According to Harpers lead singer Ted Templeman, "High Coin" is "the highlight, to me, of the whole Harpers thing...." He's not far off in this statement. This fabulous Van Dyke Parks ballad uses wordplay and free association to convey his feelings about fame, success, money, and perhaps other things. He does this with such ease and in such an entertaining fashion that you may not get what he's saying until after a few listens -- sort of like subliminal advertising. Musically, it is classically influenced, with a gentle, almost Bach-inspired melody that is both comforting and thoughtful at the same time. Great songwriting: no doubt. Highlight of the "whole Harpers thing": very possibly.