Steve Winwood - Back In The High Life Again Lyrics

It used to seem to me
That my life ran on too fast
And I had to take it slowly
Just to make the good parts last
But when you're born to run
It's so hard to just slow down
So don't be surprised to see me
Back in that bright part of town

I'll be back in the high life again
All the doors I closed one time will open up again
I'll be back in the high life again
All the eyes that watched me once will smile and take me in

And I'll drink and dance with one hand free
Let the world back into me
And on I'll be a sight to see
Back in the high life again

You used to be the best
To make life be life to me
And I hope that you're still out there
And you're like you used to be
We'll have ourselves a time
And we'll dance 'til the morning sun
And we'll let the good times come in
And we won't stop 'til we're done

We'll be back in the high life again
All the doors I closed one time will open up again
We'll be back in the high life again
All the eyes that watched us once will smile and take us in
And we'll drink and dance with one hand free
And have the world so easily
And oh we'll be a sight to see
Back in the high life again

We'll be back in the high life again
All the doors I closed one time will open up again
We'll be back in the high life again
All the eyes that watched us once will smile and take us in
And we'll drink and dance with one hand free
And have the world so easily
And oh we'll be a sight to see
Back in the high life again

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  1. brendan mccormack

    I own all of Steve Winwood’s shit, you should know this

  2. Francisca oliveira alves

    Amo essa música! Amo você!

  3. TomG Gabin

    I used to think that this was sung by Peter Gabriel, but then I realized that it is far too normal a song to be a Gabriel hit. Read: Normal is something that isn't wacko.

  4. Rhonda Coates

    This song is getting me through a rough time right now, pray for me
    Now this is boat music

  5. jguerr562

    "All the doors that closed one time will open up again" - poetry

  6. Maybe O'.

    I had a random dream where I was hugging my not well dad, and this song was playing the while..weird. Love you dad.

  7. Ralph Stenger


  8. Josue2018

    background vocals: James Taylor. What a combo!!!

  9. Brad Agee

    I just searched this for Always Sunny comments (not disappointed) and now I find myself unable to turn it off. Good shit. And boat music, indeed.

  10. Cary sherrill

    I was drinking miller highlit when I first herd this song

  11. y tho

    I love that my dad introduced me to him :)

  12. Matthew Davis

    Used to feel like used to be the best to make life be life to me and I hope that you're still out there and you're like you used to be...her name was Nicole Wendell...

    Matthew Davis

    It was 1989 & I was 18 had just struck out on my did she...

  13. Kim May

    Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith...solo career. An amazing talent.

  14. evelyn baron

    I was so busy in the '80s; Madonna was on the horizon and David Bowie and the stuff that came out of my radio was radically curtailed but somehow this song got through. The one thing people don't perhaps know is how young Steve Winwood was … he was what, 13? and a brother would drop him off and pick him up again because he was so young but Gimme Some Loving and something else iconic came from that early time. Someone to be honoured.

  15. Scott Mcclaflin

    It's always sunny in Philadelphia lol

  16. Chris Lancio

    Always sunny?

  17. NotMarkKnopfler

    Now folks, listen to this song once again and listen to and concentrate on the drums/percussion. Ladies and gentlemen that is the genius that is Steve Gadd.

  18. Ellia Hode Eshye

    Chai life

  19. David Brooks

    Great song!

  20. 311Lebowski

    If you're drinking a High Life and listening to this - chug!

  21. ziewknihtewza

    I can’t NOT dance like a tube person now everytime i hear this song

  22. Rickey Mitchell

    I'm here sing it steve

  23. mo hansen

    My song when I'm drinking high life's lol

  24. sqlcomp

    Thumbs down?? People have no class!

  25. Julie Dove

    Steve started playing with his Dad and his brother when he was 8. His Dad had to turn the piano round to hide him as he was underage. Steve played in a real band at 14. Truly a legend. His voice is epic.

    Terri Mrazek

    Wow... !!!!

  26. dyrectory com

    November 26 2019..... oh the 80s... what a decade of amazing music! 🎵 ❤️

    Petra Stoop

    on this day I celebrated my 50th birthday! Great memories from my awesome youth in the eighties!

    dyrectory com

    @Petra Stoop Happy Birthday!

    dyrectory com

    p.s. The movies from the 80s were special too... Goonies, Gremlins, ET., Back to the Future, The Breakfast Club, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, etc.


    Anyone else notice this beautiful music Sounds like free falling by Tom Petty?

