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Usually after the hectic week, Walt would ask us how we were doing, and we'd tell him what we were working on. Then he'd ask us to play it, and I'd sit down and play, and he'd look out the window and get wistful. Then he'd turn around and say, 'That's what it's all about, isn't it?'
Richard Sherman

"Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)" is a song featured in the 1964 film Mary Poppins, written by the Sherman Brothers, and sung by Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews). It has an orchestral and choral reprise, played over George Banks' solitary walk to the bank at night. It is known to have been Walt Disney's favorite song.

It is also noted to be one of the only two from the film (the other being "Stay Awake") that P.L. Travers liked as well.

Lyrics

Early each day to the steps of St. Paul's,
The little old bird woman comes
In her own special way to the people she calls,
"Come, buy my bags full of crumbs."

Come feed the little birds, show them you care
And you'll be glad if you do
Their young ones are hungry, their nests are so bare
All it takes is tuppence from you

Feed the birds, tuppence a bag,
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag
"Feed the birds," that's what she cries,
While overhead, her birds fill the skies

All around the cathedral the saints and apostles
look down as she sells her wares
Although you can't see it, you know they are smiling
Each time someone shows that he cares

Though her words are simple and few,
Listen, listen, she's calling to you:
"Feed the birds, tuppence a bag,
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag."


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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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