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"Step in Time" is a song in Disney's Mary Poppins based on the popular Knees Up Mother Brown. It is sung by Bert (Dick Van Dyke).

The version of the song featured on the Mousercise album was used also for a DTV music video in the 1980s, using clips from the Johnny Appleseed segment of Melody Time, How to Be a Sailor, In the Bag, The Klondike Kid, Victory Vehicles, The Old Mill, Pluto's Fledgling, Chicken Little, The Little Whirlwind, They're Off, The Cactus Kid, The Tortoise and the Hare and Plane Crazy.

Lyrics

First part

Bert:
Step in time! step in time!

Chimney Sweeps:
Step in time, step in time
Step in time!

Bert:
Step in time!

Step in time, step in time
Come on, mateys, step in time

Chimney Sweeps:
Step in time!

Step in time, step in time
Step in time, step in time
Never need a reason, never need a rhyme
We step in time, we step in time

Bert:
Kick your knees up!

Chimney Sweeps:
Kick your knees up, step in time
Kick your knees up, step in time
Never need a reason, never need a rhyme
Kick your knees up, step in time

Bert:
Round the chimney!

Chimney Sweeps:
Round the chimney, step in time
Round the chimney, step in time
Never need a reason, never need a rhyme
Round the chimney, step in time

Bert:
Flap like a birdie!

Chimney Sweeps:
Flap like a birdie, step in time
Flap like a birdie, step in time
Never need a reason, never need a rhyme
Flap like a birdie, in time

Bert:
Up on the railing!

Chimney Sweeps:
Up on the railing, step in time
Up on the railing, step in time
Never need a reason, never need a rhyme
Up on the railing, step in time

Bert:
Over the rooftops!

Chimney Sweeps:
Over the rooftops, step in time
Over the rooftops, step in time
Never need a reason, never need a rhyme
Over the rooftops, step in time

Bert:
Link your elbows!

Chimney Sweeps:
Link your elbows, step in time
Link your elbows, step in time
Link your elbows, link your elbows
Link your elbows!

Chimney Sweeps:
Step in time, step in time
Step in time, step in time
Never need a reason, never need a rhyme
You step in time, you step...in...time

[instrumental interlude]

Bert:
Mary Poppins, step in time!

[instrumental interlude]

Second part

Mrs. Brill:
AH! They're at it again!

Chimney Sweeps:
They're at it again, step in time
They're at it again, step in time
They're at it again, step in time

Ellen:
Ow!

Chimney Sweeps:
Ow, step in time
Ow, step in time
Never need a reason, never need a rhyme
Ow, step in time

[instrumental interlude]

Chimney Sweeps:
Votes for women, step in time
Votes for women, step in time
Votes for women

Winifred Banks: Votes for women!

[instrumental interlude]

Ellen:
It's the Master!

Chimney Sweeps:
It's the master, step in time
It's the master, step in time

George Banks: What's all this?

Chimney Sweeps:
What's all this!
What's all this!
What's all this!
What's all this!
What's all this!

Chimney Sweeps:
Link your elbows, step in time
Kick your knees up, step in time
Kick your knees up, kick your knees up
Kick your knees up
Kick your knees up in time!

Other Versions

Performer(s) Title(s) Translations(s) Language
Neritan Liçaj Albanian
Ézio Ramos (VHS version)
Marcelo Coutinho (DVD version)
Brazilian Portuguese
Salvador Escamilla "Pisa a tiempo" Castilian Spanish
Ladislav Běhůnek ? ? Czech
Lars Bom Danish
Ben Cramer Dutch
Antti Pääkkönen Finnish
Michel Roux "Prenons le rythme" French
Harry Wüstenhagen "Schritt und Tritt" German
דרור קרן
(Dror Keren)
Hebrew
Oreste Lionello "Tutti insieme" Italian
山寺宏一
(Kōichi Yamadera)
Japanese
Arturo Mercado "Al compás" Latin Spanish
Johannes Joner Norwegian
Wojciech Paszkowski "Raz i dwa" Polish
Florian Ghimpu Romanian
Алексей Иващенко
(Aleksey Ivashchenko)
Russian
Stefan Frelander "Gå i takt" Swedish
v - e - d
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Media
Films: Mary PoppinsMary Poppins ReturnsThe Cat That Looked at a KingVideo

Music: SoundtrackMusical
Books: Big Golden BookLittle Golden Book

Disney Parks
Garden of the Twelve FriendsThe Great Movie Ride

Entertainment: Disney's BelieveDisney Classics: The Music & The Magic
Restaurants: Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
Parade: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney Cinema ParadeDisney Friends Springtime ProcessionalDisney Magic on ParadeDisney On Parade 100 Years of MagicDisney Stars 'n' CarsMickey's Soundsational ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Firework: Disney Dreams!Disneyland Forever

Characters
Mary PoppinsBertGeorge BanksWinifred BanksJane BanksMichael BanksPenguin WaitersFoxAdmiral Boom and Mr. BinnacleUncle AlbertMr. Dawes Sr.Katie NannaMrs. BrillEllenMr. Dawes Jr.Constable JonesBird WomanAndrewThe Pearly Band
Locations
LondonNursery
Songs
Film: Sister SuffragetteThe Life I LeadThe Perfect NannyA Spoonful of SugarJolly HolidaySupercalifragilisticexpialidociousStay AwakeI Love to LaughFeed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)A British BankFidelity Fiduciary BankChim Chim Cher-eeStep in TimeA Man Has DreamsLet's Go Fly a Kite

Musical: Temper, TemperPractically PerfectAnything Can Happen
Deleted Songs: The ChimpanzooThe Right SideThe Land of SandAdmiral BoomMary Poppins' MelodyYou Think, You BlinkThrough The Eyes of LoveWest WindTiki TownThe North Pole Polka