High as a Kite

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"High as a Kite"
High as a Kite cover
Single by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Black Album)
Released February 21, 2019
Recorded 2018
Length 3:48
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo/Josh Alexander
Producer(s) Dave Sitek
Status officially released
Live debut March 14, 2019
Weezer singles chronology
"Zombie Bastards"
"High as a Kite"
"Living in L.A."
Weezer (The Black Album) track listing
"Zombie Bastards"
"High as a Kite"
"Living in L.A."
This song is part of the "High as a Kite" lineage of songs

"High As A Kite" is the third track and third single from The Black Album. It was released on February 21, 2019 alongside "Living in L.A.".



In an interview with Zane Lowe, Rivers said that the song was about his mixed feelings with escapism, and that it reminded him of the song "Surf Wax America" in that respect. The song's verse melody appears to have been re-appropriated from "When We Were Young", a song originally intended for Everything Will Be Alright in the End. According to music journalist Scott Heisel, the bass chord progression was changed prior to release.[1]

Music Video

The music video was directed by Nathan Presley and parodies the children's television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. It was released alongside the single on February 21.


I think I'm going parasailing
Miles above, it’s so serene
I'm letting go of all the troubles
That I've seen, that I’ve seen
Way up here, no one can touch me
I'm drifting like a lost balloon
I'm out of reach, won't be coming down
Any time soon, any time soon

I'm high as a kite
Don't you think they'd know what I'm worth?
Flying like a beautiful bird
I’m high as a kite
Don’t you think they'd know what I’m worth?
Why I gotta come down to earth?

I feel no pain, I feel no pleasure
I only want to disappear
So let me play this game for children
And vanish into the atmosphere

When I'm high
And I'm giving up the nightmare chase, oh woah woah
And all I wanna do is blow my mind, oh woah woah
All I wanna do is blow my mind
I can fly up to the stratosphere
High above the cirrus clouds
Where I am one with the universe

See also


  1. Heisel, Scott. "Poll - High as a Kite: Yay or Nay?" All Things Weezer. 28 February 2019. https://allthingsweezer.com/index.php?threads/high-as-a-kite-yay-or-nay.51740/page-8#post-1741774 Screenshot: File:Scottheiselhaak.png