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Mickey Avalon (feat. Katy Perry)
Written by Mickey Avalon
Katy Perry

"High and the Lows" (also known as "Highs With the Lows") is a song by Mickey Avalon and Katy Perry. The two shared in-common a strict religious background. The song received airplay only once due to its controversial lyrics when Mickey Avalon was a guest on the radio show Loveline on KRQQ. This song is not registered on Katy Perry's ASCAP or BMI.

Background and inspiration

The song drew inspiration by using imaginary calls to a Christian help hot-line. The issues dealed with were abuse (religious, physical, sexual etc.), drug addiction, and violence. The final verse is thought to be a statement on hope, with the boy turning into a Therapist, thus breaking the cycle. The song is seen as a statement about Christian hypocrisy.

Lyrics

[Katy Perry]:
You gotta take the highs with the lows
Sometimes its just how it goes
And when your down to nothing at all
Its always predictable
Postpone your broken dreams
While flipping through the pages of a magazine
You gotta take the highs with the lows

[Mickey Avalon]:
Preacher Mcgrath was always eager to ask
Why his mother rubbed her hands
Beneath his pants at mass
and if he missed a prayer he best beware her wrath
'Cause moms would whip his a** to keep him on the path
To the son and the father plus the holy ghost
Run for cover or she bust his nose
Behind closed doors he dressed in hookers clothes
and shoot *** on his catechism
Listen close
One day he got married to a bird named Peresphone
Who died giving birth to his only child Stephanie
Whose destiny was flawed,
undeserved because God made her father a filthy perv

[Katy Perry]:
You gotta take the highs with the lows
Sometimes its just how it goes
And when your down to nothing at all
Its always predictable
Postpone your broken dreams
While flipping through the pages of a magazine
You gotta take the highs with the lows

[Mickey Avalon]:
Little Steph used to be so innocent
Now she never slept from all the crystal meth
Her papa was a preacher so she knew the good book
And when he tucked her into bed,
he fondled the nook
but baby look good in the Honda Accord
with the chest pressed up against the dashboard
A pocket full of cash and a bottle of coors
Rev the throttle hit the gas and nash on the floor
Toward the end of the night
Steph would go to score
and when the dealer dished it out she hit him up for more
A bag of skittle for the baby while Steph gets crazy
From a shot to the neck
hot we and hazy
Lady of the Eve maybe shed be in better health
If her father learned to keep his hands to himself

[Katy Perry]:
You gotta take the highs with the lows
Sometimes its just how it goes
And when your down to nothing at all
Its always predictable
Postpone your broken dreams
While flipping through the pages of a magazine
You gotta take the highs with the lows

[Mickey Avalon]:
Norm was born to Stephanie in '73
He became a therapist real swift with the ladies
As a baby he was brought to cop with moms
He got his face filled with candy while she marked her arms
A long shot from the start but the kid was smart
He would hit the books while the other hit the yard
He started breaking hearts back in Junior High
'Cause Norm could stop 'em dead in their tracks with his eyes
Fiercely piercing past their thighs and into the stars
Hello, goodbye
College was a breeze got A's and B's and never missed a single party
He opened up his practice in the deep deep south
and helped damaged debutantes ease their woes on his couch

[Katy Perry]:
You gotta take the highs with the lows
Sometimes its just how it goes
And when your down to nothing at all
Its always predictable
Postpone your broken dreams
While flipping through the pages of a magazine
You gotta take the highs with the lows

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