#MusicMondays: High Hopes by Panic! At the Disco

This week’s tune is about following your own path and chasing after your dreams. If you’ve ever had a dream for the future, we recommend you listen to High Hopes by Panic! At the Disco.

As a kid I thought I would never make it. I only had dreams and fantasies of being a rock star, making cardboard cut-outs of a guitar, standing in front of my mirror just dreaming of the day. – Frontman Brendon Urie 

A Song About Chasing Your Dreams

About the Band

Panic! At the Disco, an alternative pop/punk band, formed in 2004 by childhood friends Ryan Ross and Spencer Smith. Soon after, they invited Brent Wilson and Brandon Urie to join. Over the next couple of years, the band had their fair share of lineup changes as many split off on their own endeavors. As of 2021, the band has turned into the solo project of remaining member Brendon Urie. He continues to release music under the name Panic! At the Disco.

About the Song

In High Hopes, Urie talks about his childhood and the dream he had as a kid.

The first verse channels part of a conversation with my mom. She provided me with the confidence that I needed as an insecure little kid. And then the flip side is a dialogue with my own daughter. She comes home from school and we have these talks, and just like any other kid she has good days and bad days. There are fragments of those conversations in there as well. – Urie

The song was released on May 23, 2018, and produced by Jake Sinclair and Jonas Jeberg. It was co-written by Brendon Urie, Jenny Owen Youngs, Lauren Pritchard, Sam Hollander, William Lobban-Bean, Taylor Parks, Ilsey Juber, and Jonny Coffer. High Hopes achieved the rare chart feature of reaching #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs, Adult Pop Songs, and Pop Songs charts. Interestingly enough, this has only been done by the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” in 1998, Green Day’s “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” in 2005, and Gotye and Kimbra’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” in 2012. In 2021, the song surpassed one billion streams on Spotify.

Lyrics

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
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, everyday
We wanted everything, wanted everything
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
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)
Mama said
It’s uphill for oddities
Stranger crusaders
Ain’t ever wannabes
The weird and the novelties
Don’t ever change
We wanted everything, wanted everything
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
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
So I got one more run and it’s gonna be a sight to see
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
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)
Anna Webber

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