The High Road – Broken Bells

Broken Bells is an American indie rock band featuring artist—producer Danger Mouse (billed by his real name, Brian Burton) and James Mercer the lead vocalist and guitarist for the indie rock band The Shins. The project was first announced on Tuesday, September 29, 2009. The pair decided to work together after meeting at a Danish music festival in 2004 and finding they were fans of each others work. Mercer and Burton began recording together in secret at Burton’s Los Angeles based studio in March 2008 and describe their material as “melodic, but experimental, too”.

On December 14 the band released their first email update, in which a binary-coded message stating ‘The High Road is hard to find’ was displayed, offering a link to the band’s web page, now with a new color scheme, for ‘further details’. On the morning of December 21, the band informed fans in an e-mail message of the release of their debut single “The High Road”, which was made available as a free download on their official site.

The High Road

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Go down to wait all night
She’s bound to run him out
Invested enough in it anyhow
To each his own
The garden is sorting out
She curls her lips on a bar
I don’t know if you’re dead or not
If you’re anyone

Come on and get the minimum
Before you open up your eyes
This army has so many hands
to analyze
Come on and get your overdose
Collected at the borderlines
They want to get up in your hair

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
The soldier is bailing out
And curled his lips on a bar
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
Collected at the borderlines
They want to get up in your hair

Cause they know, 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 laws be your guide
It’s too late to change your mind
You let laws be your guide

  • Audio from the 2010 album, Broken Bells:


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