It can be lonely up at the top
Above your problems and your stress
And if there's trouble then we will take a pill
To find a high society
Up in the air with your poverty
And on the way to a Broadway play
She bought whatever was in her way
She got her hair done there on
Crosby and prince a shave and a rinse
Just for her high society
She bought her high society

aah, life's much richer than the sound
I feel us going up, the others going down and down
This world is full of filthy sights
I won't go out at night
Unless the corners there are bright
In light of high society
She bought her high society
Just for her high society

she took her way like a magistrate
She bought whatever was in her way
And paid for dinner
With 200 dollar bills what a thrill
To eat her high society
She bought her high society

aah, life's much richer than the sound
I feel us going up, the others going down and down
This world is full of filthy sights
I won't go out at night
Unless the corners there are bright
In light of high society
She bought her high society
Just for her high society


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High Society Lyrics as written by Porter Steele Walter Melrose

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    General Comment

    It's about the thrill of being rich. That, or the thrill of getting high (stoned).

    theriteofspringon April 14, 2005   Link
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    i've always wondered if they meant two hundred dollar bills as in one bill that's worth $200 or just 200 $1 bills. either way it can have a different meaning.

    but i think it's a $200 dollar bill. which makes me believe that this song is mocking the idea of upper class/high society, like they just throw money around like it's nothing when in reality the majority of the world is actually quite poor.

    klttl3son August 30, 2007   Link
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    Song Meaning

    The comments here are correct a little bit, however, I think they miss a bigger picture that the song is conveying. This song is very much about consumerism and the notion of "getting high" off of it. The song tries to show the lack of realism people who are rich are act rich have. The $200 bill line is to mention how fake they are much like their appearance, since $200 bills do not exist. The pill they take is the idea that buying your happiness is possible, hence why it can be lonely at the top, they do not simply have monetary problems to worry about. In this case, they create their own problems that are unsolvable. Furthermore, it shows how detached rich people are, that they believe somehow they are better now that they have all of these material goods... "I feel us going up the others going down and down."

    jsg203on February 16, 2022   Link

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