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Crosby, Stills & Nash — Helplessly Hoping
Album: Crosby, Stills & Nash
Avg rating:
8.4

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Total ratings: 1517









Released: 1970
Length: 2:36
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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 goodbye

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 goodbye?
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
Comments (199)add comment
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Ah, so you're the guy who doesn't like CSN(Y).
How adorable. 
 


   He's NOT !
   3

    
That harmony is unmistakable
One of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard Still brings a tear to my eyes after all these years 10
thanks Bro Bill
Another song GN sang at Ally Pally, London - still soooooo good after toooo many years
It's  the best american  music , i love them 
political corekt in this exciting Times 
This is the first time I've ever heard this song on headphones. It was already amazing... this even better. 
Une harmonie magnifique. Chanson intemporelle et immortelle.
In general I do like to disparage the musical opinions of others. . . BUT . . . I have to concede that I agree with this comment 100%!  I had this on vinyl, 8-track, cassette, cd, iPod, and would take it to heaven, but I'm pretty certain God already has an original cut. 

Will62 wrote:
If you consider any rating above "6" to be a pass mark, 92 out of 1000+ correspondents do not know shit from clay.
Good to know this site is populated by so many discerning folk.
"10" without any consideration required.
 

This song still gives me chills each time I hear it. Love love this song. 
Heavenly !
Once owned a Gold audiophile Vinyl Version of DejaVu~~~
What I wouldn't do to have it back ! 
 Proclivities wrote:
That must really be an awful movie then. 
 
Ah, so you're the guy who doesn't like CSN(Y).
How adorable. 
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Used recently in the Natalie Portman movie Annihilation.
The song is better than the movie, in my humble.
 
That must really be an awful movie then.  
So amazing to discover this so long ago and be reminded at the amazement so many years later.  The voices just blended perfectly and the musical drive and creativity behind them was beautiful.
I will always stop whatever I am doing and stare off into the distance during this song. 
Used recently in the Natalie Portman movie Annihilation.
The song is better than the movie, in my humble.
Can a song actual be perfect? 
Is there any other song that makes this kind of use of alliteration?  I can't think of any.
 LinThizzy wrote:
This music brings tear to my eyes.  The defining CSN for me. 10/10/10/10/10
 
Me too!
Busily working with RP in the background, then this. Full Stop. Drink in the sweet harmonies. Work can wait.
This song took me
from puberty to
old
manerty
{#Bananajam}
If you consider any rating above "6" to be a pass mark, 92 out of 1000+ correspondents do not know shit from clay.
Good to know this site is populated by so many discerning folk.
"10" without any consideration required.
This music brings tear to my eyes.  The defining CSN for me. 10/10/10/10/10
A solid 10.  Chills throughout the entire song.
And when you listen, you can tell they didn't over-mix, over-produce the vocals. That's the real McCoy. Those are real voices harmonizing, not a sound board.      
PSD'd from Alanis Morrissette; from the ridiculous to the sublime.
Last play Jan 25?
Let's get this gorgeous classic back in regular rotation!
beautiful
Still Godlike to me.
{#Wave}Outstanding harmonies. imho even better than Simon and Garfunkel. There hasn't been a band to surpass this sound in my lifetime. Thanks for playing this one!
 pinem wrote:
A top ten song of all-time on a top ten album of all-time. Timeless

 
I agree totally, one of the first albums I ever purchased after outgrowing the Monkees.  Then I bought the cassette tape, then the cd and finally the latest release from last year live.  Timeless indeed!
 
 tlew wrote:

Haha, I did the same thing..amazing harmonies

 
Same here...was working on something and simply stopped...truly an auditory treat.
No auto-tune required.
Actual talent; what a concept!
Best Harmonies. .when they connected with Neil it was Four and Twenty
 
Pure magic thanks!
bought it on my first visit to the record store 1970.
like this song very much :) 
 scrubbrush wrote:
Wow. the harmonies these guys produced are amazing. This is SUCH a beautiful song i had to stop working and just listen

 
Haha, I did the same thing..amazing harmonies
A top ten song of all-time on a top ten album of all-time. Timeless
{#Heartkiss}  ....... nothing but G O D L I K E as a minimum for me
 casey1024 wrote:
I don't know what I was thinking - my rating was only a 9.  CLEARLY a 10!

