Crosby, Stills & Nash - Helplessly Hoping (With Lyrics)


"Helplessly Hoping" is the 8th track off of their debut self titled album, "Crosby, Stills & Nash" from 1969. This song is one of my favorites by CSN and the harmonies are particularly good. Just sit back, listen and enjoy a truly beautiful song with great lyrics. 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-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 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



Safe Escape
Annihilation brought me here
Casey Compton
played this at my daughter's funeral. it's not just about romantic love.
Ron Lindsay
Those voices were created to sing together
Kelley Prince
RIP Blue 1969-2014 : my soulmate and husband for 23 years held this song dear to our hearts and now it brings new tears of new meaning for me this evening.
Graham Johnson
Thanks Annihilation
Per Lofgren
If like a lot of the younger commenters here you are discovering Crosby, Stills and Nash for the first time, you are in for a treat. "Our House", "Southern Cross", "Suite Judy Blue Eyes", and "Carry On" are just a few of the incredible tracks waiting to enchant you. With their rich, otherworldly harmonies and deep, thought-provoking lyrics, CSN's music is among the most beautiful things you will ever hear on planet Earth. Enjoy!
Lucy Singleton
My love for this song is immense
Thundergod129
Nobody has touched three part harmony like this, ever....
Nick Troglia
my heart aches every time i absorb this song
TrueBlueSue49
These are absolutely amazing lyrics!!!
Shine On
Anyone who has ever felt suffocated in a marriage but unable to end it understands these lyrics so well.
85nikki96
"They are one person." (Despite all their troubles they feel a very deep bond.) "They are two alone."' (When they are alone together at home they drift into their own worlds having little to say.) "They are three together." (But with friends they put on the guise of being a happy couple.) "They are for each other." (No matter what, they'll always want the best for each other.)
Nicky L
I  got  this  album  for  my  16th  birthday  A week  later  I saw them  at Woodstock
Ray Ursillo
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
Dee Neece
mmmmmm....this song.....I never EVER tire of it.
Stephen Grass
Stephen Stills is one hell of a songwriter. Thanks for all the music, Stephen. "Three together, they are four for each other." CSN, indeed.
Jenni Fur
My mom just passed away and these guys were my parents band for 40 years. They drove from Flatbush to Saugerties to see them at Woodstock (their first live concert). We would go on road trips and blast all their albums... Sad the baby boomers are ending their lifespan...
Razzzz77
Masterpiece.
Paul Isaac
Pretty song with great harmonies.
Tara C
I remember so clearly watching my first love playing and singing this .. he introduced me to so much. I miss him. I wish he would talk to me.. I still love him
al m
Good morning world...enjoy :) They are one person They are two alone They are three together They are for each other
ARCHAIC SYMBOLISM
Blessing to us all.
Gamelore
Annihilation movie brought me here. These guys were a little before my generation, so I didn't experience this before. Any more songs like this from them?
Pip Reynolds
No voices bring happiness to my heart like yours, bringing me peace for all these years!~And yes, I bought the CD, every song a masterpiece!!~deep healing you bring us! Your generously giving us hope, helping heal the land and all upon it!!~Can't thank you, enough!! Sending ALL my LOVE!! ~ Bless your heart! thank you! ~ Merci!, Love, Pip xx •٠·˙·٠•●۩۞۩ٌƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ PURE ☆ LOVE Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ۩۞۩ٌ●•٠·˙·٠•
Max Boyle
Great job adding the lyrics in. Super helpful. Now I know for sure if they say "he runs" or "he arrives".
osuzq21
We are one person, they are two alone, they are three together, they are for each other...
Eduarda Barros
Como eu nunca tinha encontrado essa música antes??? Aniquilação, thanksssss
Jenny Dowe
I love this so much
cmayknot
Shout out to my husband, who waited while I let go of being lost. We are for each other!
JPascalN
This song reaches deep into your soul and grabs a hold. It represents a time that will never be again.
