I Wanna Get You High

from Look What You Made Me Do (2012) by Mailbox



With this album and this song in particular I wanted to make my tunes more immediate, more impulsive, and less meticulous. So not only was the music for this song more pared down than usual but I even addressed in the lyrics my own tendency to not just let things happen.

The title for this one came to me while watching Tosh.0 of all things. I don't even remember what video he was snarking on but as soon as he said the line I knew I had to write a song with that title.


You’re always so excited when you get a little extra time
That said I’ll bet you wouldn’t know what to do you with yourself (anyway)
You hit the mark and Bob Barker offered you a trip to anywhere
You tarried now Drew Carey’s calling you every day

You always get down (down) when your folks come around (well, sure)
When they leave you just believe that they had someplace they had to run
What’s it tell you that some old-timers’d rather hit the early bird
Bet your bippy that they’re hip enough to know they gotta make the fun
You say you’re getting by
Oh, I wanna get you high

Your cat knows something and she’s wishing that you had a clue
You let you her out and never doubt she stays within the garden wall
She’s not worried that you’re buried to your eyeballs in someone new
She taken to raking through the catnip to forget it all
You say you’re getting by
Oh, I wanna get you high

Green people came from Jupiter to take you to a higher plane
You could follow thee to jollity and come back with some tales to tell
It’s your birthday but with this and that you’d rather just stay home tonight
You shouldn’t, but you wouldn’t know a party if it rang your bell
Nah, that ain’t getting by
I wanna get you high


from Look What You Made Me Do (2012), released February 29, 2012


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Adam Rabin Burlington

Where Prog Rock meets Geek Rock. Adam Rabin is a Vermont songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has also played with Elephants of Scotland, Mailbox, and musical improv troupe She Thicc. You can also hear Adam’s music on the podcasts: Improvised Weapons, Improv Overdrive, What The Hell Are You Watching, and Vermont Favorites. ... more

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