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A Spoon Full of Sugar Lyrics

Updated on February 6, 2008

The Real Spoon Full of Sugar Lyrics?

*UPDATE: It has been brought to my attention that a key reason no one finds these lyrics is because technically, it's spoonful not "spoon full". Well, that may be true, but since it's not usually read and there are many of us who didn't realize, I leave this page as a testament to humorous homophones. However, I've updated all the lyrics to reflect the correction.

Recently on my blog I noticed a lot of visitors were coming in search of the lyrics to Mary Poppins' A Spoon Full of Sugar. At the time, I didn't have the lyrics and wasn't aware they weren't readily avaiable. So I've placed them over there, but to ensure Squidooers don't fall to the same fate, here they are again.

And Now... The Lyrics

I transcribed these, so if there is an error, feel free to let me know and I'll fix it.

Jane (speaking): It is a game isn't it Mary Poppins?

Mary Poppins (speaking) : Well, it depends on your point of view. You see...

(kinda, sing-speaking)In every job that must be done

There is an element of fun

You find the fun and snap!

The job's a game

(now singing)

And every task you undertake

Becomes a piece of cake

A lark! A spree! It's very clear to see that...

A Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down

The medicine go down

The medicine go down

Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down

In a most delightful way

(Robin starts Whistling)

A robin feathering his nest

Has very little time to rest

While gathering his bits of twine and twig

Though quite intent in his pursuit

He has a merry tune to toot

He knows a song will move the job along

(Robin whistles a bit with Mary)

For a Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down

The medicine go down

Medicine go down

Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down

In a most delightful way

[Interlude where all the toys go about putting themselves away as the children snap and the Robin whistles away. This is perhaps the longest part of the song and always makes me think the song is longer than it really is]

The honey bees that fetch the nectar

From the flowers to the comb

Never tire of ever buzzing to and fro

Because they take a little nip

From every flower that they sip

And hence (Mary's reflection echoes: And hence),

They find (Mary's reflection echoes: They find)

(together) Their task is not a grind.

(the reflection alone) Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

(Mary spoken to the mirror) Cheeky! (now to the children) Don't be all day about it please

Michael (yelling from inside the closet): Let me out! Let me out!

Mary (spoken to the toys): Well, that was very... Thank you now... Will you quite finish! Thank you.

A Spoon Full of Sugar - From the Movie - Just in case you want to listen and sing along.

Here's a clip from the actual movie, that has the whole song.

The Movie Itself

Mary Poppins (40th Anniversary Edition)
Mary Poppins (40th Anniversary Edition)

If you love the Poppins, here's the 40th anniversary edition.


Soundtracks, Songbooks, and places not on Squidoo to Experience Mary


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