Crosby Stills Nash and Young - HELPLESS

First performance: 13/10/1986


Coverinfo

1986-10-13 - SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (Bridge School Benefit)
 
Bruce played the song only once during Neil Young’s and Pegi Young's first Bridge School Benefit concert. Proceeds benefit the Bridge School, which assists children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs. The song was performed with Neil Young and Nils Lofgren. 
 
 
 

Songinfo

"Helpless" is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young on their 1970 album Déjà Vu. "Helpless" was originally recorded with Young's band Crazy Horse in early 1969. The "town in North Ontario" referred to in the opening line of the song is often presumed to be Ontario native Young's hometown; Young himself cleared up the rumors in a 1995 Mojo interview with Nick Kent:
 
"Well, it's not literally a specific town so much as a feeling. Actually, it's a couple of towns. Omemee, Ontario, is one of them. It's where I first went to school and spent my 'formative' years. Actually I was born in Toronto..."
 
 
 

Other cover versions

 

Bruce on the artist

 
Bruce and Neil Young played together on a couple of occasions. ( 8 times ) . 
 
2013-02-08 Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
2004-10-05 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
1995-10-28 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
1994-10-20 Roseland Ballroom, New York City, NY
1989-06-14 Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
1988-01-20 Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City, NY
1986-10-13 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
1985-03-22 Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia 
 
Neil Youg was also there at the MusiCares Person of the year 2013 when Bruce was honored. Bruce was tributed by Young and among others.
 

Lyrics

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...