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Step in Time

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Step in Time

"Step In Time" is a song and dance number from frying pan. As Jane, Michael, Mary Poppins and Bert get in the same place, Ellen runs around the dining room with an "OW!" and the chimney sweepers flip her. The other phrases in the rest of the musical number are "Votes for women," "It's the master," and "What's all this?"

"Step In Time" appears in the stage musical, with a very similar purpose. The main difference, however, is that (thanks to the possibilities of sophisticated theatrical staging) Bert walks upside down on the proscenium arch over the stage. In addition, this version of the song is sung to show Jane and Michael that chimney sweeps are also guardian angels.

It is very similar to the song "Me Ol' Bamboo" from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, also written by the Sherman brothers and performed by Van Dyke. Both songs are loosely based on the repetitive physical action song "Knees Up, Mother Brown", popular in British music halls and Cockney pubs, especially during World War II.

A shortened version is also present on the Disney's Sing Along Songs video, "Disneyland Fun".

A rendition also appears on the 1982 exercise album Mousercise, but with mostly different lyrics ("Kick Your Knees Up" and "Flap Like A Birdie" are kept in this version). This version was also seen as an episode of D-TV on the Disney Channel.

Main lyrics

Blank spaces indicate sections where any short phrase can be added. However, the second and third blank spaces must be the same phrase as the first one in each verse.

_________________________, step in time
_________________________, step in time
Never need a reason, never need a rhyme
_________________________, step in time

Lines in the film

  1. Kick your knees up
  2. 'Round the chimney
  3. Flap like a birdie
  4. Up on the railing
  5. Over the rooftops
  6. Link your elbows
  7. Mary Poppins
  8. (Ah!) They're at it again
  9. OW!
  10. Votes for women
  11. It's the master
  12. What's all this?

The first seven phrases were sung on the rooftops of London, while the last five were sung in the Banks residence. Additionally, the final phrase, "What's all this?", is not appended with "Step in time." Instead, the sweeps simply sing several times "What's all this?"

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