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Damn Yankees – High Enough (Uprising Tour 1992)

Published on June 9, 2018

 

High Enough” is a song by American supergroup Damn Yankees from their self-titled debut album.

It is their most successful single in terms of chart position and sales, rising to No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, the group’s first (and only) top-ten pop single. It also reached No. 2 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The success of “High Enough” helped send its parent album into the Top 20 on the US albums chart.

According to songwriter and co-lead vocalist Jack Blades:

‘High Enough’ was about how you love someone so much and you just don’t want to scare them away. And it’s like, do I take the next step? And then she freaks out when you go, ‘I love you.’ And it’s like, ‘What!?!? I’m outta here!’ And you’re, ‘Wait a minute! Come back!’ But then the girl comes back, because in the bridge it’s, (singing) ‘The next thing I remember I was running back for more.’ You know how you get scared at first when you fall in love, and everybody freaks out, and that can’t be right. And then you go, Wait a minute, this is great, let’s forget about the past. Can you fly me over yesterday? Can you take me high enough to fly me over yesterday?

The music video was filmed on location in River Ridge, Louisiana and depicts a young drifter and his girlfriend who commit a series of robberies. However, their last one appears to have far more serious consequences as they become the targets of a manhunt by the local police. It is implied, but not specifically shown, that the drifter may have committed murder. The girlfriend is captured, but the drifter escapes and is cornered in his home by the police, who shoot the house full of bullets. The police invade the house, but the drifter’s fate is unclear (Possibly, death during the Gunfire). The girlfriend is given the death penalty and at the video’s slowing end is being read her last rites by a priest while she is being led out of her cell to the execution chamber. As the video ends, the priest is revealed to be Ted Nugent.

Damn Yankees was the self-titled debut album by the band. It is also notable for being the album that revived the career of guitarist Ted Nugent. It was certified double platinum in the US and featured such chart-topping hits as “High Enough”, “Come Again”, and “Coming of Age”.

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