I still remember the Jennings Street school song or some of it, anyway. It went

40 years on and afar and asunder
parted are those who are singing today
When we look back and forgetfully wonder
what we were like in our work and our play

To be honest it was the most depressing song I had ever heard, and still is especially as the 40 years are well past. It did and still does fill me with a profound sense of gloom. Dreary isn’t the word for it.