Patty Pratt
The total effect of this masterpiece .. can not be put into words..so harmoniouslywonderful xxx I have always been part of this & always will be <3
Supreme Peasant
Annihilation what shit but I got this from it 💪🏻💪🏻
Dustin Brandvold
A N N I H I L A T E D
Gustavo Blanco
It's so great to discover unlisten songs from C,S,N(&Y) , beloved band of my father vinyls. Music actually is a brilliant product, but my ears use to be very busy for all previously forty years and more. Sure won't be the first, dont you ?
Carsen
"Annihilation" brought me here
Edgar Hudak
Gorgeous ... incredible singing - great tunes - stands the test of time... thanks for posting
jimki F
Been listening to this for 30 years....still brings tears occasionally. The masters....
Ramon Serrano
Otro genial producto CSN, una canción-joya maravillosa. Poco conocidos antes, en España, y ahora algo olvidados?
Nick Gray
i heard this song on a movie recently.. such a heart touching Jam.. missing my Ma'
Airplayer
Danke An das Netflix Original "Die Auslöschung"!
Tony Stark
So awesome to stumble upon such an epic 60s song by watching a Sci Fi flick called Annihilation...
Rusmir Ajanović
For evryone, and every body of US soilder, officer and so... loos to the path at the better world, in brutal war againset terror.R.I.P. every soul woman and man.AMIN!
Jans Ze
I wish I saw them perform live 😔
rockinrowdy13
beautiful harmonies..wonderful song..i have seen them twice in recent years and they still can play and sing
clifton reed jr
My favorite all time albums. Seen them in concert many times when I was young
Dennis moss
Such beautiful harmonies. Beautiful song.
Eleven Good
I'll always love you Terrry <3 RIP
Larry Anderson
Thanks to the movie Annihilation, people after this generation can listen, appreciate and relive the 60s in (our) own way. This song is timeless....sad yet strangely uplifting.
Neslihan
Happy to have discovered this fine music while watching Annihilation. Great music:)
Just In
Annihilation brought me here. Better yet.. The woman I love? Her name is Alina.. Lena.. My god. 😢
ChipMarine
BEAUTIFUL !
Andrea Reyes
confusion has it's cost
Scott Moore
I'm 30 yrs Young and in my high school years they're music touched my heart and soul. 4 and twenty yrs ago, I longed to be more, and I'm Still not into selling door to door. Military madness IS killing my country! Deja vu, find the cost of freedom on the way home.
jb318
David Crosby is supposedly a worlock says John Todd there records are conjored in the master they conjour demons and they are in every album so he says i still love there music
Bruce Jenner
When you are 21 years old and this is your favorite song....... then you see it was made 50 years ago, and it makes you realize some things are truly timeless.
Magali
So schön, warum gibt es solche Lieder heute nicht mehr?
JuggerATHLEAN
Hola, busco una canción muy similar a está, con un ritmo muy parecido pero más country. Y que creo que habla sobre los EEUU, no me acuerdo, alguien le suena? Gracias de antemano!
dino vidal
Crosby, Stills & Nash Lyrics "Helplessly Hoping" [Intro. (Acoustic Guitar)] 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 [Ending (Acoustic Guitar)]
melanie kuula
Was told by my boyfriend after he left me, and I was so broken up to listen to this song. I thought it hit home.
Ambient Film Tracks
Many will likely come here after seeing Annihilation.
J Shah
Love this song. Amazed at Home Free's version, too. They have such amazing harmonies.
dw storm
The guitar and the harmonies.... just beautiful.
Raina Bee
the harmonies here <3 oh my goodness
deb col
If we had a song - this was it
kayem11
I was 13 when the song was released in 1969 and down to today I can't have enough of it - along with many of these guys' songs of mesmerizing vocal harmonies and guitar work. Evergreen music in a league of its own.
Freyrfimbulwinter
Good song for bench sitting, chain smoking and quiet contemplation.. Nobody did it quite like these guys.
