"On A High" as written by and Duncan Sheik....
I'm on a high, I'm on a high
There's nothing more to it.
We are the sea and the sky
And the blue that runs through it, yeah.

And there are some who say there are so many things I need
So I run or I fight and I crawl or I scream and I bleed
I bleed, I bleed

Well, it's a lie it's a lie, don't you believe it.
If you're fine then you're fine, it's all how you see it.
Oh, there never will be no conspiracy of happiness.

I'm on a high I'm on a high
And there's nothing more to it
I have the sun, it's a star
Why should I refuse it

And there are so many reasons I could give you why I should be down
There's not enough money or time and my love you're not around
Around, around

But it's a lie it's a lie, don't you believe it.
If you're fine then you're fine, it's all how you see it.
Oh, there never will be no conspiracy of happiness.

You're alive you're alive, how else could you hear me?
You are fine, you are fine, there's nothing worth fearing
Cause there never will be no conspiracy of happiness

I'm on a high, on a high
We are the sea and the sky
I'm on a high, on a high
I'm on a high

It's a lie, It's a lie don't you believe it
Cause I've tried and I've tried, and I can't really see it
Yeah, I'm trapped inside my conspiracy of happiness
Said I was yours, you were mine but I didn't really mean it
And I lied and I lied
And I wish you hadn't seen it
Cause I'm trapped inside my conspiracy of happiness
I'm on a high, on a high, there's nothing more to it, yeah.

Lyrics submitted by Museicalin

"On a High" as written by Duncan Sheik

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    General CommentI feel this song is really best described in 2 parts.

    In the first part, he's telling us to seize life. How this is our life, and we just need to live it. There might be "so many reasons to be down", but it doesn't matter, cuz in the end we're all going to be fine. It's all how you look at life and he's on a high just from living. He says there's no conspiracy of happiness, we can just be happy without needing a reason.

    But then at the very end he kinda puts a bitter twist to what he says in the beginning. It's like he's tried so hard to convince everyone that he's happy all the time, but it backfired and now he feels trapped b/c he can't admit that he has negative feelings to anyone. That's why he says "and I lied and I lied and I wish you hadn't seen it 'cause I'm trapped inside my conspiracy of happiness"

    Personally I feel that we should find a happy medium. We shouldn't dwell on all the reasons to be sad, and we should live our lives to the fullest, but at the same time, we shouldn't be so delusional as to ignore all the bad things in life.

    Really catchy song.
    prinuton September 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think its about the irony of people's struggle to find happiness, because the possiblity of finding true happiness scares them whenever the opportunity presents itself
    kikayon February 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment(woops, comment above got messed up)
    This song is pretty different from some of the other great Duncan Sheik songs I've heard, but I look forward to buying his new cd (Daylight) which is coming out on Aug. 27th!

    Sorry that one particular line in these lyrics are missing - I'll fix/consider any missing or incorrect words/lines that people notice. thanks.
    I think this song is about how he observes this girl who seems like she's living a happy life, but that he thinks she's not honestly happy (living in a "conspiracy of happiness") and that he doesn't really want to be a part of it. Still there's some history between him and this girl where they meant something to each other (and she still means a lot to him), but that he feels he's living in his *own* conspiracy of happiness pretending that he doesn't care for her anymore.

    "You're the sea and the sky and the blue that runs through it" .. ;) so great.
    Museicalinon August 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLin.. This is your song.
    dashboard kidon August 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDuncan's new album is amazing!
    EnergyTrajectoryon August 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCorrections in the lyrics (now that I have the CD with the actual lyrics)... not sure if I would interpret the song the same way anymore, but I could still see it as what I originally said too. *shrug*

    Everyone must get his new album.. IT IS Amazing.. wonderful.. beautiful...
    Museicalinon September 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song...up-beat...he's has a great voice
    wheaties409on July 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know what it means to me, I cannot explain it.
    It's just effing awesome.
    taylor42on August 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song has to do with people thinking they have psychological problems and taking various pills to help it when they dont really need them
    dberknyy24on December 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so amazing! I always think about it.. well the lyrics.
    "you're alive you're alive - how else could you hear me?
    you are fine, you are fine - there's nothing worth fearing"
    They are so meaningful.. it's just like you're alive and you're fine, even though you think you have all these problems you really don't. It really makes me think about all the things I have and the stupid things that I complain about that I think make my life incomplete. Everyone thinks they need something else and more to make them happy and okay.. and you just don't.
    AmberAmeliaon April 30, 2006   Link

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