The song was written by Tim Scott in 1987, and released on his debut album, “The High Lonesome Sound”. The song was used in the low budget film, Slamdance. High Hopes was released on the Slamdance soundtrack as well as a 12″ promotional single.
Bruce’s version of High Hopes is the same version as was recorded for the film documentary Blood Brothers in 1995. It was completed and mixed for release on the Blood Brothers CD EP that was packaged with the VHS release of the movie in 1996. The Japan release included a small long-box (the same size as a VHS tape) with a 2 disc package of 3 inch CD’s with the 5 tracks off the EP.
High Hopes was released on the Blood Brothers DVD on January 16, 2001, with the 12 inch laser disc format coming nearly two months prior.
High Hopes was played at sound check and added to the setlist both days prior to it’s first public performance. High Hopes made its world premiere on March 16, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia and was performed at most shows in the following two weeks.
This version of High Hopes is partially rearranged from Bruce’s original recording and features fantastic conga work by Everett Bradley as well as an interesting guitar solo from Tom Morello.