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" A Man Has Dreams" is a song in the film Mary Poppins. It is sung by George Banks and Bert. It is a slower-paced rendition of "The Life I Lead" which incorporates a modified version of "A Spoonful of Sugar". Similar to "A British Bank", Bert uses some of Mary Poppins' reverse psychology on Mr. Banks, so the Shermans had to write the lyrics very carefully.

The song was featured in Saving Mr. Banks, where P.L. Travers (author of the Mary Poppins books and consultant) and her extreme stubbornness and difficulty to work with inspired the lines "My world was calm, well ordered, exemplary/Then came this person, with chaos in her wake".


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.
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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Mary Poppins: Mary PoppinsBertGeorge BanksWinifred BanksJane BanksMichael BanksPenguin WaitersFoxAdmiral Boom and Mr. BinnacleUncle AlbertMr. Dawes Sr.Katie NannaMrs. BrillEllenMr. Dawes Jr.Constable JonesThe Pearly BandMiss LarkChimney Sweeps

Mary Poppins Returns: William Weatherall WilkinsJackTopsyThe Balloon LadyClydeShamusJohn BanksAnnabel BanksGeorgie BanksAngusHamilton Gooding and Templeton FryeThe Park KeeperPenny FarthingLamplighters
The Cat That Looked at a King: CatKing
Musical: Miss Andrew

LondonCherry Tree LaneEnglish Countryside Painting
Mary Poppins: Sister SuffragetteThe Life I LeadThe Perfect NannyA Spoonful of SugarSobre las OlasJolly 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

Mary Poppins Returns: (Underneath the) Lovely London SkyA ConversationCan You Imagine That?The Royal Doulton Music HallA Cover is Not the BookThe Place Where Lost Things GoTurning TurtleTrip a Little Light FantasticNowhere to Go But Up
Musical: Temper, TemperPractically PerfectAnything Can HappenBrimstone and TreaclePlaying the GameBeing Mrs. BanksGood for NothingCherry Tree LanePrecision and Order
Deleted Songs: The Anthropomorphic ZooThe ChimpanzooThe Right SideThe Land of SandAdmiral BoomMary Poppins' MelodyYou Think, You BlinkThrough The Eyes of LoveWest WindTiki TownThe North Pole Polka