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"Nowhere to Go But Up" is a song sung by The Balloon Lady, Michael Banks, Jane Banks, and Jack in the film Mary Poppins Returns. It is sung during the end of the film where Mary, the children, and everyone from Cherry Tree Lane have fun with balloons they collect from the Balloon Lady in joy.


Life's a balloon that tumbles or rises
Depending on what is inside
Fill it with hope and playful surprises
And, oh, dearie ducks, then you're in for a ride

Look inside the balloon, and if you hear a tune
There's nowhere to go but up
Choose the secret we know before life makes us grow
There's nowhere to go but up

If your selection feels right, well, then, dearie, hold tight
If you see your reflection, your heart will take flight
If you pick the right string, then your heart will take wing
And there's nowhere to go but up

Now I feel like that boy with a shiny new toy
And there's nowhere to go but up
Just one day at the fair has me waltzing on air
And there's nowhere to go but up

Michael: Jane, I remember! It's all true! Every impossible thing we imagined with Mary Poppins. It all happened!

Now my heart is so light that I think I just might
Start feeding the birds and then go fly a kite
With your head in a cloud, only laughter's allowed
And there's nowhere to go but up

We're zigging and zagging, our feet never dragging
We might take a ride to the moon
All this bobbing and weaving all comes from believing
The magic inside the balloon

The past is the past; it lives on as history
And that's an important thing
The future comes fast, each second a mystery
For nobody knows what tomorrow may bring

Jack: This one looks like you.
Jane: How did you know?
Admiral Boom: Don't you lose her, son!
Jack: I won't, sir!

Up here in the blue, it's a marvellous view
Side by side is the best way to fly
Once I just looked above, but now I am part of
The lovely London sky

Balloon Lady: Would you like to try one yourself, sir?
Mr. Wilkins: Why not? I'll give it a go.
Balloon Lady: Choose carefully.
Well, nowhere to go but up.

When the clouds make a muss, well I won't make a fuss
But I'll polish the sky (Ellen, better let us)
Give a lift to a foe, for you reap what you sow
And there's nowhere to go but up

Admiral Boom: I've set sail! Chart a course, Mr. Binnacle!
Mr. Binnacle: That, I will, sir!

If your day's up the spout, well, there isn't a doubt
There's nowhere to go but up
And if you don't believe, just hang on to our sleeve
For there's nowhere to go but up
As you fly over town, it gets harder to frown
And we'll all hit the heights if we never look down
Let the past take a bow, the forever is now!
And there's nowhere to go but up, up
There's nowhere to go but up

Balloon Lady: Of course, the grown-ups will all forget by tomorrow.
Mary Poppins: They always do.
Balloon Lady: Only one balloon left, Mary Poppins. I think it must be yours.
Mary Poppins: Yes, I suppose it must. Practically perfect in every way.



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Films: Mary Poppins (video/soundtrack) • Mary Poppins Returns (video/soundtrack) • The Cat That Looked at a KingMusicalThe Legacy CollectionPractically Poppins in Every Way: A Magical Carpetbag of Countless Wonders
Disney Parks
Garden of the Twelve FriendsMary PoppinsThe Great Movie Ride

Entertainment: Disney Adventure Friends CavalcadeDisney's BelieveDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicFollow Your DreamsMickey's Magical Music WorldOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives OnOnce Upon a Mouse
Restaurants: Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
Parades: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney's Party ExpressDisney Cinema ParadeDisney Magic on ParadeDisney on Parade: 100 Years of MagicDisney Stars on ParadeDisney Stars 'n' CarsDreaming Up!Happiness is Here ParadeMickey's Soundsational ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Fireworks: Believe... There's Magic in the StarsDisney Dreams!Disney Movie MagicDisneyland ForeverFantasy in the SkyMagical
Spring: Disney's Easter WonderlandDisney's Spring Promenade

Mary Poppins: Mary PoppinsBertGeorge BanksWinifred BanksJane BanksMichael BanksPenguin WaitersFoxAdmiral Boom and Mr. BinnacleUncle AlbertMr. Dawes Sr.Katie NannaMrs. BrillEllenMr. Dawes Jr.Constable JonesThe Pearly BandMiss LarkChimney Sweeps

Mary Poppins Returns: William Weatherall WilkinsJackTopsyThe Balloon LadyClydeShamusJohn BanksAnnabel BanksGeorgie BanksAngusHamilton Gooding and Templeton FryeThe Park KeeperPenny FarthingLamplighters
The Cat That Looked at a King: CatKing
Musical: Miss Andrew

LondonCherry Tree LaneEnglish Countryside Painting
Mary Poppins: Sister SuffragetteThe Life I LeadThe Perfect NannyA Spoonful of SugarSobre las OlasJolly HolidaySupercalifragilisticexpialidociousStay AwakeI Love to LaughFeed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)A British BankFidelity Fiduciary BankChim Chim Cher-eeStep in TimeA Man Has DreamsLet's Go Fly a Kite

Mary Poppins Returns: (Underneath the) Lovely London SkyA ConversationCan You Imagine That?The Royal Doulton Music HallA Cover is Not the BookThe Place Where Lost Things GoTurning TurtleTrip a Little Light FantasticNowhere to Go But Up
Musical: Temper, TemperPractically PerfectAnything Can HappenBrimstone and TreaclePlaying the GameBeing Mrs. BanksGood for NothingCherry Tree LanePrecision and Order
Deleted Songs: The Anthropomorphic ZooThe ChimpanzooThe Right SideThe Land of SandAdmiral BoomMary Poppins' MelodyYou Think, You BlinkThrough The Eyes of LoveWest WindTiki TownThe North Pole Polka