ONE JUMP AHEAD Lyrics depict someone streetwise who lives life on the edge while trying to outrun trouble and the authorities. The lyrics convey a scrappy, resilient spirit doing whatever it takes just to scrape by, from stealing food to outfoxing the guards. There’s a sense of danger and excitement, reacting and hustling constantly to stay one step ahead of demise. But underneath there is also vulnerability – a flicker of longing for stability amidst the chaotic thrill-ride. Overall, the song captures the humor, hunger for freedom, and inner backdrop of adversity beneath the bravado of the lovable rogue protagonist. ONE JUMP AHEAD Lyrics by Alan Menken bring to life the adventures and trials of a quick-witted underdog living by their wits.


Gotta keep
One jump ahead of the bread line
one swing ahead of the sword
i steal only what i can’t afford
thats everythingOne jump ahead of the lawmen
That’s all, and that’s no joke
These guys don’t appreciate I’m broke[Crowd:] Riffraff! Street rat! Scoundrel! Take that!

[Aladdin:] Just a little snack, guys
[Crowd:] Rip him open, take it back, guys
[Aladdin:] I can take a hint, gotta face the facts
You’re my only friend, Abu!
[Crowd:] Who?

[Ladies:] Oh it’s sad Aladdin’s hit the bottom
He’s become a one-man rise in crime
I’d blame parents except he hasn’t got ’em
[Aladdin:] Gotta eat to live, gotta steal to eat
Tell you all about it when I got the time!

One jump ahead of the slowpokes
One skip ahead of my doom
Next time gonna use a nom de plume
One jump ahead of the hitmen

One hit ahead of the flock
I think I’ll take a stroll around the block

[Crowd:] Stop, thief! Vandal! Outrage! Scandal!

[Aladdin:] Let’s not be too hasty
[Lady:] Still I think he’s rather tasty
[Aladdin:] Gotta eat to live, gotta steal to eat
Otherwise we’d get along
[Crowd:] Wrong!

[Aladdin:] One jump ahead of the hoofbeats
One hop ahead of the hump
(Street rat!)
One trick ahead of disaster
They’re quick, but I’m much faster
(Take that!)
Here goes, better throw my hand in
Wish me happy landin’
All I gotta do is jump

One Jump Ahead (Reprise)
Music: Alan Menken
Lyrics: Tim Rice

[Aladdin:] Riffraff, street rat
I don’t buy that
If only they’d look closer
Would they see a poor boy? No, siree
They’d find out
There’s so much more to me


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