Made available as a free download on their official site on Dec. 21, 2009, "The High Road" is the debut single of Broken Bells, a collaboration project between Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and James Mercer (The Shins).
According to the The High Road Songfacts, the song juxtaposes an uplifting melodic chorus with a depressing lyric about not knowing if the dead can talk, or even not knowing if you're alive.
You're bound to wait all night, she's bound to run amok
Invested enough in it anyhow to each his own
The garden is so dim now, she curls her lips on a bar
I don't know if you're dead or not, if you're anyone