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"A British Bank" is a song from the musical Mary Poppins. It was directed by Robert Stevenson, and performed by David Tomlinson and Julie Andrews.

Lyrics

Mr. Banks:
A British bank is run with precision
A British home requires nothing less!
Tradition, discipline, and rules must be the tools
Without them - disorder! Chaos!
Moral disintegration!
In short, you have a ghastly mess!

Mary Poppins:
I quite agree!

Mr. Banks:
The children must be molded, shaped and taught
That life's a looming battle to be faced and fought

(speaking) In short, I am disturbed to hear my children talking about popping in and out of chalk pavement pictures, consorting with racehorse persons, fox hunting! Yes, well, I don't mind that quite so much. At any rate, it's traditional. But tea parties on the ceiling? I ask you, having tea parties on the ceiling and highly questionable outings of every other kind!

(singing) If they must go on outings
These outings ought to be
Fraught with purpose, yes and practicality!
These silly words like superca...
Superca... superca...

Mary Poppins:
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Mr. Banks:
Yes, well done, you said it!

And popping through pictures
Have little use, fulfill no basic need!
They've got to learn the honest truth
Despite their youth
They must learn...

Mary Poppins:
About the life you lead!

Mr. Banks:
Exactly!

Mary Poppins:
They must feel the thrill of totting up a balanced book
A thousand ciphers neatly in a row
When gazing at a graph that shows the profits up
Their little cup of joy should overflow!

Mr Banks:
Precisely!

Mary Poppins:
It's time they learned to walk in your footstep

Mr Banks:
My footsteps!

Mary Poppins:
To tread your straight and narrow path with pride

Mr Banks:
With pride!

Mary Poppins:
Tomorrow, just as you suggest pressed and dressed
Jane and Michael will be at your side.


v - e - d
Mary Poppins Logo
Media

Films: Mary Poppins | Mary Poppins Returns | The Cat That Looked at a King | Video
Music: Soundtrack | Musical
Books: Big Golden Book | Little Golden Book

Disney Parks
Garden of the Twelve Friends | The Great Movie Ride

Entertainment: Disney's Believe | Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | Disney Dreams! | Disneyland Forever
Restaurants: Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
Parade: Disney Cinema Parade | Disney Magic on Parade | Disney On Parade 100 Years of Magic | Disney Stars 'n' Cars | Mickey's Soundsational Parade | The Wonderful World of Disney Parade

Characters
Mary Poppins | Bert | George Banks | Winifred Banks | Jane Banks | Michael Banks | Penguin Waiters | Fox | Admiral Boom and Mr. Binnacle | Uncle Albert | Mr. Dawes Sr. | Katie Nanna | Mrs. Brill | Ellen | Mr. Dawes Jr. | Constable Jones | Bird Woman | Andrew | The Pearly Band
Locations
London | Nursery
Songs

Film: Sister Suffragette | The Life I Lead | The Perfect Nanny | A Spoonful of Sugar | Jolly Holiday | Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious | Star Awake | I Love to Laugh | Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag) | Fidelity Fiduciary Bank | Chim Chim Cher-ee | Step in Time | A Man Has Dreams | Let's Go Fly a Kite
Musical: A British Bank | Temper, Temper | Practically Perfect | Anything Can Happen
Deleted Songs: The Chimpanzoo | The Right Side | The Land of Sand | Admiral Boom | Mary Poppins' Melody | You Think, You Blink | Through The Eyes of Love | West Wind | Tiki Town | The North Pole Polka

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