"Why d You Only Call Me When You re High?" as written by and Alex Turner....
The mirror's image
It tells me it's home time
But I'm not finished
'Cause you're not by my side

And as I arrived I thought I saw you leaving
Carrying your shoes
Decided that once again I was just dreaming
Of bumping into you

Now it's three in the morning
And I'm trying to change your mind
Left you multiple missed calls
And to my message you reply
Why'd you only call me when you're high?
High
Why'd you only call me when you're high?

Somewhere darker
Talking the same shite
I need a partner
Well are you out tonight?

It's harder and harder to get you to listen
More I get through the gears
Incapable of making alright decisions
And having bad ideas

Now it's three in the morning
And I'm trying to change your mind
Left you multiple missed calls
And to my message you reply
(Message you reply)
Why'd you only call me when you're high?
(Why'd you only call me when you're)
High
Why'd you only call me when you're high?

And I can't see you here when I'm high
Sort of feels like I'm running out of time
I haven't found all I was hoping to find
You said you got to be up in the morning
Gonna have an early night
And you starting to bore me, baby
Why'd you only call me when you're high?

Why'd you only ever phone me when you're high?
Why'd you only ever phone me when you're high?

Why'd you only ever phone me when you're high?
Why'd you only ever phone me when you're high?


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"Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" as written by Alex Turner

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  • +10
    My InterpretationThe song is about the terrible on and off relationship of two individuals. They both have history together and have gone through this multiple times.

    The guy is clearly in love or infatuated with this girl but for whatever reason only contacts her when he's under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    Most people have been in this situation of only hearing from someone they care or love when they are under the influence of a substance. It almost feels like you're being used as a comfort or for sexual means, which is the biggest question... Why do they only call me when they're high/drunk?
    Darrowon April 23, 2014   Link
  • +5
    General CommentWell I think it's pretty clear what the song is about and I kinda feel like I've been there before haha
    Anyway, I came here to say that, in my opinion, this sounds like a song that Justin Timberlake would sing and I think it's kinda funny, but anyway, ARCTIC MONKEYS always make it really good no matter what kind of music, what they're talking about on their songs, etc... and this is the proof :)

    (I'm sorry if my english is not perfect, I'm spanish!)

    Cheers!
    Nusquikon August 08, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a great song definitely, but I want a Humbug-esque song on the new album, y'know, the ones with lyrics just pouring with meaning.
    JustOneIn24on August 12, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's:
    Why'd you only call me when you're high?
    Hi, why'd you only call me when you're high?
    Underdark74on January 07, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song reminds me of the relationship I had with my girlfriend before we started dating.

    The protagonist is obsessed with the idea of this girl he's infatuated with but can't "get through the gears" enough to connect with her so all he ends up with are stoned 3AM messages and missed calls and dreaming of bumping into her in the hazy scenes of his life. The way he treats the girl bores her and raises the question in her head - why'd he only call her when he's high? Is he really interested or is this just a lonely pothead's cry for comfort?

    There's excellent dialogue going on in this song between the guy and the girl and they both seem to have a hard time understanding the emotions of both each others and themselves. I know exactly what this is like from personal experience and all I can say is I'm glad I eventually pulled myself together enough to make my point clear. Brilliant song anyways and I love the psychedelic rap vibes going on which really emphasize the drugged up atmosphere of the song
    turtleninja69on May 07, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPerfect, as always.
    Marty33on July 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNice song, the guitar riff and the rhytm background gives a rap feeling. With some added pop flavor and mild psychedelia.

    Not a hard song to understand.

    I think this is a smart line:

    Gets harder and harder
    To get you to listen

    At first it sounds likes hes talking something else
    goombarioon September 10, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is awesome!!! I'm a huge Am fan lol. I think it's about a guy who did something bad to a girl (cheated on her,ignored her, etc) and he's trying to win her back, but she thinks he only thinks about her when he's on drugs or "high"
    Nikiamon January 13, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is a lil gross imho.

    "I need a partner, well are you out tonight?" hes just calling her for a one night stand, he just wants sex not a relationship.

    "Now it's 3 in the morning, and I'm trying to change your mind" he is persistent and wont leave her alone when she tells him no

    im a huge am fan but this song is p upsetting
    claramon September 01, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI had a friendship like this. Any time he did blow, he'd call and go on and on like he was emptying his head. At first, it was exciting and even inspiring in a way. But it got old after a while, and I realized that any promises he made or ideas he had while he was high were going to be empty.

    So I'm probably projecting when I say that Ithink this song is about a guy who is annoying the hell out of a woman with whom he used to be close. Now he only calls her when he's got the artificial courage.

    I think it's a pretty common scenario. The song has a cocaine-y feel, though. I don't see pot here.
    Interpolioon September 06, 2014   Link

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