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"Cover is Not the Book" Inappropriate Lyrics


THIS is Disney now?


"Lady Hyacinth McCall brought all her treasures to a reef
Where she only wore a smile
Plus two feathers and a leaf
So no one tried to rob her 'cause she barely wore a stitch
For when you're in your birthday suit
There ain't much there to show you're rich"

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It's perfectly appropriate for a light musical comedy. Offendees need to pull the rod out of their arses.

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Wrong, sleazebag. Completely out of character for the wholesome Mary Poppins. Walt would have never allowed it and Julie Andrews did nothing of the sort in the original.

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'Cover is not the Book' is in the style of classic Music Hall songs, which often were vaguely bawdy and humorous. It was considered a lower class form of entertainment, like vaudeville in the USA. People would drink and smoke in music halls and be generally rowdy. Part of the joke was that Royal Doulton is posh and Music Halls are definitely not, so a Royal Doulton Music Hall is the type of contradictory humour Mary Poppins enjoys. The entire song is vaguely suggestive, but in a way that would completely go over kids' heads.

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Yeah, I was wondering how many outraged protests this would draw.

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