Oh Wonder – High On Humans Lyrics

High On Humans by Oh Wonder
Album : Ultralife
Released : 2017

I’m getting high, getting high
Getting high on humans

Sitting in the backseat, dead heat summer
Staring at the ground in a lucid light
I can feel a heartbeat built like thunder
Running round my head in a holy fire
Open up the doors, let me feel that zephyr
Freshen up the air underneath the streets
Now I’m locking eyes with a silent stranger
Don’t run, don’t hide

And I can feel the static rising up and out your mouth
We’re making waves of conversation
Got a rush of energy

‘Cause I’m getting high, getting high
I’m getting high on humans
I’m getting high, getting high
I’m getting high on humans

(I’m getting high, getting high, getting high on humans)
(I’m getting high, getting high, getting high on humans)

Elevate the headstrong dead long halo
Caught up in our skin, gotta fight the grind
I can make your day glow sun to rainbow
Colour in your step, let me lose your mind
Animate the air with a stone cold question
Do you have the time? Do you hate your life?
Now I’m locking eyes with a silent stranger
Don’t run, don’t hide

And I can feel the static rising up and out your mouth
We’re making waves of conversation
Got a rush of energy

‘Cause I’m getting high, getting high
I’m getting high on humans
I’m getting high, getting high
I’m getting high on humans
Every time I meet your eyes
I can feel life come alive
And I’m getting high, getting high
I’m getting high on humans

We ride up, we slide up
We won’t stop, we won’t stop
We ride up, we slide up
We won’t stop, no, we won’t stop
We ride up, we slide up
We won’t stop lighting our minds up
We ride up, we slide up
We won’t stop lighting our minds up

‘Cause I’m getting high, getting high
I’m getting high on humans
I’m getting high, getting high
I’m getting high on humans
Every time I meet your eyes
I can feel life come alive
And I’m getting high, getting high
I’m getting high on humans

(I’m getting high, getting high, getting high on humans)
(I’m getting high, getting high, getting high on humans)
Cause I’m getting, getting high on humans

● Oh Wonder – Ultralife (Album 2017)
1. Solo
2. Ultralife
3. Lifetimes
4. High On Humans
5. All About You
6. Heavy
7. Bigger Than Love
8. Heart Strings
9. Slip Away
10. Overgrown
11. My Friends
12. Waste

High On Humans was inspired by a tube journey. On the way back from Heathrow Airport, I eavesdropped on a conversation between two girls who worked in a sunglasses shop at the terminal. They were happily going back and forth discussing their favourite foods. When one girl declared that she didn’t like hot sauce, I rudely interrupted and said, ‘What do you mean you don’t like hot sauce?!’. We then proceeded to have a twenty minute conversation about food, and the three of us exited the carriage high on adrenaline having connected with strangers.

I then went onto another train and chatted to a man who had knocked all his teeth out and was covered in blood. It created a carriage-wide conversation about injuries and operations. Everyone’s mood seemed lifted by this random interaction with the unknown. On the way back home from the station, I sang ‘I’m getting high on humans’ into voice notes on my phone, and sat down with Anthony to fully write it the next day.

This song celebrates the potential to ‘get high’ and feel liberated by talking to strangers. It’s something we all fear, and something we should all do more of…

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