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Crosby, Stills & Nash – Helplessly Hoping lyrics

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 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 it's 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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  • u
    Three people in the song. Two are in a relationship, the third (the harlequin) a guy who wishes he could have a shot at a relationship with her. She's sort of playing him, encouraging him to stick around for her amusement (harlequin) but he doesn't really have a shot. He hangs around for the emotional crumbs she leaves him (hovers nearby, awaiting a word). Tries to leave (runs, wishing he coulf fly) because deep inside, he realizes it's hopeless? But he's weak and keeps coming back. He's friends with the other guy and she's playing him. They are one person (as the three close friends), they are two alone (the couple), they are three together (all three are still individuals who can choose to stay or go) and they are for each other: a karmic lesson being worked through on all their parts.
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  • u
    Very skillful lyrics by Steve Stills. I think the song has elements of being jilted by a lover or wishing for the affections of a certain lady but being toyed with. There could be speculation of who exactly the song is referring to since it's likely that Suite: Judy Blue Eyes is about his sometime girlfriend Judy Collins. This could be about her also or any number of females he was interested in.
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