"High As A Kite" is the third track from The Black Album. It was released on February 21, 2019 alongside the fourth track, "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 :
The music video was directed by Nathan Presley. 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