Album: Grey Ghost (1979)
Charted: 107

Songfacts®:

  • Henry Paul wrote this song about no particular woman, but a type of woman in particular. He says it's about women who are beautiful on the outside, but completely self-abosrbed - the polar opposite of the girl in his song "Lonely Dreamer." Says Paul, " I saw that girl in my mind when we wrote that. She was somewhat a fortunate child with low marks in character. She looks like everybody's dream girl, but acts like the biggest self-absorbed person on the planet. It's just one of those things where you see the girl in her uptown getup, but she's just looking out for herself. Unfortunately I've met a lot of women that are high on looks and low on character. High maintenance pains. I love pretty girls as much as the next man. As a matter of fact, I buy completely into Don Henley's assertion that women are the only work of art. I live by that one. Don Henley sang, 'Don't you know that women are the only work of art, driving with their eyes closed.' Oh man, when I heard that, it hit me right square between the eyes. I love that line. And women are. I mean, God, look at you - the female form is beautiful. And if you're chewed up with it like me, it's everything."
  • This song is also about putting someone on a pedestal, but feeling that you're not good enough for them, and getting knocked flat. "I just love that song," says Paul. "I love that song. 'High above the others,' it's just like putting people on pedestals. She's manipulative. 'All of the angels in hell couldn't stop her running, and looking back I could see she was foolin' me, foolin' me.' It's like she was somewhat manipulative and somewhat deceitful, but because she stepped right off the pages of some high fashion magazine, she's a real beautiful girl and she got away with it." (Check out our interview with Henry Paul. For more, go to www.blackhawkmusic.us.)

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