 
Agreed, a true classic in every sense.
just read Graham Nash's memoir so enjoying hearing csn and csny. This is a great song with absolutely beautiful harmonies! all these years later and still ... very enjoyable to put this in the mix!
I don't know what I was thinking - my rating was only a 9.  CLEARLY a 10!
Just WOW. 


None if any mixing. Just pure unfiltered vocal bliss.


    
Did I hear, "Her hard lickin' lover's nearby"?
Old joke, but I couldn't resist.
Soooo gooooood.  So pure, so excellent.
Alliteration, meter, rhyme, excellent harmonies, and they NAIL the emotions of hoping helplessly.  A great song.
I'm not a CSN fan, but I have to admit I like this one.{#Cheers}
 Byronape wrote:
I was helping the inlaws clean out their basement the other day and they found this album on vinyl.  Too bad it was badly scratched, I would have loved to hear it played on a record player.  I love my hi-fi cds, but there really is something about listening to something on vinyl. 
 
I'd left my original vinyl with an ex-wife years ago. Later a friend handed over his entire collection, which included CS&N in the original sleeve. I dutifully cleaned it on a VPI machine and cued it up...oh, lord, it sounded like it had been played with a railroad spike. Simply unlistenable. Well, I still have the vinyl in the sleeve, but today I listen to it on CD. Sigh.
Oh so God Llke.............10..........
Wow. the harmonies these guys produced are amazing. This is SUCH a beautiful song i had to stop working and just listen
 Byronape wrote:
I was helping the inlaws clean out their basement the other day and they found this album on vinyl.  Too bad it was badly scratched, I would have loved to hear it played on a record player.  I love my hi-fi cds, but there really is something about listening to something on vinyl. 
 
Embrace the scratches and pops and hiss, like one embraces the scars and wrinkles that define a life well-lived.  Strange to hear this song without scratches and pops, actually.

(Tape a penny to the cartridge if the needle skips a groove — try a nickel if the penny isn't heavy enough — and don't forget to remove them after the record has finished.  You can literally wear out a vinyl LP this way.)
My 9th grade English teacher used this song to explain alliteration to us.
 smackiepipe wrote:
Looks like they were using the same photo location and photographer that day:


 
Looks more like you need glasses.................... {#Eek}


This song has really grown on me in the last year.
Looks like they were using the same photo location and photographer that day:


I was helping the inlaws clean out their basement the other day and they found this album on vinyl.  Too bad it was badly scratched, I would have loved to hear it played on a record player.  I love my hi-fi cds, but there really is something about listening to something on vinyl. 
Thanks for playing this masterpiece!
 DanFHiggins wrote:
MAGIC
 
True!

MAGIC
One of my favorite CSN songs of all time....and I especially enjoyed singing it in 3-part harmony with my sisters all these years.
 clickfaster wrote:
My college roommates and I were totally obsessed with this LP as evidenced by this homage.  Nothing beats the first CSN album!

CSN knockoff
 
Ah, keep that safe and show it to the grandkids. Nice work!

Stills was on an internet chat recently talking about that cover - apparently they took it as a spur-of-the moment thing and only later did the cover designer point out that the fellows are in reverse order of the name order. So they went back to the house to re-take the photo and discovered it had been demolished.


Deliciously drifting to happy places of the past....
WOOZURBROTHER!!!
 clickfaster wrote:
My college roommates and I were totally obsessed with this LP as evidenced by this homage.  Nothing beats the first CSN album!

CSN knockoff
  Nice work!


My college roommates and I were totally obsessed with this LP as evidenced by this homage.  Nothing beats the first CSN album!

CSN knockoff


 Shimmer wrote:
WRONG ALBUM COVER
Please fix
 
DONE!

Great song by the way... simple yet intricate.

Great song!  Intelligent and beautiful writing and great harmony. Not enough of these traits in music today.  9 or 10 for sure!

 danuneken wrote:
Is this on Deja Vu?? I've looked on both sides of the CD, but not there...!!
 
It is on the first album, pictured above (finally).
CSN at their best.
 Rooney wrote:
ahhh, the alchemy of artistic alliteration and all.  an "a" always.

{#Notworthy}

 
well done, sir.

