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Album: Deja Vu
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8

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Total ratings: 1746









Released: 1970
Length: 3:31
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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.

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.
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Crosby, Stills, Nash &Young,
Dallas Taylor (drums) and Greg Reeves (bass)
DEJA VU


 expatlar wrote:
The only reason I don't turn it up is because my wife is in the room and y'know, it's Neil Young. :-)

 

       And he wrote this.
(Young wrote 'Helpless')
The only reason I don't turn it up is because my wife is in the room and y'know, it's Neil Young. :-)
 xray38 wrote:
Neil wasn't a geography major.  His home town that he references as being in "northern Ontario" is actually in south-central Ontario. But I know, it's a song.
 
I'm from Europe and have never been to Ontario. But I know that if I want to go to Perth, West Australia, I should travel East.  
 rhlrstn wrote:
Nope. Nope. Just never want to hear Neil Young. Ugh.
 
Sooooo, have you turned to Christian Rock to avoid Neil?  That, and sports talk radio are the only places you won't hear him.
 Paddy_Hannan wrote:
Bettered only by Neil's performance of this from The Last Waltz concert. Outstandingly good. 9/10
 
I agree. I was there at The Last Waltz . I had just moved to San Francisco in May 1976, six months before a friend and I took each other to Winterland for our November birthdays, and had Thanksgiving dinner with 5,000 people. In the Martin Scorcese directed film of the concert you can see the back of my head from right in front of the stage when Bob Dylan is singing "Forever Young"!
Bliss
One of my first 'favorite Neil Young tunes'!
Bettered only by Neil's performance of this from The Last Waltz concert. Outstandingly good. 9/10
Neil wasn't a geography major.  His home town that he references as being in "northern Ontario" is actually in south-central Ontario. But I know, it's a song.
 teleskialaska wrote:
I am always amazed at the comments of the critical people. I actually feel bad for the critics, but perhaps they get more air play on Radio Paradise than Neil or CSNY.....I for one think it is a beautiful song.
 
Don't feel bad for them.  Pity and maybe a little disdain, yes but bad... not worth it.
idiot_wind wrote:
Im lying in a burned out basement, listening to this song.

 
On_The_Beach wrote:

Full moon?
 
Maybe it's the star of Bethlehem?
 kingart wrote:


A classic is always new even when it's 49 years old. 
 

Why thank you!
 unclehud wrote:
Goose bumps, man.  Goose bumps.
 
Right. As a preamble to vomiting.
Goose bumps, man.  Goose bumps.
Always love Neal Young
 henkk wrote:
I've heard this too often. I like new good music.
 

A classic is always new even when it's 49 years old. 
 rhlrstn wrote:
Nope. Nope. Just never want to hear Neil Young. Ugh.
 
Gee tell me how you really feel about him
I am always amazed at the comments of the critical people. I actually feel bad for the critics, but perhaps they get more air play on Radio Paradise than Neil or CSNY.....I for one think it is a beautiful song.
Love this song, but really don’t love this CSNY version. He’s got a solo version on Live at Massey Hall that’s amazing.
Nope. Nope. Just never want to hear Neil Young. Ugh.
I've heard this too often. I like new good music.
Sublime beauty of songwriting, harmony and so much just so right in the arrangement and production.

Young at his best
About as evocative of its time as a song can be. 
Jeez. 

Fantastic song. Hearing KD Lang sing it live summer 2016 was a transformative experience.
 capandjudy wrote:
After seeing Neil do this with The Band in "The Last Waltz" I couldn't help but think that The Band was a better fit for Neil than CSN although I really didn't care for Joni Mitchell chirping in the background. This is fantastic none the less. 

 
Joni can chirp anywhere she wants. She's more than earned it.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Im lying in a burned out basement, listening to this song.  
 
Full moon?
Im lying in a burned out basement, listening to this song.   
After seeing Neil do this with The Band in "The Last Waltz" I couldn't help but think that The Band was a better fit for Neil than CSN although I really didn't care for Joni Mitchell chirping in the background. This is fantastic none the less. 
RP's love for Neil Young—amongst many other artists—is what makes me feel at home listening to this station.  {#Notworthy}
 iloveradio wrote:
Who are the other two guys on the cover?

 
Dallas Taylor and Greg Reeves
Who are the other two guys on the cover?
 justin4kick wrote:

Bill, can we have a Post Something Different-button to skip to a comment we do like?  

