Helplessly Hoping - Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969)
Our LCM Classic this week is a masterpiece of song from Crosby, Stills & Nash. All the way from 1969 with its fantastic harmonies and great lyrics is 'Helplessly Hoping'.
It was released on their self title debut album 'Crosby, Stills & Nash' and as the B-side of the "Marrakesh Express" single.
The song is noted for its use of alliteration in its lyrics. It was written by Stephen Stills as he went through a painful break-up with Judy Collins, herself in therapy at the time. This, "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" and "49 Bye-Byes" were frank dissemination of his longing to help her through her difficulties juxtaposed against her inability, not unwillingness, to accept his aid as she struggled in therapy and eventually allied herself with Stacy Keach.