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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 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 four for each other



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    UnregisteredJun 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm
    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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    UnregisteredFeb 2, 2012 at 6:18 am
    I think it's about a man hopelessly in love with someone who can barely see him. He's a fool in love. Very sad and beautiful song.
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    kadylorraine1Aug 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm
    I think it means the relationship isn't going well but they don't want to give it up. definition of a harlequin is :A mute character in traditional pantomime, typically masked and dressed in a diamond-patterned costume.
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    UnregisteredJun 29, 2012 at 11:51 pm
    I don't think he is saying one thing or another. He is expressing the feeling of fear and unsure-ness that haunts those moments of union experienced with another. The cruel and mysterious paradox that union can be felt, but our minds remind us that we can never be totally sure of the feelings of another. ?
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    UnregisteredJun 20, 2012 at 5:44 am
    Saying about love and that he doesnt know wether she said goodbye or even hello and he didn't appreciate what he had until it wasn't there

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