"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".

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. 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 PoppinsMary Poppins ReturnsThe Cat That Looked at a KingMary Poppins (video)Mary Poppins Returns (video)

Music: Mary PoppinsMusicalThe Legacy CollectionMary Poppins Returns
Books: Big Golden BookLittle Golden BookPractically Poppins in Every Way: A Magical Carpetbag of Countless Wonders

Disney Parks
Garden of the Twelve FriendsMary PoppinsThe Great Movie Ride

Entertainment: Disney's BelieveDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicFollow Your DreamsMickey's Magical Music WorldOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives OnOnce Upon a Mouse
Restaurants: Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
Parades: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney's Party ExpressDisney Cinema ParadeDisney Magic on ParadeDisney on Parade: 100 Years of MagicDisney Stars on ParadeDisney Stars 'n' CarsDreaming Up!Happiness is Here ParadeMickey's Soundsational ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Fireworks: Believe... There's Magic in the StarsDisney Dreams!Disney Movie MagicDisneyland ForeverFantasy in the SkyMagical
Spring: Disney's Easter WonderlandDisney's Spring Promenade

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 Lark

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

Mary Poppins: 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

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 Happen
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

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