One of my favorite songs to pick on guitar.
Is this on Deja Vu?? I've looked on both sides of the CD, but not there...!!
One of my faves from the "So Far" compilation... listened to this album so much back in the day I found myself waiting for for Wooden Ships after this song just ended.
 Giselle62 wrote:
this one makes me cry. i remember when my mom got this one; it was played a lot when i was a kid.
 
I as well - makes me stop whatever I'm doing to just sit quietly and listen.

Timeless!
love the harmonies~
Absolutely one of their finest recordings!
ahhh, the alchemy of artistic alliteration and all.  an "a" always.

{#Notworthy}

Ahhhh the days before autotune and computerized poppy-electronic-meat-dress-wearing superstars . . . . 

I wanna live in the analog era.  
 Lrobby99 wrote:
Landmark album. Not much appeal to the younger crowd, their loss.
 
Not lost on me!! But I'm born in 1978 . . . 
WRONG ALBUM COVER
Please fix
Landmark album. Not much appeal to the younger crowd, their loss.
I've always loved this song.
Ugh.
This may have been the first song I learned to finger-pick on the guitar.  Just beautiful.
Genius{#Motor}
this one makes me cry. i remember when my mom got this one; it was played a lot when i was a kid.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Should be:

https://musicsojourn.com/AR/Prog/img/c/CSNY/CrosbyStillsNash_1969_300.jpg
 
You are correct, Beach!

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

I notice they credited everyone that's photographed on the cover...except the d-o-g!  Typical.  He probably wrote the melody.
no matter how many times you guys tell Bill the album cover is incorrect, he's just not going to change it! ha

...i hear a bit of this opening in moby's everloving...
wow — thanks I really needed this this afternoon.........
Now THAT was a band!
 daveesh wrote:
seriously, who in rock music harmonizes better than these guys?
 
Don't know about better than CSN, but Alice in Chains is definitely up there.
Gorgeously contrived, but oh so gorgeous...

YES, i approve


Should be:

https://musicsojourn.com/AR/Prog/img/c/CSNY/CrosbyStillsNash_1969_300.jpg


I feel like I went to sleep in the 60's and woke up in the 60's, the only thing new being Crosby's liver.
 eastcoast wrote:
Boring harmonies
 
Zoinks!  I wanna hear what you're listening to, 'cause in my experience, harmony doesn't get a lot better than this.

Glorious song with amazingly tight harmonies.

This song was on the debut album...no Young yet...
seriously, who in rock music harmonizes better than these guys?
Oh what I wouldn't give to be in a really good CSN cover band....I love their harmonies!!!!!


This song is good for the ears...


Every bit as poignant as it was 40 odd years ago......................says it all, really. Incomparable.



Love it...


that album has several 10's on it, those guys really could sing and loaded with talent really put on a hell of a concert
Great album.
right on the heels of scarborough fair, again talent, and the lack of pressure to be commercially successful, which gives the artist their voices, and gives us amazing music.

Outstanding song, outstanding album. As simple as that.
If this doesn't qualify as a "10" I don't know what does!
Man this song and album brings back such memories. Saw these guys a bunch of times, always a great show.    
how on earth do I know every word to this song?
 steeler wrote:
Direct hit on my heart today.

Hoping. Longing. Yearning.

Man, does it all come through here.
 


{#Yes} {#Clap}


So nice after Alanis Morissette. Like a cold beer after eating sand.
Right on Bill !!! :notworthy: :sunny: :good-vibes:
one of the greatest albums.
Some musicians were just meant to sing with each other/ CSN is a perfect example. Bravo! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Direct hit on my heart today. Hoping. Longing. Yearning. Man, does it all come through here.
omg thanks Bill.
rtrudeau wrote:
What she said. The exact sentiment here on the other coast. :biggrin:
I can't agree more. Excellent harmonies tied to acoustic guitars. CSN is special to me in many ways. One, they led me to RP. Unfortunately it seems rare to hear this band on RP. CSN tunes always brings back fond memories of a CSN concert here on the left coast. Thankfully and due to technical issue, they blew out loads of amps. After a few minutes of silence, they had just enough to cover for vocals and guitars. Led to a wonderful classic acoustic concert. Amazing harmonies and cheerful memories =>
Fine song I guess but I've heard it plenty.
Mmh, very fine arts... It was my older friends years ago who used to hear CSN- now iM quite touched to hear it now in ParadiseRadio.... Thanks to mix up past, present and future....