The Previous review comments on the use of "Kathmandu" and "Timbukti" as though they undermine the Metheny/Elling piece, Minuano. This, in my opinion is an inaccuarate observation.
In truth, jazz is one of the only genres of music that can afford to use silly lyrics, without sounding premature or overly unserious. The obvious rhyme of kathmandu and timbuktu may seem banal if heard alone in the chorus, but anyone who chooses to comment on the lyrics of a song must listen to the lyrics in their specific context. Kurt obviously explores all facets of human experience: admiration, desire, imagination --which leads to metaphor upon metaphor, then hope, then realisation of love, then, then the determination to capture the unrequited love, more hope, and finally the culmination of love discovered.
Nothing personal Ken, but try listening to Minuano along with the rest of the lyrics. It is a masterpiece poem...and Man in the Air is a wonderful compendium of soul grub.