"The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys" as written by Jim Capaldi and Steve Winwood....
If you see something that looks like a star
And it's shooting up out of the ground
And your head is spinning from a loud guitar
And you just can't escape from the sound
Don't worry too much, it'll happen to you
We were children once, playing with toys
And the thing that you're hearing is only the sound of
The low spark of high-heeled boys

The percentage you're paying is too high priced
While you're living beyond all your means
And the man in the suit has just bought a new car
From the profit he's made on your dreams
But today you just read that the man was shot dead
By a gun that didn't make any noise
But it wasn't the bullet that laid him to rest was
The low spark of high-heeled boys

If you had just a minute to breathe and they granted you one final wish
Would you ask for something like another chance?
Or something similar as this? Don't worry too much
It'll happen to you as sure as your sorrows are joys
And the thing that disturbs you is only the sound of
The low spark of high-heeled boys

If I gave you everything that I owned and asked for nothing in return
Would you do the same for me as I would for you?
Or take me for a ride, and strip me of everything including my pride
But spirit is something that no one destroys
And the sound that I'm hearing is only the sound
The low spark of high-heeled boys

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"The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys" as written by Steve Winwood Jim Capaldi

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    General Commentthat one's kind of incorrect, my bad. still traffic's best song though
    majiion April 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe man in the suit is salvadore allende (that may be mispelled)
    edflinton May 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI believe its "it wasn't the "boiler" that laid him to rest"...(boiler being slang for gun).
    Admanon November 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentits about loan sharks and the credit card culture
    mcduggalon March 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI have no source for this interpretation but it seems apparent to me that this song is about the darker side of the music "industry".

    The first verse, "If you see something that looks like a star..." introduces the "star" and offers the warning at the end to aspiring musicians to be careful what you wish for because you might just get it.

    The verse continues this theme, that fame carries with it a dear cost. The "man in the suit" is the agent (or A&R rep) who takes the lion's share of the money produced by the music. The part about the man being shot with a gun that didn't make any noise is about the prevalence of drug usage and, specifically, shooting up heroine.

    "But it wasn't the bullet..." says that the drugs aren't really to blame, it is the evils (low spark) of fame and fortune (high-heeled boys) that are the real peril.

    The second verse merely asks the question (of the famous, drug-using star) was it all worth it? If you had it to do over again, would you change anything? And then goes on to, once again, warn the aspiring musician, "Is this really what you want?"

    The final verse is directed towards the agent (or, at least, suggests that the aspiring star be suspicious of the agent), and asks, "If I give you control of my music, can I trust you?".
    saulgoodeon September 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwowsers. this song's about trust and vulnerability and dangers of becoming jaded. steve winwood's plaintive, haunting voice is perfect for this song.
    mucketymuckon December 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell, I agree that the first verse is about the music industry, but to me, the second and third verses go beyond this. The second one seems to be about someone who is about to die ... or perhaps even who is about to be executed. In that moment, the hard reality of death cannot be escaped, and the wish for another chance is fruitless. The inescapability of death and the futility of wanting to turn back the clock is the unavoidable, hard reality that is being called "the low spark of high-heeled boys."

    In the third verse, it is turned around, because the singer says 'the sound that "I'm" hearing', not the thing that "you're" hearing, as is stated in the other two verses. In this case, the singer is putting the question to the audience: if he gives himself totally to us and becomes completely loving and vulnerable before us, would we do the same? He presumes we would not, and that we'd take advantage of him and walk all over him. In this case, we would be the manifestation of "the low spark of high-heeled boys". In other words, he's showing us a mirror in this verse.

    To me, therefore, "the low spark of high-heeled boys" is a metaphor for the forces that lay us low in life: selfishness, exploitation, hunger for wealth and power, and ultimately, death ... to name but a few. In spite of our ideals, we all have to stop being "children playing with toys" and to face these forces. And, as the final verse points out, we ourselves, even as victims of these ills, also are agents who bring them into the world.
    HippoManon March 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree that the entire song is a metaphor about the forces that lay us low in life. One, however, was left out of the original assesment: pride. I believe this is the true meaning of the first verse. When the singer says "If you see something that looks like a star" he's refering to the urge to become a star - the feeling that you can do something better than anybody else can. When he then says "We were all children once, playing with toys", he refers to the dream that a lot of young kids who play an instrument or are in a band have about becomming a "star".

    The second verse is obviously about credit and modern lending practices. The words "living beyond your means" refers to the fact that most people live in debt and the interest rates we pay allow the man to buy a new car - "From the profit he's made on your dreams"

    The third verse is about that moment in life when we realize it's our last breath. It asks the question, will we ask for another chance? But reminds the listener that we still have those things in life that have done to hurt other people - "The thing that disturbs you is only sound of the low spark of high-heeled boys."

    For some reason the singer decides to reinforce the lesson of hedonism from before when he again refers to living beyond your means.

    The final verse I complete agree with the original assesment about the singer asking the listener if he would reciprocate any openness he presented. He asks if we would walk all over him and "take him for a ride".
    soshimoon July 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song takes on a completely different world for me. As I see it, this comes from a person as Frost would say "Staying Gold" in a world of shit. Innocence lost so jaded a person becomes. Trying to be true to oneself on the search for another to keep the faith. The question is out there "If I gave you everything that I owned? Would do the same for me as I would for you? I can break down every line in the song that changed my life of bordom to a life worth living. "The man in the suit has bought a new car from the profit he's made on your dreams" Act on your ideas or someelse will. Faith, Hope, Love.
    RACC/E5150on October 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBeing a musican and understanding how alot of lyrics are written i would have to say that it really doesnt have a definate meaning to it. Most bands, such as Floyd, write clever lyrics that can be taken anyway the listener wants. Either way, these lyrics are brilliant.
    ColourReporteron October 08, 2006   Link

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