High Road

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"High Road"
Album-The Rising Tied.jpg
Song by Fort Minor from the album The Rising Tied
Recorded 2005
Released November 22, 2005
Format Digital, CD, Vinyl
Length 3:16
Live debut October 29, 2005
Last played September 8, 2015
Writer Mike Shinoda
Producer Mike Shinoda
Label Machine Shop Recordings, Warner Bros. Records

The Rising Tied track listing
  1. Introduction
  2. Remember The Name (Feat. Styles Of Beyond)
  3. Right Now (Feat. Black Thought and Styles Of Beyond)
  4. Petrified
  5. Feel Like Home (Feat. Styles Of Beyond)
  6. Where'd You Go (Feat. Holly Brook and Jonah Matranga)
  7. In Stereo
  8. Back Home (Feat. Common and Styles Of Beyond)
  9. Cigarettes
  10. Believe Me (Feat. Styles Of Beyond and Eric Bobo)
  11. Get Me Gone
  12. High Road (Feat. John Legend)
  13. Kenji
  14. Red To Black (Feat. Jonah Matranga, Kenna and Styles Of Beyond)
  15. The Battle (Feat. Celph Titled)
  16. Slip Out The Back (Feat. Mr. Hahn)


In late 2006, Clear Channel Music posted the entire The Rising Tied album complete with commentaries from Mike Shinoda before each song.[1] On "High Road", he said, "‘High Road’ is one of those songs, that I… it just makes me happy. Like it just sounds like a good time to me, sounds like a party. I love playing it live. When we play… when Fort Minor plays shows live, we play… I put together a band of three string players, three backup singers, drummer and a DJ, and it’s me, and Styles Of Beyond on the mic, it’s just a… it’s just a good time and this is one of those songs that I love to play."

The chorus on "High Road" was originally sung by Mike himself, but he thought John Legend's voice would sound better than his and sent him the track to see if he liked it and wanted to sing it. He liked the song and sent it back with his vocals right away. They did not meet to record together according to John.[2] The two had met when Mike went to see a John Legend and Alicia Keyes show in Los Angeles.[3]

Mike said, "I limited the guests to people I already knew. I think the only person I cold-called about the project was John Legend, simply because I really like his voice."[4]

"Petrified" and "High Road" were among some of the last songs finished for the album.[5]


Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
High Road The Rising Tied 3:16 2005 November 22, 2005
  • Features vocals by John Legend.
High Road The Rising Tied (Non-PA Version) 3:16 2005 November 22, 2005
  • Different vocal take.
  • Different lyrics.
High Road Instrumental Album: The Rising Tied 3:17 2005
  • Official instrumental version.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
High Road (Live) Sessions@AOL 3:28 November 02, 2005 July 18, 2006


"High Road" debuted at Fort Minor's show at MySpace's 2nd Anniversary Party, where it was performed as the second-to-last song in the set. The song remained in this spot for all of its performances until the Asian Tour, where it moved down to the third-to-last song. Eric Bobo joined the band on drums for performances of the song during the group's U.S. Tour in early 2006. "High Road" returned when Fort Minor made its comeback with "Welcome" in 2015. The song didn't feature a new remix like several other songs did, and instead was just performed as its studio version. The song was performed at the end of the main set.

"High Road" returned at the very end of Mike's Post Traumatic Asian Tour at the tour's last stop in Singapore. The band rehearsed it at soundcheck earlier in the day as reported by fans as and as posted by Dan Mayo on his Instagram story. During the show, Mike said it was requested by the band's long-time tour manager Jim Digby. The song was only played a handful of times afterward. During Mike's second night in Tel Aviv, Jim Digby joined Mike on stage for the song.

Live Guests

Fort Minor

Last Updated: September 14, 2016

  • Eric Bobo

Mike Shinoda

Last Updated: May 3, 2020

  • Jim Digby



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