Mary Poppins Musical Lyrics

The Life I Lead

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The Life I Lead Lyrics

    I feel a surge of deep satisfaction
    Much as a king astride his noble steed
    When I return from daily strife to heart and wife
    How pleasant is the life I lead!

    Dear, it's about the children...

    Yes, yes, yes!

    I run my home precisely on schedule
    At 6:01, I march through my door
    My slippers, sherry, and pipe are due at 6:02
    Consistent is the life I lead!

    It's grand to be an Englishman in 1910
    King Edward's on the throne;
    It's the age of men
    I'm the lord of my castle
    The sov'reign, the liege!
    I treat my subjects: servants, children, wife
    With a firm but gentle hand
    Noblesse oblige!

    It's 6:03 and the heirs to my dominion
    Are scrubbed and tubbed and adequately fed
    And so I'll pat them on the head
    And send them off to bed
    Ah! Lordly is the life I lead!

    A British nanny must be a gen'ral!
    The future empire lies within her hands
    And so the person that we need to mold the breed
    Is a nanny who can give commands!

    A British bank is run with precision
    A British home requires nothing less!
    Tradition, discipline, and rules must be the tools
    Without them - disorder!
    Catastrophe! Anarchy! -
    In short, we have a ghastly mess!