 
Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!
 boontonite wrote:
This is just one of the outstanding songs and performances on a truly classic album. Really captures the spirit of the time.

 
Did not Zeps make III in response to this album?
 
This is the finest song on that album, in my opinion.  And what an album!
Very{#Bananajam} nice! 
वाह
This is just one of the outstanding songs and performances on a truly classic album. Really captures the spirit of the time.
 PockettVenus wrote:
Can't stand it. Whiney, repetitive, indulgent. If only psd worked on Tune In. 
{#No} 
 
Bill, can we have a Post Something Different-button to skip to a comment we do like?  
We are not helpless we are men
What lies between us
It can be set aside and ended
~~Stephen Stills
Damn Good.
 Stefen wrote:
Buffy St. Marie does a great cover of this.  It's actually better than Neil Young's original.

 
How can it be better than Neil Young?
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh
That's nice     {#Cheers} 
Buffy St. Marie does a great cover of this.  It's actually better than Neil Young's original.
One of the recordings in the movie, "Strawberry Statement".  A good cult flick for those that need a refresher on the days of student unrest in the late 60's... you might check it out.  It kinda coincided with my experiences at Portland State University during that time.
I love this song.....but mainly because I get such a kick out of wailing along to it.

Helpless, helpless helpless............... 
 PockettVenus wrote:
Can't stand it. Whiney, repetitive, indulgent. If only psd worked on Tune In.
 
If only psd worked on your whiny, indulgent post.
A real classic! {#Music}
 PockettVenus wrote:
Can't stand it. Whiney, repetitive, indulgent. If only psd worked on Tune In. 
{#No} 
 
What is it with Radio Paradise and all the Neil. Awful.
What an amazing song by a band that should not have existed.
We are so very lucky that they did.
Thank you to contrary things.
 ScottN wrote:
My favorite rendition of this song.  Some others, imo,  including some covers, simply don't catch young Neil's essence of the song.

 
no other voice quite like his and csn just made him sound better with their beautiful harmonies...band made in heaven.
Cracks me up every time I hear it...  genius
Can't stand it. Whiney, repetitive, indulgent. If only psd worked on Tune In. 
{#No} 
Always a 10!
 bill-1956 wrote:
This is my all time favorite song.
 
Then bill-1956, you are clearly a righteous dude!  {#Cheers}
My favorite rendition of this song.  Some others, imo,  including some covers, simply don't catch young Neil's essence of the song.
How could something so simple......
......be so perfect?
This song always renders me so... helpless. 



                               Picture pink silos set on a Missouri sunset on a balmy, summer afternoon with some cow fertilizer wafting through your nostrils..trying not to be too offended  ;)


The time confusion is quite natural after a while...you tend to put future things into the past.
it's all based upon individual experience.  You'll end up where you began as the years go by..?



Quite..
 DeeCee1109 wrote:




Lyrics: 9
Music: 9
Lead Vocals: -3
I just can't enjoy Neil's voice.
 
So... a 15?  I guess you'll just have to round it down to a 10.
 Cynaera wrote:
All I can do when I hear this song is sit and let the emotion wash over me. It's so sublime, so ethereal, so absolutely perfect... I can breathe now. {#Meditate}{#Sunny}

 
What she said.
 capandjudy wrote:

I hear you on that one.

 
We WERE there, weren't we? Chills down my spine...
 skyguy wrote:
Classic and beautiful. I wonder if they will be playing Beyonce in 41 years?

 
Who?
 ozzie1313 wrote:
I could break down and cry.  This song brings it all to the surface, all 60 years worth.

 
I hear you on that one.
Very good song from Neil, but i prefer the version on the last waltz with Joni Mitchell.

Neil at his most whiny. How can you not love this man and his music!


One of my favorite renditions of this song.  Understated-- in a good way.
Meh........
Reminds me of an old friend, who used to play this album a lot. He moved to Syracuse and I lost track of him.

Hope you're doing well, "Crash", wherever you are.   {#Wave}
12 Points!

very very godlike! {#Notworthy} 
 Chi_Editrix wrote:
I can forgive this man a lot for this one song. But does anyone else picture Big Bird flying across the sky?

 
Heh. I know exactly what you mean about forgiving an artist for their occasional missteps.

