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"Practically Perfect" is a deleted song from the film, Mary Poppins. It was to share the same tune as Sister Suffragette.

It was revived with new music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe for the stage adaptation in 2004. Here, Mary Poppins describes herself and her goal to shape Jane and Michael into better people as well. It is reprised in the second act.

Lyrics from the Broadway Musical

Mary Poppins: By the time the wind has blown
The weather vane around
I’ll show you, if I can
No matter what the circumstance
For one thing I’m renown
My character is spit-spot spick and span

I’m practically perfect
In every way

Jane: Practically perfect?

Mary Poppins: So people say
Each virtue virtually knows no bound
Each trait is great and patently sound

I’m practically perfect from head to toe
If I had a fault it would never dare to show
I’m so practically perfect
In every way

Both prim and proper and never too stern
Well-educated yet willing to learn
I’m clean and honest, my manner refined
And I wear shoes of the sensible kind

I suffer no nonsense and whilst I remain
There’s nothing else I feel I need explain

I’m practically perfect in every way
Practically perfect, that’s my forte
Uncanny nannies are hard to find
Unique, yet meek, unspeakably kind

I'm practically perfect not slightly soiled
Running like an engine, that's just been freshly oiled,
I'm so practically perfect in every way,

(Spoken)
Well those are my credentials,
Perhaps you have a few questions?

(Sung)
Michael: Not Temperamental?

Mary Poppins: Never

Michael: Not Grouchy or Gruff?

Mary Poppins: Oh, the very thought,

Jane: Will you stay tender when the going gets tough?

Mary Poppins: Quite the contrary,

Michael: Do you read stories without a big fuss?

Mary Poppins: Umm Hmm,

Jane: Or have objections to playing with us?

Mary Poppins: Oh, I like games, but I choose them
Some minor improvements may not go a miss
But at all times you must remember this

Jane, Michael: You're practically perfect in every way,

Mary Poppins: I guarantee,

Jane, Michael: Practically perfect we hope you'll stay,

Mary Poppins: No Flies on me,
Each virtue virtually knows no bound,
Each trait is great,

Jane, Michael: And patently sound,

Mary Poppins: Patently sound,
Spit spot,

La da da dee,
La da da daa,
La da da daa,
Da da da daa,
Da da da da da daa,

(Spoken)
Jane, put your toys away please,

Jane: Do I have to?

Mary Poppins: Yes,
Michael tidy your things,

Michael: It's not fair!

Mary Poppins: I didn't say I was fair, I said,

(Sung)
I'm practically perfect and here's my aim,
By the time I leave here you both will be the same,
You'll be practically perfect

Jane, Michael: Practically perfect

All: You/we will be practically perfect in every way.

Jane, Michael: You're practically perfect in every way

Mary Poppins: I guarantee

Jane, Michael: Practically perfect
We hope you'll stay

Mary Poppins:' Let's wait and see

Mary Poppins, Jane, Michael: Uncanny nannies are hard to find

Mary Poppins: Unique yet meek
Unspeakably kind

Jane, Michael: You're practically perfect

Mary Poppins: And yet I'm sure
There's still room for improvement
A few games more...

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Media
Films: Mary Poppins (video/soundtrack) • Mary Poppins Returns (video/soundtrack) • The Cat That Looked at a KingMusicalThe Legacy CollectionPractically 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

Characters
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

Locations
London
Songs
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 HappenBrimstone and TreaclePlaying the GameBeing Mrs. BanksGood for Nothing
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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