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    Crosby, Stills & Nash "Helplessly Hoping": Helplessly hoping her harlequin hovers nearby Awaiting a word Gasping at glimpses of gentle true spi...

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    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 good-bye?

    Or even hello? They are one person They are two alone

    They are three together

    They are 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 for each other

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    "Helplessly Hoping" was recorded during their first recording session as a group in December 1968.

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    album: "Crosby, Stills & Nash" (1969)

    Suite: Judy Blue Eyes

    Marrakesh Express Guinnevere

    You Don't Have To Cry

    Pre-Road Downs Wooden Ships Lady Of The Island Helplessly Hoping Long Time Gone 49 Bye-Byes

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    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 good-bye?

    Or even hello? They are one person They are two alone

    They are three together

    They are 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 for each other

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    Remember, guys, it's all about Judy Collins. Think "Judy Blue Eyes" "Bluebird" etc. This is one of the songs Stills spat out during his "PLEEEZE marry me, Judy!" period. Harlequin was a Commedia dell'arte character of lowly rank, often shown with a lute, who sometimes pursued ladies above his class. Believe it or not, that would have been a fitting alter ego for Stephen in 1968, when he was far from being a superstar. Buffalo Springfield was coming apart, CSN was not on the radar yet, and he was making ends meet as a session guitarist for, among others, Judy the reigning queen of folk music. He falls for her "true gentle spirit", she says the word he's waiting for, and they begin a torrid affair. He decides that she's the one, endears himself to her son Clark (yes, I think that's the "three") and hopes for a future together. Judy's not so sure, however. The rest of the lyrics suggest Judy is doing a variant on the whole "it's not you, it's ME" thing (she is going through therapy around this time, and he thinks it's a bunch of BS). He wonders if she's about to dump him, or if he ever even had a chance with her in the first place. She eventually hooks up with Stacy Keach (Stills and Keach probably didn't meet in the stairwell, but that's a good metaphor for seeing that you have competition). Keach apparently gets along great with the kid, too, and poor Stephen is out of the picture.

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    This tribute to literary elements is masterful as poetry in that within just a few lines it tells a surprisingly complex story in meter and heavy alliteration. It becomes very easy listening when sung with the haunting harmonics of Crosby, Stills, and Nash. It is the vocal harmonics that make the song impossible for an individual to sing and sound like all three voices plus the harmonics at once.

    You will understand the depth of these lyrics when you know that Stephen Stills had a tempestuous relationship with folk singer Judy Collins. That relationship inspired many of his lyrics including “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” It seems obvious but still we have to wonder if “Helplessly Hoping” is one more product inspired by that relationship.

    We also need to know what a harlequin is. A harlequin is the personified imagination of a character in a play. Dressed in bright diamondboard fabric, a harlequin stands out as imaginary in every sense. As such it might be the earliest form of special effects. The harlequin is an important character in a play because it indicates to the audience what the actor is thinking to him/her self. The harlequin can act out those thoughts in pantomime for the audience. Sometimes the harlequin is used to pass messages between characters. A harlequin may interact with a character but the character can never interact with the harlequin. And by standing or sitting on walls and tall props, a harlequin appears to hover above the action in a play.

    We enter these lyrics with the observations of a man in a broken relationship…

    Helplessly hoping her harlequin hovers nearby (He is hoping she has sent a messenger to contact him and talk. He knows it is impossible to contact the harlequin but is trying to pass the mental message.)

    Awaiting a word (…perhaps the word will come from a messenger, a mutual friend, either with a message or to take a message from him. As the lyrics progress we learn that this waiting situation has gone on far too long. At this point any word from her would be welcome to release the emotional tension between them. Also note that in the song, awaiting is pronounced “uh WAITING” to emphasize the consonance with ‘word.’ For an instrument it would be considered a “grace note.”)

    Gasping at glimpses of gentle true spirit he runs

    Wishing he could fly ((he daydreams about her. He runs trying to catch the dreams thinking he could if he could fly.)

    Only to trip at the sound of goodbye (This is how we know the two know each other. She has said goodbye to him. In attempting to fly in his dreams he breaks his stride when the inevitable final thoughts of the dream come. Those last thoughts are of her saying her final goodbye.)

    Wordlessly watching he waits by the window (He waits for her to do something. He cannot chase her without looking desperate, which he truly is. He thinks that chasing after her would appear pathetic, which he truly is)

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    Helplessly Hoping Lyrics: 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-

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    “Helplessly Hoping” – by Steven Stills appears on the self-titled Crosby, Stills & Nash debut album (1969). This song, like “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”, is about Stills'… Read More

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    Release Date May 29, 1969 View All Credits 1 409.1K

    Helplessly Hoping Lyrics

    [Verse 1] 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

    [Verse 2] 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?

    [Chorus] They are one person They are two alone

    They are three together

    They are for each other

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    [Verse 3]

    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

    [Chorus] They are one person They are two alone

    They are three together

    They are for each other

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    “Helplessly Hoping” – by Steven Stills appears on the self-titled Crosby, Stills & Nash debut album (1969).

    This song, like “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”, is about Stills' imminent break-up with Judy Collins.

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    “Helplessly Hoping” was notably featured in the 2018 sci-fi horror film Annihilation, as well as in an episode of the Amazon Original Series Good Girls Revolt.

    Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969)

    Crosby, Stills & Nash

    1.

    Suite: Judy Blue Eyes

    2. Marrakesh Express 3. Guinnevere 4.

    You Don’t Have to Cry

    5. Pre-Road Downs 6. Wooden Ships 7. Lady of the Island 8. Helplessly Hoping 9. Long Time Gone 10. 49 Bye-Byes Credits Written By Stephen Stills Release Date May 29, 1969 Cover By

    Helplessly Hoping by Anna Nalick, Helplessly Hoping by Of Mice & Men, Helplessly Hoping by Girl Named Tom & Helplessly Hoping by Sophia Yau-Weeks

    Tags Rock Sixties Southern Rock Folk Comments Add a comment Regmo 7 years ago

    I would think it’s “too” alone, and just “for” each other.

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    Joe 4 years ago

    Regmo that’s the genius of the lyrics. The lyrics are “two” and “four” to continue the pattern of counting, but because they are homonyms the meaning of the lines are more like “too” and “for”

    OCGabe 4 years ago

    When they are together, they are one.

    When they are apart (or “alone”) they are two (separate people, alone),

    But when she comes back around, she brings a third (paying) party and they are become three together (he’s her silent, helplessly hoping harlequin to her tortured soul…but he hopes until he sees her approaching with the third person – knowing that she is still not his alone),

    And finally, the four are: the girl, the harlequin, the paying “john” and his helpless hope.

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