Meaning of “High Hopes” by Panic! at the Disco

“High Hopes” by Panic! at the Disco is a song whose lyrics center on the inspirational themes of optimism and hope. The song is about chasing after the lofty dreams you’ve set for yourself regardless of the obstacles that stand in your way and actually grabbing these dreams.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Panic! at the Disco's High Hopes at

The term “high hopes” in itself refers to the situation where one hopes and expects that a good thing will eventually come to pass.

Why Brendon Urie wrote this song

Shortly after the song’s release, the lead singer of Panic! at the Disco Brendon Urie explained why he penned this song.

Speaking with the streaming service Topsify, Urie said he wrote this song because he wanted the world to know about the dreams he had as a child to make it big in the music industry. According to him, his achieving of this cherished dream of his is what the song is all about.

High Hopes lyrics

Facts about “High Hopes”

  • Brendon Urie co-wrote this track with 8 other songwriters, including American musician and record producer Jake Sinclair.
  • Sinclair produced this track along with fellow American producer Jonas Jeberg. It should be mentioned that Jeberg also co-wrote the track.
  • “High Hopes” was released on May 23, 2018. It is the second single and fourth track from Panic! at the Disco’s sixth studio album titled Pray for the Wicked.
  • Urie was the only remaining official member of Panic! at the Disco when this song was released.
  • This inspirational tune reached the 17th position on the UK Singles Chart. On the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, it currently sits at number 56.


The official music video for “High Hopes” (shown above) came out on August 27, 2018. In the video’s description on YouTube, Urie wrote a brief statement encouraging people to never give up on their dreams. Below are the exact words of inspiration Urie attached to the clip:

Brendon Urie's words of inspiration

He is basically saying that regardless of how hard your aspirations and goals might seem, just keep going. You’ll be glad you did at the end of the day when the dreams come to fruition. That’s basically the message contained in the lyrics of “High Hopes”.

10 Responses

  1. nick says:

    this song is the best in the world

  2. Nilam says:

    Thank you for making this article you help me

  3. Melina says:

    could you do the meaning of the whole album “pray for the wicked”?
    It would really help, just like this article did!

  4. Student says:

    Im doing this for class this song sucks

  5. savagejeff6 says:

    thx this is helpful gotta pass socioolgy also add me on tiktok @savagejeff6

  6. hannah says:

    love this song can’t get it out of my head

  7. Ang says:

    What does the line “All tied up. No more love. I hate to see you waiting.” mean?

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