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"Turning Turtle" is a song sung by Topsy, Jack, and Mary Poppins in the film Mary Poppins Returns.


Turning turtle? What exactly does that mean?

It means my whole world goes flippity-flop, like a turtle on its back and I don't know my up from my down, my East from my West, my Topsy from my bottom-sy
If you ring with something broken on a Thursday
I'll make new with my glue, pins, and thread
What you bring — when I've awoken — on a Friday
I will mend, and then spend the day in bed!

Children, "Satur," "Sun," and "Mon" days
Are just everything is fun days
But in the second week I wear a frown
For I know that after Tuesday

Comes the "Topsy gets bad news" day
It's the dreaded second Wednesday
When from nine to noon
My life turns upside down!

Fast is slow, low is high
Stop is go and that is why
Every second Wednesday is a hurdle

From eight to nine all is well
Then I roll over on my shell
And all because the world is turning turtle!

Day is night, dog is cat
Black is white, thin is fat
That is why I'm loosening up my girdle!

I cannot help this charming troupe
Don't mock me 'cause I'm in the soup
And why? Because the world is turning turtle!

Oh, woe is me
I'm as opposite as I can be
I long for Thursdays when the world is drab

When will it cease?
Now my life resembles "War and Peace"
That Tolstoy certainly had the gift of gab!
I couldn't get through it!

Bottom's top, yin is yang
Peace and quiet's strum und drang
Tuesday night my blood begins to curdle
East is West, in is out
And that is why I need to shout
Oh no!
The world is turning turtle!

Oh, if you had come some other morn
You wouldn't have found me so forlorn
But since the day that I was born
Second Wednesdays is on the fritz

I couldn't mend this to save my soul
If this keeps up I'll dig a hole
You say life's a cherry bowl
But Wednesday's full of pits

Tell us, can you fix this drum?

Well, today is looking glum!

Can you mend this crack?

And broken string?

Well, perhaps if you all lend a hand

Jack, Annabel, Georgie, John:
Our fingers are at your command!

Mary Poppins:
A broken songbird still can sing

Let's do "The Turtle Swing!"

Oh, woe is me
Now I'm on my head
How can that be?

Mary Poppins:
Well, you say "woe" but I say "lucky you!"

Lucky me?!

Mary Poppins:
Here on your head
"A" is far behind and led by "Z"
It's good to get a different point of view!

You see? When the world turns upside down, the best thing is to turn around with it.

I do see! From down here, things look right side up!

I wouldn't mind seeing things from that angle.

Sounds like fun.

Can we?

Mary Poppins:
Very well. Flippity-flop

Near is...

Far is...

Here is...


Mary Poppins:
Turtles turning everywhere!
Things are getting clear!

Mary Poppins:
Well, knock on wood, my dear
When you change the view from where you stood
The things you view will change for good

I never thought of things that way

Mary Poppins:
She never thought of things that way

Now Wednesdays are my favorite day

Jack, Annabel, Georgie, John:
Now Wednesdays are my favorite day

'Cause that's the day I'm quite contrary
And now thanks to cousin Mary
I have changed, to be exact
I love the fact...

The world is turning turtle!!

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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