WHAT HAVE THEY DONE WITH FUN? by Barrie Purnell

WHAT HAVE THEY DONE WITH FUN?

What have they done with fun?
Where has all the fun gone?
Has it all been outsourced to Canton?
Is it in the library at the Sorbonne?
Does anyone know what they’ve done?

What have they done with fun?
There used to be so much more of it
Every village would have at least one eejit
A clown or a flibbertigibbet
Now I swear you can’t even find one

What have they done with fun?
Have they sold it all off to the toffs?
Who’ll waste it watching plays by Chekov?
And listening to Rachmaninov
Is that where all the fun’s gone?

What have they done with fun?
We used to have fun playing games
On see-saws and climbing frames
And calling other people names
We were free to shout and laugh and run

What have they done with the fun?
Why is everything so serious?
Now you cannot be spontaneous
Everything is unhealthy or dangerous
They have put an embargo on fun

What have they done with fun?
Has it been killed by health and safety rules
Banning skipping and conkers at schools
Telling us snowballing’s only for fools
And it’s dangerous to play in the sun