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The High Road - Broken Bells

The High Road

Broken Bells
indie indie pop experimental rock 2010


Made available as a free download on their official site on Dec. 21, 2009, "The High Road" is the debut single of Broken Bells, a collaboration project between Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and James Mercer (The Shins). According to the The High Road Songfacts, the song juxtaposes an uplifting melodic chorus with a depressing lyric about not knowing if the dead can talk, or even not knowing if you're alive. "The High Road" was featured during the end credits of Episode 7 of the first season of the HBO series "How to Make It In America", originally aired on March 28, 2010.


Broken Bells is an American indie rock duo which formed in 2009 in Los Angeles. The band consists of James Mercer (vocals, guitar) and Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton (multiple instruments, production). Mercer is a member of the indie rock band The Shins and Burton is a member of Gnarls Barkley and Dangerdoom, as well as being a respected producer for such artists as Beck, Gorillaz, The Rapture and The Black Keys. The debut self-titled album by Broken Bells was released on Columbia Records on March 9, 2010. Show more ...

The High Road - Broken Bells

Go down to wait all night
She's bound to run amok
Invested enough in it anyhow
To each his own
The garden needs sorting out
She curls her lips on the bow
I don't know if I'm dead or not
To anyone

Come on and get the minimum
Before you open up your eyes
This army has so many heads
To analyze...
Come on and get your overdose
Collect it at the borderline
And They want to get up in your head

[Chorus:]
Cause they know, and so do I
The high road is hard to find
A detour in your new life
Tell all of your friends goodbye

The dawn to end all nights
That's all we hoped it was
A break from the warfare in your house
To each his own
A soldier is bailing out
He curled his lips on the barrel
And I don't know if the dead can talk
To anyone

Come on and get the minimum
Before you open up your eyes
This army has so many hands
Are you one of us?
Come on and get your overdose
Collect it at the borderline
And They want to get up in your head

[Chorus:]
Cause they know, and so do I
The high road is hard to find
A detour in your new life
Tell all of your friends goodbye

It's too late to change your mind
You let loss be your guide
(Repeat x3)



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