He stands towering over me
Beside my bed, losing his head
Tells me I must take him seriously
Droning on the usual way
He’s such a clever guy
Then I wonder should I laugh or cry

He’s (he’s) dressed (dressed)
In the striped pajamas that I bought
Trousers too short
Gives (give) me (me)
Of his small philosophy
Carries on the way he does
And me I get so tired
And I wonder should I laugh or cry

High and mighty his banner flies
A fool’s pride in his eyes
Standing there on his toes
To grow in size (all I see is)
All I see is a big balloon (big balloon)
Halfway up to the moon (halfway to the moon)
He’s wrapped up
In the warm and safe cocoon
Of an eternal lie
So should I laugh or cry

Strange (strange) how (how)
Dangerously indifferent I have grown
Cold as a stone
No (no) more (more)
Pain where there was pain before
Far away he rambles on
I feel my throat go dry
Then I wonder should I laugh or cry

High and mighty his banner flies
A fool’s pride in his eyes
Standing there on his toes
To grow in size (all I see is)
All I see is a big balloon (big balloon)
Halfway up to the moon (halfway to the moon)
He’s wrapped up
In the warm and safe cocoon
Of an eternal lie
So should I laugh or cry