When I Get Low, I Get High

Does this song mean that when she gets "low" (sad, depressed), she gets the strength to pull herself up and get "high".

Or, does it mean she feels better by taking alcohol and drugs? 

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"Original" version: 

Chick Webb & his Orchestra Ella Fitzgerald - When I Get Low I Get High 1936


  1. She is finding herself somewhere she should not be. Drugs and alcohol are detours.

  2. Could mean anything these days - times and thinking have sure changed by people.
    Nice 2 videos.
    Take care.

  3. Same thing was said about "Rocky Mountain High" by John Denver. Of course, if you read the lyrics, there is no doubt of his was nature all the way that gave him that HIGH!
    Funny thing about music, you can take different meanings from it, whether or not it was meant that from the lyrics as first written. OR you can take the music and put different lyrics to it. I hope you have heard the song "Bethelemian Rhapsody" where someone changed the lyrics to "Bohemian Rhapsody." I think it is just marvelous.

  4. i think can go different for different people

    i find peace more when i am low which sounds weird i even to me :)

  5. Hmm... My guess would be drugs and alcohol!


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