We’ll burn that bridge when we come to it

This malaphor, popularized by Jimmy Buffett, is a mash up of “we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it” (don’t worry about something that has not happened) and “burn your bridges” (permanently end relationships).

JIMMY BUFFETT
“Burn That Bridge”
 I’m not saying I’m scared of you

But your love is something new
When I hold you we’re swaying in the wind
Of all the bridges I’ve ever crossed
High and lonesome and wild and lost
I feel this time I’ll take it to the end
We don’t care what the people may say
If there’s a price it’s the price we’ll pay

[Chorus:]
And we’ll burn that bridge when we come to it
Burn that bridge when we come to it
Burn that bridge when we come to it
Burn it down
Burn it down

We’ve both done our share of runnin’ around
Now we know enough to know the kind of love
we’ve found
It’s the real thing and we’ve got to see it through
I’m a singer and a sailor on a midnight sea
Oh captain come and take me on your fantasy
If we’re crazy that ain’t nothin’ new
‘Cause we don’t care what the people may say
If there’s a price it’s the price we’ll pay and

[Chorus]

Who knows how it started
Who knows it’s ends
The point of no return is waiting
just around the bend

[Chorus]

Burn That Bridge

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3 Comments on “We’ll burn that bridge when we come to it”

  1. Nancy Green says:

    I enjoyed the song!!! Nancy

  2. Heh, I love this malaphor and use it all the time, generally to indicate that I will not worry about something until I am absolutely forced to deal with it, at which point I will inevitably make an egregious mess of the whole affair.


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