Don't Take Yourself So Serious

You ever get the feeling like the world is slowing down?

Like everything's a circus, but you're the only clown?

Like everybody got something that you just never got?

Like every track is tainted with a little scheme or plot?

You ever get a sense that we're all just floating round

in concentrated spaces full of colour, light and sound?

Do you think that we're on a rocky road instead of a higher path?

Turn it in you silly sod, are you having a fucking laugh??!!


Don't take yourself so serious friend that ain't what life's about.

Life is not one massive puzzle to be figured out.

I didn't mean to interject but Christ you drive me nuts,

so turn your blinking blathering in and get yourself some guts.

I wish you type of people would just do instead of think.

Relax a bit, kick up your heels, have another drink.

Don't just sit here worrying 'bout every little thing.

Don't take yourself so serious friend, your doing my head in.


Don't take yourself so serious mate just have a little giggle.

Don't stress and strain and get your brain all wound up in a pickle.

It isn't all that clever see it's actually quite absurd

to think that everybody's ear hangs on your every word.

There ain't nothing to worry about, it's only a bit of fun.

You can't always commit yourself to almost everyone.

You can't start thinking that you are the only person here!

Don't take yourself so serious mate, and don't act all sincere.


Don't take yourself so serious man this isn't life or death

and people do not stand and wait with anxious bated breath.

They're a gang of folks like you and me who happen to be there

So stop your obnoxious monologue, it contaminates the air.

Let's have a bit of fun and games and wipe away that frown

It's not a funeral congregation, it's knees up Mother Brown!

You want a bit of philosophy? Here's some from me to you;

Don't take yourself so serious mate 'cause that just will not do.

◄ Match Day

Here in Devon ►


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Yvonne Brunton

Thu 8th Mar 2012 00:12

Yes Jack the ammendment is good. I like 'silly sod' too, both for its alliteration and a great put down for someone taking him/herself seriously.

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 6th Mar 2012 14:25

Hey Jack - I stand (no, I sit!) corrected..."you silly sod" is better - and it scans nicely too.
Your imagination is positively seething!

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John Coopey

Sun 4th Mar 2012 22:04

Sorry, Jack. I'll try harder next time.

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Andy N

Sun 4th Mar 2012 18:28

i agree with a lot of this

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 3rd Mar 2012 15:50

Go Jack!
I would have put...
"Turn it in, you daft prick! Are you having a
fucking laugh" - in the last line of the first
verse - merely to save on over-kill of expletives...but that's a personal view.

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Poets Corner

Sat 3rd Mar 2012 10:44

Hi Jack...(I love saying that on board a plane it scares the shit out of the cabin crew on the way to the loo)lol..

I'm with Yvonne...on this one
Great Words..
Great Poem..
Great Message..Comedic and Powerful enough without the F's and C's in the last line of the 1st verse...would be 'brill' for stand up slam or a rant!!

Thanks Jack...enjoyable read.

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Yvonne Brunton

Fri 2nd Mar 2012 17:51

I can hear this as a performance piece and I like it all except the expletives which I think would be good delivered orally as you could really act the line out emphatically. However with a visual approach I find myself trying to find a suitably inoffensive alternative (without success )

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Nick Coleman

Fri 2nd Mar 2012 08:40

Great. Cheers!

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Ann Foxglove

Fri 2nd Mar 2012 07:42

Yes, a fun read with a serious point (Oh! Not toooo serious of course!) I'd love to hear it read aloud. A great performance piece I should think.

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Lynn Dye

Thu 1st Mar 2012 21:43

I love it, Jack - good one!

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