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"A Man Has Dreams" is a song sung and performed in Mary Poppins. It is performed by David Tomlinson (George Banks) and Dick Van Dyke (Bert). This is a slower-paced rendition of "The Life I Lead" which incorporates a modified version of "A Spoonful of Sugar".


George Banks: (speaking) A man has dreams of walking with giants

To carve his niche in the edifice of time

(singing) Before the mortar of his zeal

Has a chance to congeal

(speaking) The cup is dashed from his lips

The flame is snuffed aborning

He's brought to rack and ruin in his prime

Bert: (speaking) Life is a rum go guv'nor and that's the truth.

George Banks: (speaking) You know what I think? It's that woman, Mary Poppins.

From the moment she stepped into this house, things began to happen to me!

Bert: (speaking) Mary Poppins?

George Banks: (speaking) Yes! Yes, of course!

(singing) My world was calm, well ordered, exemplary

Then came this person, with chaos in her wake

And now my life's ambitions go with one fell blow

It's quite a bitter pill to take

(speaking) It's that Poppins woman! She did it!

Bert: (speaking) I know the very person you mean.

Mary Poppins, she's the one what sings

(singing) A spoonful of sugar that is all it takes

It changes bread and water into tea and cakes

George Banks: (speaking) See, that's exactly what I mean! Changing bread and water into tea and cakes indeed!

No wonder everything's higgledy-piggledy here.

Bert: (singing) A spoonful of sugar goes a long, long way

'Ave yourself a 'ealthy 'elpin' ev'ry day

(speaking) And a healthy bit of trouble if you ask me.

George Banks: (speaking) You know what she did? I realized it now. She tricked me into taking Jane and Michael to the bank. That's how all the trouble started!

Bert: (speaking) Tricked you into taking the children on an outing?

George Banks: (speaking) Yes!

Bert: (speaking) Outrageous! A man with all the important things you have to do. Shameful!

You're a man of 'igh position

Esteemed by your peers

(singing) And when your little tykes are cryin'

You 'aven't time to dry their tears

And see them grateful little faces

Smilin' up at you

Because their dad, 'e always knows

Just what to do

George Banks: (speaking) Well I mean look I, I don't think I...

Bert: (speaking) Like you say, guv'nor.

(singing) You've got to grind, grind, grind

At that grindstone

Though child'ood slips like sand through a sieve

And all too soon they've up and grown

And then they've flown

And it's too late for you to give

Just that spoonful of sugar

To 'elp the medicine go down

The medicine go down, the medicine go down.

(speaking) Well, goodbye, guv'nor. Sorry to have troubled you.

(exits the house whistling)

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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

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
London | Nursery

Film: Sister Suffragette | The Life I Lead | The Perfect Nanny | A Spoonful of Sugar | Jolly Holiday | Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious | Stay 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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