  28. Friend Of David

    Who is the girl in the video with him?

  29. IrishnPNW

    I lost my brother, Kerry, in September 2019 and am still getting over the shock. Too soon, to words..... I had always thought I would play this for him if he ever left this planet before any of us...OH, SWEET KERFRAN!!! I HOPE YOU ARE BACK IN THE HILIFE AGAIN.....I know you are....please send me an angel to whisper in my ear you are happy and with all our family in heaven.... and bless all of you reading this....bless you...happy holidays for 2019 and on.... hugs all around....

    Terri Mrazek

    Oh... you are so Kind* In all your sadness. you selflessly wished everyone Blessings* Blessings to you also* Look into the Stars* he's twinkling.. just for you*


    @Terri Mrazek Thank you...many soft hugs and strong prayers to you for being so kind to take the time to write .....

  30. donna br0wn


  31. R Reeser

    I've heard this song a million times but i never fully appreciated it until the lyrics related to events in my life.

  32. Mark Howard

    Never was a huge fan of this, but it's growing on me after listening to Warren Zevon's version. Zevon's take on this is amazing!

  33. Cristina Alves

    Ai meu Deus. Amo essa música.😍😍😍

  34. keep on rollin 79

    Thousand people need to go back to their fkn low strung out low ball paying hooker $5 for hand job life.

  35. Mikey_Suze Four

    *Back In The High Life Again...*

  36. Stephen Crilly

    I was born in 2000 and I have this weird nostalgic feeling listening to the music of the time, Born in the wrong time perhaps?

    Terri Mrazek

    You are perhaps.. an Old Soul*... enjoy the Journey!!

  37. John Umile

    Great song. My favorite by Steve Winwood. Still listening to it in 2019!! Great voice.

  38. koukis14

    Dennis Reynolds told me to come here

  39. Kevin Madden

    Free fallin' anyone?

  40. jez thandi

    I will put it in the same category as "The way it is" as one one of those Great songs that was apart of your life and still resonates today! Nobody today will ever produce something as Great as this!!

  41. jez thandi

    March/April in Sri Lanka in 1987 and loved it then and is still one of my favourite sonds ever!!!

  42. Todd Miller The early yrs..

  43. Anthony Vaughan

    A COME BACK !!!!

  44. Michael Flowers

    Starting my Saturday Morning, in love with life!

  45. chrissleeping65

    I'm here because of the Implications

  46. Jesus

    This song really hits me. It was early 90's living in Idaho... my darkest days., there is this little Town called Gooding. The train track at the end of town, remember the little store on the right, everything like in the video with the train stops lights... pretty damn nostalgic.

  47. barack says

    I own all of Steve Winwood's shit.

  48. Tammy Leeder Whitaker

    I'll be back in the high life again..... Published on the 27th.2011.✌️🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷1111.

  49. Joe Guy

    One of the last "cool" white guys with low-key soul. Underrated bop

  50. G C

    Who's sick and tired of whos here questions?

  51. sgtpep5

    This video was shot in Manassas Virginia.. Same train station Stephen Still Band was standing for the cover shot of his "Manassas" album... Steve's voice is one of a kind...One of the greats for sure..

  52. TapesnCartridges

    Just finished 12 Miller High Lifes and this song came to mind. 80s rule!

  53. Shaboi_Mike

    Five star music for five star people

  54. Geoffrey Jonathan Wilson

    Great artist!

  55. uscustomzauto

    James Taylor back up vocals completes this song.

  56. Lynettjames

    I ndo love this man. SO sexy!!! Still think he has the look about him of Jeremy Vine. Both GORGEOUS!!! I just LOVE this song. AND the video which goes so well with it. Excellent piece of craftmanship to put it all together so brilliantly. Well done to whomsoever achieved this masterpiece

  57. Neil D

    How did we get from this to Justin Beiber?

  58. Kira


  59. soulassassin0g

    Drinking a Miller High Life while listening to this right now.

    Crazy Dazy

    The Champagne of Beers 🍻


    Busch here.


    Get a second one and you'll be back in the high life again


    @Crazy Dazy For the champagne of people.

    Gary Pulliam

    Miller High Life is surprisingly good. And I love to listen to this music when I'm drinking one.

  60. David Robinson

    2nd known of songs of Steve Winwood, Will buy more

  61. Thaís Evangelista Ramos


  62. Joe Sawyer

    Trumps re-election song...

