Portobello Road

"Portobello Road" is a song from Bedknobs and Broomsticks, written by the Sherman Brothers. It is sung while Miss Eglantine Price (Angela Lansbury), Professor Emelius Brown (David Tomlinson), and the children look for the Spells of Astoroth in Portobello Road.

Lyrics Edit

Emelius Browne: Portobello Road, Portobello Road

Street where the riches of ages are stowed

Anything and everything a chap can unload

Is sold off the barrow in Portobello road

You’ll find what you want in the Portobello road

Street Vendor # 1: Rare alabaster?

Emelius Browne: Genuine plaster!

Street Vendor # 2: A filigreed samovar owned by the czars?

Street Vendor # 3: A pen used by Shelley?

Emelius Browne: A new Boticelli?

Street Vendor # 3: The snipper that clipped old King Edward’s cigars?

Street Vendor # 4: Waterford Crystals?

Street Vendor # 5: Napoleon’s pistols?

Street Vendor # 6: Society heirlooms with genuine gems!

Street Vendor # 7: Rembrandts! El Greco’s! Toulouse-Letrec’os!

Emelius Browne: Painted last week on the banks of the Thames!

Emelius Browne/Carrie Rawlins/Charlie Rawlins/Paul Rawlins: Portobello Road, Portobello Road!

Street where the riches of ages are stowed

Emelius Browne: Anything and everything a chap can unload

Is sold off the barrow in Portobello Road

Attractive Girls: You’ll meet all your chums in the Portobello Road

Emelius Browne: There’s pure inspiration in every creation

Clothing Vendor: No cheap imitations, not here in me store

With garments as such as was worn by a Duchess

Emelius Browne: Just once at some royal occasion of yore

Emelius Browne/Clothing Vendor: In Portobello Road, Portobello Road

The fancies and fineries of ages are showed.

Carrie Rawlins: A lady will always feel dressed a la mode In frillies she finds in the Portobello road

Book Vendor: “Burke’s Peerage” “The Bride Book” “The Fishmonger’s Guidebook”

A Victorian novel, “The Unwanted Son”

“The History of Potting”

Emelius Browne: “The Yearbook of Yachting”

Book Vendor: The leather bound “Life of Attila the Hun.”

Chorus: Portobello Road, Portobello Road

Street where the riches of ages are stowed

Artifacts to glorify our regal abode

Are hidden in the flotsam in Portobello Road

Tokens and treasures, yesterday’s pleasures

Cheap imitations of heirlooms of old

Dented and tarnished, scarred and unvarnished

In old Portobello they’re bought and they’re sold

Paul Rawlins: You can eat like a king here in Portobello Road

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