain of humor underneath,
Life double-crosses with style, forcing you into a smile,
So it can kick you in the teeth.
Just desserts – we can all laugh till it hurts at my expense –
I’m accustomed to working on “spec”
I always pick up the check
I think it’s funny
Who could top or make this comic opera more compelling?
You could weave in some deceit to even up the score;
You’d have us all on the floor.
That would be roaringly funny,
Sad enough my life’s a joke that suffers in the telling,
Just another hoary chestnut from the bottom drawer
I’ve heard so often before that I can’t laugh anymore.
* “Funny” from City of Angels
Music by Cy Coleman Lyrics by David Zippel