  63. Og Scherm

    I got a steve winwood cd in my car

  64. 104thDIVTimberwolf

    In the Air Force, newly married, and with a newborn son. He's 33 now and I miss him so much it hurts.

  65. hope kikundwa

    2019 yeaaaaaa

  66. King Okwabi

    New York city 1993.

  67. 50srefugee

    "All the doors I closed one time...." Be damned careful about that, people. Close too many of them, and not only will they never open again, they'll cease to exist, and you will be surrounded by walls of your making.

  68. kyrie41686

    I was a baby when this came out but I heard it a lot on the radio when I was little

  69. TigerAudioInc

    I love the story about how Billy Joey crashed your hotel, or apt in NYC and you answered the door while he was combing his hair and he just left the comb there. Before he was a household name.....and you were totally cool with that kid. That is a great story.

  70. Joolo

    This can cure a depression

  71. Moe Yonkin

    Anyone in the High life in 2019? I sure as hell am.

  72. siskavard

    get it cuz he high

  73. Jim Lassen

    Love this track and the whole album. Remember playing Stevie's Arc of a Diver LP on a cassette in my Mini car whilst traveling to Wales for my friends Wedding many decades ago. Very happy memories of that trip with SW sounds in the background.
    This High Life LP was his best I think and I have met Steve at his Oxford based Solid State Logic 4000 console studio in 1987 when I wired it all up. Lovely chap and great songs (also heard him on his Hammond Organ at the time (wow).

  74. Steven Davies

    Great song for Lucian's ending, see y'all on the range!

  75. Hamma Swingah

    The tone of this song always felt sad to me. Like the dreaming loser lamenting about who he used to be and how someday if he ever gets another shot he'll be back on top again. But he won't and everyone but him knows it. Like a boxer who never made it and is too old now, or a gambler who just needs a lucky streak to get back in the big game in the back room. But it's a truly wonderful song.

  76. Georgie

    Steve's voiced coupled with James Taylor's is perfect

  77. Mario Abate


  78. The DANGEROUS TRUTH band

    This has a similarity to Throwing it all Away by Genesis... Not that it matters, both great songs!

  79. SwankBanker

    Definitely a boomer song!

  80. James Scadron

    chick chickity ficky ficky wieners

  81. Chief Crow & The FLAT EARTHWORMS

    Corn dogs for everyone

  82. Greenstone35

    One of my favourites of Steve Winwood - such a gorgeous voice!! 😀

  83. John Jordan

    james taylor with some killer harmony. so good.

  84. simon fazio

    Hey, I agree with "Lucky Lucky" 30 years ago.....Cottage country, Lawn Darts, and a box of beer!

    simon fazio

    Heym,,,,I do Brother,,,,I just do it in the Carribe on the beach.....

    simon fazio

    Hey, I hear you Snowbird.....I feel the same today as then......

  85. y tho

    my dad made me listen to this in the car all the time when I was little xD


    *_I love this song too, and I'm probably the same age as your dad, but in MY naked 20/20 vision eyes, YOUR DAD IS A BULLY!_*

    y tho

    @SnowbirdFlock lmao

  86. Yodesly

    Same chord progression in the verse as “Free Fallin” and this came out way before. Just sayin.

  87. Kia Marvin

    This song always bring me to tears..i wish I can go back to the good ol days

  88. Darrell Harris

    thanks fer the 80s in okc i was tn my 20s lots of partys an good times i miss the 80s

  89. Marl sha

    Love this song

  90. Simon W

    I was 17 when this came out, still trying to find my place in the world, trying to understand girls, drinking beer when I shouldn't have been... I played the album so much. Thanks Stevie x
    PS and here I am at 50 still trying to do all those things 😂

  91. Jock Shearer

    Too my good friend Jan thanks for this.x

  92. donamick


  93. Anthony Gironda

    Steve Winwood & James Taylor did this.

  94. TheFixer

    I can hear the nashville part of his life creeping out in this song....

  95. 15seconds99

    For Stobie Hobie

  96. Brett Gregory

    He's determined to get high ... again, regardless of the shame within the local community.

  97. The Bass is Loaded

    Some guy I work with brought me here looking for "back in the time of the wind" by Bill Collin.

  98. Mac Gotti

    Dope describes my rhymes, making all you MCS cold drop like dimes. You know MCSC is back again, and battling me on the microphone is like committing a sin.

    I saw a G.

    I've seen it all.

    Scott/MCSC/Mac Gotti