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Music Monday: Sister Suffragette (Mary Poppins)

Finally, Election Tuesday is almost here. I put the the song "Sister Suffraqgette" from Mary Poppins on my election playlist. It was written by Richard and Robert Sherman. In a page from their book, Walt's Time from Before and Beyond, there is a quick story about this particular song.

Glynis Johns as Mrs. Banks (Mary Poppins)

Glynis Johns as Mrs. Banks (Mary Poppins)

Photo from the book, Walt Disney from Before and to Beyond, by Richard and Robert Sherman

Photo from the book, Walt Disney from Before and to Beyond, by Richard and Robert Sherman

Apparently, when the actress who played Mrs. Banks, Glynis Johns, had her first meeting with Walt Disney in regards to Mary Poppins, Johns thought she was being cast as the lead role. Disney quickly saved the day and told Johns that there was a song especially written for her. It was enough to entice her to take the role of Mrs. Banks.

The funny thing is that there was no truth about this song. Apparently, the Sherman Brothers had already finished the Mary Poppins score and there not a song for the Mrs. Banks character. After Disney told them about this song for Johns, The Sherman Brothers took a song that they had had written called "Practically Perfect" but had scrapped from the score, and worked frantically to change the words. They worked their Sherman Brothers music magic and came up with the song, "Sister Suffragette".

We're clearly soldiers in petticoats
And dauntless crusaders for woman's votes
Though we adore men individually
We agree that as a group they're rather stupid!

Cast off the shackles of yesterday!
Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!
Our daughters' daughters will adore us
And they'll sign in grateful chorus
"Well done, Sister Suffragette!"

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy