"High Road" as written by and Mike Shinoda....
Lets go ya'll

These people are running off at the mouth
Trying to convince me that I'm running on empty
Trying to convince themselves that the record with Jay was a fluke
That the record that I'm making is a mistake
And I can't take this
Let me tell you where I'm at with this
You bastards are gonna have to take back that shit
I'm not plastic and fake
When I make tracks I take facts and lay them out for the masses
You assholes are gonna see soon that I'm not playing
And start asking me the names that I'm not saying
But I'm trying to be bigger than the bickering
Bigger than the petty name calling
Under-the-breath talking
Rumors and labels and categorization
I'm like a struggling doctor, no patients
But you can say what you want about me
Keep talking while I'm walking away

You can say what you have to say
'Cause my mind's made up anyway
I'm taking the high road going above you
This is the last time that I'm gonna trust you
You can say what you have to say
'Cause my mind's made up anyway
All that bullshit you talk might work a lot
But it's not gonna work today

Mike
You people are running off at the mouth
Trying to make me take myself off safety
Trying to make my friends turn their backs on the team we've built
Building up some mistaken information
And I can't take this
Let me spell it out plain for you
Angry groups complaining about the things we do
I'm not changing direction, I'm stepping my game up
Maintaining my name, same way that I came up
You're gonna see that I'm not playing
And start asking the names that I'm not saying
But I'm tryin not to mention the names of people who wanna siphon attention
You like the hype but pretending you're part of the picture won't pass
You're like a high school dropout, no class
You can say what you want about me
Keep talking while I'm walking away

Why does it always have to be
Somebody's always watching me
All I really need is some room to breathe
Is anybody out there listening
'Cause I can't stand to keep this in
All I really want I'll say again


Lyrics submitted by L-Kyne

"High Road" as written by Mike Shinoda

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    General CommentAnyone who doesn't understand this song is stupid.

    Paparazzi, magazine bulls't etc; all the usual stuff for famous people. Just go deal with it, don't get us involved.

    Still, it's a cool song. Nice chorus
    Bryn2587on December 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI LOVE this song. I totally agree. this song is sooo right. You shouldn't trust anyone like that and you shouldn't come down to there level either. Get above it!! take the highroad
    lost_sissy_4lifeon December 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGotta love the puns he uses
    "I'm like a struggling doctor, no patients"

    "You're like a high school dropout, no class"
    L-Kyneon December 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a comment to the media who criticise and misrepresent celebrities and bands. It's a statement that he refuses to be brought down by whatever they do and say cos he's taking the high road.
    lucyb85on January 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentkinda hypocritical to write n rap a whole song about taking the high road about peeps dissin ya, while u bustin on them... still nice tune n all... peace
    Blank Canvason December 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDuh people, he is taking facts and laying them out. Simple as that. If you don't like is, kiss my ass.
    madd_elibberon December 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCrank the bass up slightly and youve got an ultimate driving song here! Favourite song on the album - plus its meaning is pretty straightforward
    lpuk5755on February 21, 2006   Link
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    General Comment>>Crank the bass up slightly and youve got an ultimate driving song here!

    lpuk5755 is part of the problem.

    ...but that's all I had to say.
    Hraesvelgon July 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"You bastards are gonna have to take back that shit"
    "You assholes are gonna see soon that I'm not playing"


    "And start asking me the names that I'm not saying
    But I'm trying to be bigger than the bickering
    Bigger than the petty name calling
    Under-the-breath talking"

    LOL... I'm not sure what Mike Shinoda defines as 'petty name calling'... but I know that he is definitely participating in it. The guy has talent at writing lyrics, but most of the time I find that he contradicts himself in them and he tends to just stray off his point a little bit in order to come up with a clever rhyme that may not make as much sense.

    And there is nothing really creative about the two puns he uses with the 'struggling doctor' and 'high school dropout', they are both really old and overused.

    I don't have a problem with Mike at all, I actually like this song, but the lyrics aren't THAT great. And I also don't like how he has to throw in random cursing just for the sake of it... that's just a sign of being immature.
    b_edwards1015on December 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentedwards1015 is right. swearing for no particular reason is immature. you dont necessarily need bad words to emphasise smtg.some of the greatest songs ever written dont have a single swear word in em (ie panic! at the disco).but i still LOVE this song to bits. especially the beat of the chorus. very suave and impactful.all of fort minors beats in every song is damn good.they just have to work on their lyrics. damn great song tho.very nice and straight forward meaning.
    panicfreak92on May 30, 2007   Link

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