Harpers Bizarre

High Coin

Composed by Van Dyke Parks

Song Review by

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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Anything Goes 1967 Rhino / Warner Bros. 2:33
Feelin' Groovy [Compilation] 1997 Warner Bros. 2:28
Platinum Collection 2006 Warner Platinum 2:28
blue highlight denotes editor's pick