Turning Turtlee

Turning Turtle is a song from 2018 Disney musical live-action film “Mary Poppins Returns“. The song is sung by Topsy, Mary Poppins and Jack and Banks children and performed by Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Mary Poppins Returns Cast.

Turning Turtle Lyrics

Annabel: Turning turtle? What exactly does that mean?

Topsy: 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

Jack: Tell us, can you fix this drum?
Topsy: Well, today is looking glum!
John: Can you mend this crack?
Annabel: And broken string?

Topsy: 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
Topsy: 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!”
Topsy: Lucky me?!
Mary Poppins: Yes!
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.

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

Jack: I wouldn’t mind seeing things from that angle.
John: Sounds like fun.
Annabel: Can we?
Mary Poppins: Very well. Flippity-flop

Annabel: Near is…
John: Far is…
Jack: Here is…
Georgie: There!
Mary Poppins: Turtles turning everywhere!

Topsy: 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

Topsy: I never thought of things that way
Mary Poppins: She never thought of things that way
Topsy: Now Wednesdays are my favorite day
Jack, Annabel, Georgie, John:
Now Wednesdays are my favorite day

Topsy: ‘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…

All: The world is turning turtle!! 

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