"The High Road" as written by Neil Sanderson, Adam Wade Gontier, Brad Walst, Barry Stock, Chris Tompkins and Don Gilmore....
I told you I was hurt
Bleeding on the inside
I told you I was lost
In the middle of my life

There’s times I stayed alive for you
There’s times I would’ve died for you
There’s times it didn’t matter at all

Will you help me find the right way up
Or let me take the wrong way down
Will you straighten me out
Or make me take the long way around
I took the low road in
I’ll take the high road out
I’ll do whatever it takes
To be the mistake you can’t live without

Standing in the dark
I can see your shadow
You’re the only light
That’s breaking through the window

There’s times I stayed alive for you
There’s times I would’ve died for you
There’s times it didn’t matter at all

Will you help me find the right way up
Or let me take the wrong way down
Will you straighten me out
Or make me take the long way around
I took the low road in
I’ll take the high road out
I’ll do whatever it takes
To be the mistake you can’t live without

We’ll I’m not gonna give it away
Not gonna let it go, just to wake up someday gone! Gone!
The worst part is looking back
And knowing that I was wrong

Help me find the right way up
Or let me take the wrong way down
Will you straighten me out
Or make me take the long way around
I took the low road in
I’ll take the high road out
I’ll do whatever it takes
To be the mistake you can’t live without

I’ll do whatever it takes
To be the mistake you can’t live without


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"The High Road" as written by Adam Gontier Don Gilmore

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  • +7
    My InterpretationI think it's about a man who's, well frankly fucked. He's really messed up and the girl he cares about is trying to fix him. But his natural reaction is to appreciate it at first, but to relapse into his normal ways. It praises her for how she's gonna help him find the "right way out". But then it regresses in to a very dark tone about how she's the only light. She's the only good influence on him and he believes she's not going to be patient enough with him to straighten him up. Plus the dark side just wants to be good in-order to crush her. He wants to be the "mistake that she can't live with out". He pushes between knowing she's all that good for him and he keeps showing how he lies in the dark, because he wants to destroy "the only light breaking through the window." At the end he shows that he's trying to be the best he can, because he ends with saying, "We’ll I’m not gonna give it away Not gonna let it go just to wake up someday".
    He feels as though he's a mistake and clearly a fuck-up, but he can make himself great enough so that he's the one she can't live without.
    ghostrpon October 03, 2012   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningAt first, I believed it was about (like many others here think) how he didn't need someone to help him through, but after Adam left the band, I listened into the lyrics.
    "I told you I was hurt, I told you I was bleeding on the inside. I told you I was lost in the middle of my life," this could possibly be explaining how after he got out of rehab, he needed help. Or possibly even before when he explained he needed help with his addictions. But, after he got out of rehab, the rest of the band was still addicted to all sorts of drugs, or alcohol, and that was a negative influence, thus leading to the lines,
    "I took the low road in, I'll take the high road out," , "Help me find the right way up
    or let me take the wrong way down. Will you straighten me out, or let me take the long way around." This is stating how afterwards, he was still around all these negative influences. When he says he took the low road in, he was saying how he had such horrible addictions, but when he got out of rehab, he was still surronded by those who still do the same drugs he had become addicted too earlier.
    So, in a short summary, I feel as if Adam wrote this song to tell the listeners that he was leaving the band before even saying a thing to the media.

    A sad story, but I feel as if it's accurate. Feel free to correct me if you feel the need to do so.
    RocknBrion March 24, 2013   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningAt first, I believed it was about (like many others here think) how he didn't need someone to help him through, but after Adam left the band, I listened into the lyrics.
    "I told you I was hurt, I told you I was bleeding on the inside. I told you I was lost in the middle of my life," this could possibly be explaining how after he got out of rehab, he needed help. Or possibly even before when he explained he needed help with his addictions. But, after he got out of rehab, the rest of the band was still addicted to all sorts of drugs, or alcohol, and that was a negative influence, thus leading to the lines,
    "I took the low road in, I'll take the high road out," , "Help me find the right way up
    or let me take the wrong way down. Will you straighten me out, or let me take the long way around." This is stating how afterwards, he was still around all these negative influences. When he says he took the low road in, he was saying how he had such horrible addictions, but when he got out of rehab, he was still surronded by those who still do the same drugs he had become addicted too earlier.
    So, in a short summary, I feel as if Adam wrote this song to tell the listeners that he was leaving the band before even saying a thing to the media.

    A sad story, but I feel as if it's accurate. Feel free to correct me if you feel the need to do so.
    RocknBrion March 24, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Commentmaybe he had sexual relations with a girl and then ended up driving her away due to his drug abuse and self medicating issues and then realized after moving onto different girls that shes truly the only one she wants to be with and hell do anything to redeem himself while she doesnt want anything to do with him whatsoever, thus motivating him to get clean and improve his life in hopes of one day becoming the man she needs. he wants to be the one mistake she cant live without. also he says there are times hes stayed alive for her, probably implying that he was driven suicidal and into deep depression over this girl constantly beating himself up for his mistakes but still sees scarce hope that he will pull out of this slump hes in and his life will eventually take a turn for the better. he says will you straighten me out? because he cares for this girl and sees so much potential in her that he'd be willing to give up drugs to be with her and never drive her away again. shes the only light breaking through his window. the only thing that keeps him strong. and at the same time the one thing that yields the greatest pain
    raffattackon April 21, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel like this person has clearly made mistakes, he's made some bad choices, but he also has reached out for help. You get the vibe though that whomever he was reaching out to has had enough of dealing with his poor choices and their consequences. But, the singer is still making it clear he will do whatever it takes to make it right and keep that person in his life, despite knowing the type of person he is (prone to fucking up, to put it bluntly).

    Also, the line in the chorus is "Will you straighten me out, or make me take the long way around", not "Will you string me out".
    metzoron January 21, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is like many of their songs where it can touch on many topics. Similar to I hate everything about you it was later known and told by adam it was his addiction. This song I agree with the long list of associations people made to addiction and this song. I feel its more towards the addiction and the road to recovery. As if a inner monolog to himself (or possibly god) of will you show me the way up so I dont fall into drugs again

    The flip side could be a relationship that he/she messed up and is asking him/her help me find the right way up. So he/she can right the wrong.
    mike22685on February 15, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationa guy is expressing that he doesnt need a certain woman in his life but would appreciate if she would guide him a little bit
    jersey47on February 11, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood song!
    HELENzon March 10, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionTHIS SONG IS SOOO FUCKKKKKKINGGG AMAZING!!!! thanks youz peepuls for this song!
    DeathAngel117on February 21, 2014   Link
  • -2
    General CommentSeems to me it's about a woman who only wants a guy when she believes he has a chance with someone else, only wants him when it's winter and he's depressed, only wants him online yearround, and won't allow him to cross her mind come spring and summer. Nope, his guy for those times has already been chosen. Haven't we had enough of this song. I know I have...
    ASweetPeaon January 21, 2013   Link

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