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Helpless

Helpless has not been seen in 792 Phish shows.
It was last played: 1998-10-17.
It was played at 0.05% of live shows.
It has been performed live 1 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: Neil Young

Original Artist: Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

Original Album: Déjà Vu (1970)

Vocals: Neil Young (lead), Phish (backing)

Debut: 1998-10-17

Historian: Erik Swain


Toward the end of Phish’s set on the first day of the all-acoustic 1998 Bridge School Benefit, the band surprised the crowd by attempting an acoustic “Harry Hood.” Even more surprising was that Neil Young, the benefit organizer, came out in the middle of “Hood” to jam with them. Less of a shock for the occasion, however, was when they wound down the jam and segued into “Helpless,” one of Young’s best-known acoustic songs and a staple of his heyday with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The band stuck closely to the arrangement on CSNY’s Déjà Vu album and reproduced their yearning harmonies. This performance closed the set and Phish has not attempted the song in concert again. Those who track down the CSNY album to hear the original version will also be treated to Jerry Garcia’s pedal steel guitar playing on “Teach Your Children.” One other version worth checking out is the performance from The Last Waltz.  Enjoy...



Watch Helpless on YouTube The Band with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell -- "Helpless" from The Last Waltz


Lyrics:

(Neil Young)
© Broken Arrow Music Corporation

There is a town in north Ontario
With dream comfort memory to spare
And in my mind
I still need a place to go
All my changes were there

Blue, blue windows behind the stars
Yellow moon on the rise
Big birds flying across the sky
Throwing shadows on our eyes
Leave us

Helpless, helpless, helpless
Baby can you hear me now?
The chains are locked
and tied across the door
Baby, sing with me somehow

Blue, blue windows behind the stars
Yellow moon on the rise
Big birds flying across the sky
Throwing shadows on our eyes
Leave us

Helpless, helpless, helpless

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