Tommy stuck a picture on his mirror
Of how he ought to look
He found it on a magazine cover
And his very being shook

Cos the boy in the picture was smilin
Which was something he'd never seen
And the boy in the picture looked happy
Which was something he'd never been

Tommy wrote off to the magazine editor
Askin for another copy
A poster sized image of the magazine cover
The boy who was happy

Cos the boy on the poster was smilin
Which was something he'd never seen
And the boy on the poster looked happy
Which was something he'd never been

Tommy took a copy into the artroom
Made it into a mask
Teacher told him it looked like modern art
A smile- he said- what's that?

Cos the face on the mask was smilin
Which was something he'd never seen
And the face on the mask looked happy
Which was something he'd never been

Tommy found the address of the magazine studio
And he went to look around
But when he got there his hopeful spirit
Smashed back down to the ground

Cos he saw that the boy wasn't smilin
He was the saddest thing Tommy'd seen
And the boy in the picture wasn't happy
And he looked as tho he never had been

Tommy walked thru the magazine studios
Shocked by what he saw
Tryin to reconcile the harsh reality
With what he'd thought before

And the fact that the boy wasn't smilin
Was the saddest thing that Tommy'd ever seen
And the fact that he'd never been happy
Yet happy they'd made him seem

Tommy walked into a CGI studio
And saw how the lie'd been told
Someone was airbrushin a smile onto the sad boy
And makin him seem less old

Cos the boy in the picture was smilin
But the real boy was sad he'd seen
And the boy in the picture was happy
Tho the real boy never had been

Tommy asked the man at the CGI computer
How he could have lied to him
But the man at the 'puter just looked at Tommy
And asked him was it really a sin

To make a boy in a picture be smilin
And give hope to all who'd seen
That a boy in a picture could be happy
Tho twas something they'd never been

Tommy walked out of the magazine studio
Thinkin wot the man had said
Puzzlin thru the meanin of what he'd been revealin
Thoughts whizzin thru his head

And the thought that someone tried to make him happy
Someone who before now he'd never seen
Had gone to the trouble of perjurin himself
To save a boy he'd never been

Tommy showed the picture to his little sister
And he felt to his surprise
The joy and rapture fillin up his heart
When he saw the hope in her eyes

And Tommy tore the picture from his mirror
And saw something he had never ever seen
Cos his own reflection looked happy
Which was something he had never been.