Helplessly Hoping Lyrics - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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by Stephen Stills, Gold Hill

Helplessly hoping
Her harlequin hovers nearby
Awaiting a word
Gasping at glimpses
Of gentle true spirit
He runs, wishing he could fly
Only to trip at the sound of good-bye

Wordlessly watching
He waits by the window
And wonders
At the empty place inside
Heartlessly helping himself to her bad dreams
He worries
Did he hear a good-bye? Or even hello?

They are one person
They are two alone
They are three together
They are four for each other

Stand by the stairway
You'll see something
Certain to tell you confusion has its cost
Love isn't lying
It's loose in a lady who lingers
Saying she is lost
And choking on hello

They are one person
They are two alone
They are three together
They are four for each other

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Beautiful deepness | Reviewer: Juan Jos | 7/30/14

This song is about he loving deeply deeply the woman but she doesn't love him back, she feels kind of sorry for him, not in a bad way, she loves him like "mother-son" kind of love.
Finally, the woman has another man and she's a bit shocked that he is still there for her (choking on hello).
And there it says: "there are one person" (him) "there are two alone" (him and her) "there are three together (him, her and the other man) he doesn't want to loose her.
I dont know, I dont want to explain.
Its about mad mad love but no as it is shown on movies and shiets nowadays, true-heart-mad-real love. A hard to imagine love for most people.

Classic. Crosby, Stills & Nash before Neil Young. | Reviewer: Robzilla White | 5/21/14

Beautiful alliterative American English poetry
Three rock singers going acoustic.
Three part harmony recorded in the Beatles studio
while the Fabs recorded "the White album" across the hall.

Interpretation | Reviewer: Gord | 12/2/13

My wife has a dog that fits the song to a tee. A true Harlequin. Wishes he could fly when they go out for a walk. Confused that he can't go with her to work in the morning so waits at the stairs for her to return. Sure not the intent of this song but works in our house.

CLASSIC POETRY | Reviewer: BJ | 5/26/13

A classic piece of poetry . The magnificent imagery contained within these
lyrics will withstand the test of time. The beautiful harmony delivered by these incredibly talented artists is a gift we should cherish, forever.

pure gold | Reviewer: Chuck | 12/18/12

Tell the Alliteration snob to go listen to his Leonard Cohen or Dylan records and feel superior, not many songs can touch this from a standpoint of sheer prettiness and the lyrics work just fine and bring a lump to my throat.

To "songtraveler" | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/2/12

How many of your songs have delighted, entertained and inspired, millions of people throught the years, HUH?

Maybe you could write one called "Jealous"? And then we can comments on your "talents"

alliteration run rampant | Reviewer: songtraveler | 9/25/12

Steven Stills is lucky not to have written this song.

Far from being "great poetry," these lyrics sound like something a junior high school girl would have come up with just after discovering the poetic device of alliteration in her English class--and the tropes of chivalric love.

In terms of making sense, most lines in the lyrics fail to do so, especially those in the refrain.

So, "Helplessly Hoping" has good harmonies, but silly, pseudo-poetic lyrics.

Song in my dreams... | Reviewer: Michele | 7/6/11

I played this song on my guitar back in the early 70's and never spent time trying to understand the lyrics - until now.. Had a dream and this song was in my dream...very peaceful and contentment moment in my dream. Everything is just as it should be - right now.

Credits | Reviewer: Gary Greenwood | 2/8/11

Steven Stills never wrote a word of this song. He bought it from "Joey "Gold Hill" Richards. Joey Richards and I,Gary Greenwood actually wrote this song! So please give credit where credit is due! Thank You so much! At least you got Gold Hill correct.

Possibly another song about Judy Collins | Reviewer: Robert Koenn | 5/6/10

Knowing of Judy and Steve's long term but sometimes tempestuous relationship this could be another song primarily written with her in mind. This quote was given when asked about their relationship. Well, there are three things men can do with women: love them, suffer for them, or turn them into literature." It is indicative of so many relationships between men and women. When they are working good they are great but then there are the rough times. And finally there are those couples that are madly in love and yet cannot be in each others presence for any extended period of time. But the lyrics are amazing while being somewhat haunting with the play on counting and everything else.

"Or even Hello" | Reviewer: Brian Kienert | 4/4/10

This is one of my favorite sad songs of all time. It's not a love song really at all, at least not in the traditional sense. It's a beautifully told tragedy of a man who is just beginning to see a painful reality. "Stand by the stairway You'll see something Certain to tell you confusion has its cost". Feeling very foolish, he sees the final pieces of the puzzle fall into place, "Only to trip at the sound of good-bye". The comfort of his own denial is shattered as painful images and a double heartbreaking truth slowly begins to crush him. "Wordlessly watching He waits by the window
And wonders At the empty place inside Heartlessly helping himself to her bad dreams...", as he comes to a series of bitter realizations. He knows the women he loves is in love with someone else, "Love isn't lying It's loose in a lady" in love with another man, "who lingers...", because she feels trapped, "Saying she is lost And choking on hello", it downs on him during this awkward encounter that she is probably leaving him. "He worries
Did he hear a good-bye?". And the most painful thing of all to him is the realization that she might have never really loved him at all. "Or even hello?"

Nurtured by hope. | Reviewer: Goldenholds | 2/14/10

I think this song is not about lovers who realize that they can not be together even though they're love is genuine, it's about lovers who realize they're love is real even though they are apart, and that they are together as one regardless of the circumstances or confusion that keep them apart from each other. Some lovers are together, some are apart, but neither makes their love less than the other or more than the other. As far as love is concerned, it is love and love only that matters.

The Earth is the Right Place for love | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/9/09

I think it paints a perfect picture of the struggle between two lovers who ultimately find that although their love is genuine they realize that love is not always enough to keep them together and that ultimately find themselves saying goodbye. Love the word play on the counting!

Inspired by Picasso? | Reviewer: paul | 6/21/09

I am convinced that this song was inspired by a painting by Picasso which hangs in the National Gallery in Washington D.C.: "Family of Saltimbanques". This haunting painting of a family of circus performers has a lovely lady seated on the ground and looking off to the sea? She is quite contained and seems in a world of her own. On the left stands the rest of the family with the harlequin facing awaybut turning his head to profile. Some say that Picasso painted himself as the harlequin. Anyway the painting is full of the mystery of human relationships as is the song. If you love this song like I do, you will probably be interested to google this painting and have a look for yourself. Even better if you are in the D.C. area, go to the museum and see it. It is a huge painting and covers a whole wall as I remember.

Amazingly beautiful | Reviewer: Jose Arraiza | 9/14/08

This is one of the most beautiful songs I have heard. Geat poetry... the images of love between a man and a woman, the anxiety and anticipation of hello and the nostalgic and blue goodbyes. Minimalistic, simple, one guita, four amazing voices and an unforgetably, clasic, universal song of love.

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