Bruce Springsteen posted an announcement on his official website, heralding the release of “High Hopes” on November 26. There’s no word as to whether this is a one-off single, or from a forthcoming album.
“High Hopes” is familiar to Springsteen die-hards; he previously recorded it for the Blood Brothers EP, which was released in 1996 along with the film of the same name, which documented Springsteen’s brief mid-’90s reunion with the E Street Band. (The EP was included with the VHS of the documentary.)
According to Backstreets, the song was originally recorded by Tim Scott McConnell in 1987; he later re-recorded it with his band the Havalinas in 1990. It was included in some of Springsteen’s set lists at his recent tour of Australia; Springsteen was rumored to have spent some time in the studio during that leg of the tour (which featured Tom Morello filling in for Steven Van Zandt on guitar).
— Brian Ives, Radio.com