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Playing the Game is a song the stage adaptation of Mary Poppins that replaces another number, "Temper, Temper". It is a much softer number compared to the former that frightened younger audience members.

After breaking a doll, Valentine, Mary Poppins teaches the children a lesson in taking car of their toys, however, Jane and Michael refuse to heed her words, so she takes her leave along with the toys.


Mary Poppins: Playing the game
Taking your turn
Some children lose
Some children learn
Treat the toys nicely
And maybe they'll treat you the same
Playing the game

Are you feeling any better Valentine?

Valentine: Much better thank you

Mary Poppins: Tempers are frayed
Tempers are lost
Nobody stops to think of the cost

Valentine: But they tore my arm, again!

Mary Poppins: Oh dear, children who lose their temper will lose everything else in the end.

Valentine: They're not playing the game
Not playing fair
Not with the doll
Nor with the bear

Toys: Thrown on the floor and neglected
And they were to blame
Playing the game

Valentine: Please tell them Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins: Why don't you tell them

Jane: What's going on? What's happened to the toys?

Michael: Make them go small and get back in their boxes!

Mary Poppins: Why? You've hurt them and called them names.
Now it's their turn

Summon the toys
Now is the time
To tell of your woes
To tell of their crime

Toys: Crime! Crime!

Mary Poppins: Come one come all
Enter the fray
They need to hear
What you have to say

Toys: Game!
Game! Game! Game!

Valentine: Those girls and boys
(Those girls and boys)
Who treat us this way
(Who treat us this way)
Don't deserve fun
(Don't deserve fun)

Toys: So why should we stay

Valentine: They stamp and shout
(They stamp and shout)

Toys: Create such a fuss
They need to learn the value of us

Mary Poppins: Well?

Michael: You think you know everything!

Mary Poppins: I couldn't agree more. Jane?

Jane: Well they're our toys and we'll do what we like with them. So there!

Mary Poppins: So there indeed.

Playing the game
Having a ball
Those who won't play
Shan't play at all

Toys: Will we meet again

Mary Poppins: Maybe when they've learned to play the game

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