A Thousand Steps To Nowhere

by Jimmy Buffett

from the album Don’t Stop the Carnival


Lyrics

Iris -
A thousand steps

Paperman -
Obviously

Iris -
The Jewish cemetery

Paperman -
It may come in handy

Iris -
Let me get him. Your heart

Paperman -
Stay here

A thousand steps to nowhere
That is all I see
This night is asking questions
Where and what for me

A thousand miles from Henny
Who warned me from the start
I feel foolhardy, I miss Sardi’s
Thought I was so smart

Down is up, up is down
That’s just life in Kinja town
The natives and the castaways
That’s just life for me these days

Henny -
I’ve had it with this weather
My skin is pale as bleach
I’m heading back to Kinja
And stretch out on the beach

My past is in these boxes
All clean and neatly packed
No time for sorrow, I leave tomorrow
There’s no turning back

No turning back, I’m island bound
I want to turn from white to brown
Sing and dance to calypso songs
Trade in this mink for a pink sarong

Iris -
I really do admire him
And what he’s taking on
This island and these crazies
But I fear he’ll soon be gone

Can’t let myself fall for him
A terrible mistake
He’s got Henny,
I’m one too many
This time my heart could break

A thousand steps to nowhere
That is all I see

Paperman -
My heart is pounding madly

Iris -
Mine too, won’t let me be
A thousand reasons not to

Paperman -
Strange but oh so true
I’m behaving

Iris -
You’re not past saving
A thing we both should do

Henny -
Cause he’s happy

Duet -
Down is up, up is down

Henny -
I understand

Duet -
That’s just life in Kinja town

Henny -
Cause he’s my man

Duet -
The natives and the castaways
That’s just life for us these days

Henny -
Cause he’s happy

Duet -
Down is up, up is down

Henny -
I understand

Duet -
That’s just life in Kinja town

Henny -
Cause he’s my man

Duet -
The natives and the castaways

Ensemble -
That’s just life for us these days
That’s just life for us these days

Paperman -
Gilbert come and prime the pump