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High Hopes Lyrics

[Intro]
High, high hopes

[Chorus]
Had to have high, high hopes for a living
Shooting for the stars when I couldn't make a killing
Didn't have a dime but I always had a vision
Always had high, high hopes (High, high hopes)
Had to have high, high hopes for a living
Didn't know how but I always had a feeling
I was gonna be that one in a million

Always had high, high hopes

[Verse 1]
Mama said, fulfill the prophecy
Be something greater, go make a legacy
Manifest destiny, back in the days
We wanted everything, wanted everything

Mama said, burn your biographies
Rewrite your history,
light up your wildest dreams
Museum victories, every day
We wanted everything, wanted everything

[Pre-Chorus]
Mama said don't give up, it's a little complicated
All tied up, no more love and I'd hate to see you waiting

[Chorus]
Had to have high, high hopes for a living
Shooting for the stars when I couldn't make a killing
Didn't have a dime but I always had a vision
Always had high, high hopes
Had to have high, high hopes for a living
Didn't know how but I always had a feeling
I was gonna be that one in a million

Always had high, high hopes (High, high hopes)

[Verse 2]
Mama said, it's uphill for oddities
The stranger crusaders, ain't ever wannabes
The weird and the novelties don't ever change

We wanted everything, wanted everything (High, high hopes)

[Bridge]
Stay up on that rise
Stay up on that rise and never come down, oh
Stay up on that rise
Stay up on that rise and never come down

[Pre-Chorus]
Mama said don't give up, it's a little complicated
All tied up, no more love and I'd hate to see you waiting
They say it's all been done but they haven't seen the best of me-eh-eh-eh
So I got one more run and it's gonna be a sight to see-eh-eh-eh

[Bridge]
Had to have high, high hopes for a living
Shooting for the stars when I couldn't make a killing
Didn't have a dime but I always had a vision
Always had high, high hopes (High, high hopes)
Had to have high, high hopes for a living
Didn't know how but I always had a feeling
I was gonna be that one in a million

Always had high, high hopes (High, high hopes)

[Chorus]
Had to have high, high hopes for a living
Shooting for the stars when I couldn't make a killing
Didn't have a dime but I always had a vision
Always had high, high hopes
Had to have high, high hopes for a living
Didn't know how but I always had a feeling
I was gonna be that one in a million

Always had high, high hopes (High, high hopes)

About “High Hopes”

“High Hopes” is about seeking your dreams without hesitancy and seeing those dreams come to fruition beyond your wildest imagination. Having high hopes is a phrase that means to have:

a strong feeling that something good will happen or be true

Throughout Panic! At The Disco’s and Brendon Urie’s career, the band has faced challenges and changes. The beginning of Panic!’s journey was fraught with financial challenges. Brendon Urie, trying to make ends meet, worked in a Smoothie King to support his music career. While creating their iconic “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”, the band could not afford to pay professional string musicians, leaving them to record a middle school band member playing the part one note at a time.

Even with commercial success, the trials of the music industry still plagued the band. From band members leaving and attempting to adapt to a turbulent music scene, Brendon Urie has seen his dream of maintaining success in the music industry fade in and out of view. Despite these difficulties, Urie, now the last remaining member of the band, has continued to strive for his goals and has earned a Grammy nomination, a stint on the Broadway show Kinky Boots, and numerous other accolades.

Upon the song’s release, Brendon revealed his inspiration behind “High Hopes” on Twitter and Instagram, and in the video description on YouTube

I spent too long not setting my expectations high enough, worried about how it felt to fail. I hit a point when I realized I had to aim high and fail, fail, fail in order to keep growing. This one is for all of you who helped me go for it all. I thank you.
- B

The song was released half an hour prior to the due time – 2pm EST – on the official Panic! At The Disco YouTube Channel, racking up just over 1k views, before being officially released via a separate video, and on Spotify.

“High Hopes” is the third single released from Pray For The Wicked. It was preceded by “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” and “(Fuck a) Silver Lining” which were released two months earlier.

“High Hopes” is the highest charting song in Panic! At the Disco history, peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, surpassing “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” at number 7 in 2006.

  • What have the artists said about the song?

    While on Sirius XM (March 21, 2018), Brendon revealed that High Hopes is his favorite song on the record.

  • What is High Hopes about?

    In an interview with Topsify, Brendon talked about why he wrote “High Hopes”

    I want[ed] to talk about my childhood and having this dream as a kid. Making a cardboard cutout of a guitar and standing front of the mirror, dreaming of being on stage. Now it’s come to fruition, and that is what [“High Hopes”] is about. It’s [this] all encompassing idea of how it started and where I am now [and] the vision I had.

  • Was this song been teased in any way before its release?

    Yes. Panic! At The Disco teased this song on their twitter page in a tweet saying:

    I have high high hopes that this is going to be a good week 😉

    Panic! also teased the release date and time of “High Hopes” by responding on May 22, 2018 to a tweet that said,

    @brendonurie RELEASE HIGH HOPES ASAP I’M DEHYDRATED

    Panic! replied,

    Quenching your thirst tomorrow at 2pm ET

  • Has this song been used for promotional purposes outside of Panic! At The Disco?

    Yes. The NHL (National Hockey League) has used “High Hopes” as the music for the Las Vegas Golden Knight’s promotional video as they entered the playoffs for the Stanley Cup Final.

  • Did Brendon show High Hopes in a live show on Instagram before it's release?

    He did not. He did, however, preview the high note for “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”, part of a different unreleased track, and he gave descriptions of several songs on the album.

  • What statement accompanied the music video for "High Hopes?"

    When the music video was released Brendon wrote in the description of the video:

    No matter how hard your dreams seem, keep going. You might even have to climb up the side of a building in downtown LA, but it’ll all be worth it at the top.
    Stay up on that rise,
    B, P!ATD

  • When was the music video for this song released?

    The music video was released on August 27, 2018.

  • How did this song perform on the Billboard charts?

    As of the week ending December 8, 2018, “High Hopes” peaked in the #5 spot on the Hot 100 chart and hit #1 on the Hot Rock Songs chart. The song is the highest-charting song for the band to date.

"High Hopes" Track Info