"Blow At High Dough" as written by Robert Baker, Gordon Downie, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gordon Sinclair....
They shot a movie once, in my hometown
Everybody was in it, from miles around
Out at the speedway, some kind of Elvis thing
Well I ain't no movie star
But I can get behind anything
Yeah I can get behind anything

Get it out, get it all out
Yeah stretch that thing
Make it last, make it last
Least until the supper bell rings
Well the taxi driver likes his rhythm
Never likes the stops
Throes of passion, throes of passion
When something just threw him off

Well, sometimes the faster it gets
The less you need to know
But you gotta remember
The smarter it gets
The further its gonna go
When you blow at high dough
When you blow at high dough

Baby I feel fine
I'm pretty sure it's genuine
It makes no sense, no it makes no sense
But I'll take it free anytime
Whoever fits her usually gets her
It was the strangest thing how she moved so fast, moved so fast
Into that wedding ring

Well, sometimes the faster it gets
The less you need to know
But you gotta remember
The smarter it gets
The further its gonna go
When you blow at high dough
When you blow at high dough

Out at the speedway, same Elvis thing
Well I can't catch her, but I can get behind anything
Yea I can get behind anything
Well I can get behind anything

Well, sometimes the faster it gets
The less you need to know
But you gotta remember
The smarter it gets
The further its gonna go
When you blow at high dough
When you blow at high dough

Yeah, blow at high dough
Blow at high dough

Out at the speedway, some Elvis thing


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"Blow at High Dough" as written by Gordon Sinclair Gordon Downie

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  • +3
    General CommentOk people, let`s not get patriotic here...

    This song is about materialism and spending as much as you can, as fast as you can.

    sometimes the faster it gets
    the less you need to know
    but you gotta remember
    the smarter it gets
    the further its gonna go
    when you blow at high dough

    Gord`s talking about how people will blow their whole check on shit they don`t need, while the ones who put their education to use get more money and therefore spend more.

    well I ain't no movie star
    but I can get behind anything
    yeah I can get behind anything

    Not everybodies a movie star, but everybody wants to have all the money and stuff that movie stars do. If they see a movie star advertise some product, they`ll go out and buy it.

    abuseforapieon August 12, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Don't blow at high dough" is an old wife's saving. Literally speaking it means you can't blow on your rising bread dough to make it rise slower if you rushed the process. You can't unscramble eggs, and you can't un-rise dough.

    Figuratively speaking, it means "don't get ahead of yourself", or "slow down there, kiddo".

    Please stop it with the drug and porn guesses.
    MsMaisonon May 25, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYea, this is a pretty damn good song. I love the hip, and guess what, I'm AMERICAN! Yea thanks for all the biased anti-american comments in here, tho guys. The Hip are a wonderful band, but why can't we all just enjoy them together, carms?
    ProudesterMonkeyon June 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthipmuseum.com/…
    OpinionHeadon January 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthipmuseum.com/…

    "Don't blow at high dough" is an expression Gord Downie's grandmother would use. A bit of wise matriarchal advice which suggests that you shouldn't get ahead of yourself or attempt to walk before you've crawled.

    "...They shot a movie once, in my hometown
    Everybody was in it, from miles around
    Out at the speedway, some kinda Elvis thing
    Well I ain't no movie star
    But I can get behind anything."

    Elvis Presley didn't invent rock and roll, but he did bring it to the masses. Sam Phillips, the guru behind SUN records, discovered Elvis and made him a star. In the segregated South of the 1950's, Phillips was searching for an acceptable white face that could bring rollicking black music to the Memphis mainstream. It is not an exaggeration to say that when Elvis walked into Phillip's store front studio and paid to record some gospel songs with his buddies, popular culture, if not culture period, was forever altered in a significant way.

    Elvis went on to become, well, Elvis, and is still a pop culture icon of epic, mythic and dizzying proportions. His film career was less than stellar however, and it's one of these "Anne Margaret and Elvis flirt at a racetrack" crap-a-thons that may be referenced in this song. Elvis wanted out of his binding movie contract as he felt it hindered his ability to record and tour. Col Tom, of New Orleans Is Sinking fame, pressured him to take on more film commitments. Eventually. Presley left Hollywood behind and returned to music with his famous live television concert known as the '68 Comeback Special.'

    The story of the King may have been reinforced for The Hip as the recorded "Up To Here" in Memphis.
    andykon January 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment there's nothing about porn here

    - a movie was shot in the area
    - there were a bunch of big names/big money floating around for a while
    - the locals got excited about the commotion - something happening in a small place
    - some got good paying, although temporary, jobs, alot of extras were needed (crowd scenes)
    - the money didn't last long for most people - they had a good time - a big, but temporary, party scene

    after all Dan Akroyd also comes from Kingston & returns every summer - parties ensue - he often promotes events, concerts & he has even made movies here like one of the Blue Brothers movies

    edge24on July 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNot sure why people have to say "Blowing High Dough"..As much as it sound like drugs and money i think its just metaphor.

    Its Blow at High Dough. Its just another way of saying not to get ahead of yourself.
    Naemgnoson January 29, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Blow at High Dough'' is a term that means basically don't get ahead of yourself.Nothing more follow the song and put that in prospective.Elvis is used because he got ahead of himself with his movie career.he wasn't ready that's why he went back to singing.I can get behind anything just means he knows he can get behind anything thats why he always gets ahead of himself or Blow at High Dough.Second verse get it all out is describing get it all out when getting ahead of your self you will learn more by getting ahead of yourself then looking back at what you jumped over.when the supper bell rings means you are in trouble for getting ahead of yourself.taxi driver likes his rhythm but don't like the stops means hes ahead of himself and he needs to pause to figure it out or stop playing.The faster it gets the smarter it gets means the faster you go then the more time you get to look back making you smarter because you have more time to see the picture now.the next verse is about someone jumping ahead and getting married when she has done this before meaning the person marring her is jumping ahead and just saying i do without sitting back and thinking about what she has done in the past.Out at the speedway means your fast to jump ahead,same old elvis thing is just saying the same thing because elvis jumped ahead of himself in his acting career,well i cant catch he means she jumps so far ahead of herself he cant keep up ,he can get behind anything means he knows he can not jump ahed of himself but he always gets ahead of himself.
    sputter81on March 03, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Blow at High Dough"
    - Act opon it while your ahead.
    I once head Gordie say live " This song is about the movie that i'm going to make about you"
    Fully__Completelyon March 07, 2003   Link
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    General Commentkick ass song kick ass band just like us Canadians
    Hagar_the_Horribleon April 04, 2003   Link

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