IngyB
Annihilation brought me here. Great movie!
gerald 413
I was like 8 when this came out i would here my older cousins listening to CSN. Occasionally i would hear them on the radio in my dad's car. Now much older i appeciate how great their music is and how moving it is to lots of ppl. Especially ones who have lost loved ones. I was in shock i lost ot at the cemetary. It felt like part of me died too. Peace be there and CSN for the ppl who ache. Jesus loves us all.
mebei26
Very nice! even this is not bad, from 1970 Kindness ( later Smokie - UK) Before they became Smokie - Helplessly Hoping (rare audio Live) Kindness
Joel Espedal
Heartbreaking breathtaking and soul freeing.....Well put down boys
Shiva Rampersaud
Yes, Annihilation brought me to this song, but let's take a step back and acknowledge the beauty in this piece of art.
The Gaming Dino
Annihilation brought me
OVIO Digital Signage
quien esta aquí por annihilation???
Ivan Molina
that is a real song,feeling,harmony and words
Eileen Bento
You'll understand this song if you saw the movie, " A Walk On The Moon " with Diane Lane..Great Lyrics to a love story..
Bonnie Speeg
This is how you teach alliteration with style...
Robert Eales
The sound of Angels .no doubt
Someone
Home Free brought me here
swilson7674
For whatever reason this song makes me weep ever since my breakup with my girl of 15 years. Check out the Ritchie Havens version
Very Very
ils sont une personne les deux seuls ils sont trois. Lovely.
immrlizard
Great post.  One of my favorites from them.  There is a live version of this that was done in the last couple of years on here somewhere.   They still sound great.
Kurt Steinmann
One of my favorites.
R BICKERTON
I can see graham Nash made this song happen
richard lopiccolo
" they are for...each other" i love that harmony
James Breitenbach
My LP sounds this crisp.. ♥ ♪♫
Aluizio
Sensacional. Kudos from Brazil.
Ervin Elgincolin
 and then we remember the 1969 concert  for Peace, Love and Music- Woodstock 69
eric desbiens
annihilation brought me here too,amazing!
mitchdolphinsfan2
Lyrics with meaning
Derek Matthew
Richie Havens version is excellent
Mark Simko
Folks, Neil Young is the tenor here. This song includes the entire, original group.. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.
Biggi Bechtold
the harmonies of the song are very good.
Medea Zucca
Only to trip at the sound of good-bye...
Brian Jackson
There's all the other harmony in the world, and then there's this.
Tom Waggle
I serious doubt Jesus "got tortured more than any person"... Please chill out. Yeah he got beaten and executed. EVER HEARD OF AUSCWITZ?
claudermiller
haunting lyrics. helplessly hoping her harlequin hovers,,,,,,,the harlequin escorts a persons soul to hell. heartlessly helping himself to her bad dreams,,,,,,he is feeding off of her pain. wordlessly watching he waits by the window and wonders at the empty place inside,,,,he is nothing without her and he wonders when she will come back, if ever. i love this song.
demoleus
my goto song when feeling sad. makes me feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel - gives me hope, gives me perspective, and makes me feel the world isn't' so bad. ive loved your music for decades. Namaste, CSN&Y.
timothy carrigan
confess, again confess to god almighty that you are a hopless sinner and you need to ask jesus to forgive you and deliver your soul from SIN!! christ jesus got tortured more than any person i did not turn his head away from the horrible treatment that was awaiting him , feel so helpless when i imagine what life would have been like, so back to my point? we all need salvation, or we will never be blessed to enter into heaven!! the lord loves us so much he gave his life to save ours,get saved!!!!
timothy carrigan
i must opine on this!! like jimmy morisson sang break on through to the other side and then this gem of a song comes along CSN take you up to the gate of elation and the glory their played this for the lord man!!! now you say /whats next, prayer!! pray with all of might and the gates will be opened for you, 1 condition though, you must be born again for your travel will take you to places that have not been discovered!!! this thing being born again is simple but so very very important PEACE!
Rixar13
Thumbs up ^....