The background harmonies by Stills, Nash and Crosby are just wonderful, always my favorite part of this song. 
I've heard the various Neil Young versions of this song so many times, I'd completely forgotten about this one.  This is what the "10" rating is  all about.
This one will only make sense to very select group of Australian listeners who remember d-gen the late show but I prefer the Grassby Grills Nudge and Plum version

Dull, does nothing for me...unlike Neil whom I could at least listen to some songs :-)


I live in Ontario, on Rideau River, outside of Ottawa. Fall and spring the sky is full of migrating geese. So is the river. I still wake up earlier to watch them organize and flying off. This tunes often pops into mind.
 Chi_Editrix wrote:
I can forgive this man a lot for this one song. But does anyone else picture Big Bird flying across the sky?
 
Well, not until now......thanks for that....not.
 Antigone wrote:
How is it possible that I have not rated this song before today?

Nine.
 

Maybe like me you thought this was a Neil Young song, and not a CSNY song...you prolly rated the former.
 bill-1956 wrote:
This is my all time favorite song.
 
Too right!
This is my all time favorite song.
How is it possible that I have not rated this song before today?

Nine.
I know it's probably sacrilege to say but the K D Lang version is nearly as good as this.
I can forgive this man a lot for this one song. But does anyone else picture Big Bird flying across the sky?
Man, I'm a fan for life.  Love this tune and so many more from CS&N.  (& Young)  {#Guitarist}
very nice!
 skyguy wrote:
Classic and beautiful. I wonder if they will be playing Beyonce in 41 years?
 



Lyrics: 9
Music: 9
Lead Vocals: -3
I just can't enjoy Neil's voice.
 skyguy wrote:
Classic and beautiful. I wonder if they will be playing Beyonce in 41 years?
  who? ;)


Classic and beautiful. I wonder if they will be playing Beyonce in 41 years?
Sums up a lot.
It sounds like electric country but in reality Neil was one of the first Astral travellers.
Why is CSN & Y's version of Helpless on RP twice?
Classic with only 3 notes

 beset wrote:
Has anyone read "Shakey" by Jimmy McDonough? I'm on page 519 of 738 pages - not counting the "(Very) Selected Bibliography", pp 739 to 759. I'm thoroughly enjoying this Neil Young biography. When Jimmy "shows" what Neil's saying, it sounds pretty real to me. There's much use of the four-letter F word, and not just from Neil.
This is a deeply revealing story of Neil and many others who were touched by him and vice versa. I didn't know 'til I read this book that Nicolette Larson passed away. Reportedly, she died on December 16, 1997 of complications from cerebral edema. "Nicki" had a nickname for Neil: "Changeable Charlie".
He's a very talented, complex person. He's human, that's for sure. I'm a longtime fan of Neil, and that probably won't change, as it appears he's never "sold out"! 
 
Yes, I read the exhaustive bio a couple years ago. I thought the last, say, 100 pages got a bit tedious, but overall an excellent read. My only complaint would be that McDonough takes too much credit for Neil's career moves. ("I told Neil to do this or that, blah, blah"; yah, right.)

I could break down and cry.  This song brings it all to the surface, all 60 years worth.
There is a town in North Ontario...and also a long dry spell since we last heard Neil croon this oldie but goodie.

All I can do when I hear this song is sit and let the emotion wash over me. It's so sublime, so ethereal, so absolutely perfect... I can breathe now. {#Meditate}{#Sunny}
I'm a Neil Young mark and one of his best.

{#Clap}





I was humming this song just a few minutes ago while brew some coffee, up here in Northern Ontario!  Thanks!
oh how this brings back memories.....
Great song!{#Cheers}
This song has meant so many different things to me at different times in my life. Now it just makes me think of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.{#Cry}
so simple, yet so damn good...
I think if I heard this song every day for the next few months I still would want to hear it more.  It makes me feel the way I am supposed to feel: at peace with the world.  It's not so much the lyrics as it is its mood.
Without a doubt, The Last Waltz performance truly shows the emotion that music is all about.
Has anyone read "Shakey" by Jimmy McDonough? I'm on page 519 of 738 pages - not counting the "(Very) Selected Bibliography", pp 739 to 759. I'm thoroughly enjoying this Neil Young biography. When Jimmy "shows" what Neil's saying, it sounds pretty real to me. There's much use of the four-letter F word, and not just from Neil.
This is a deeply revealing story of Neil and many others who were touched by him and vice versa. I didn't know 'til I read this book that Nicolette Larson passed away. Reportedly, she died on December 16, 1997 of complications from cerebral edema. "Nicki" had a nickname for Neil: "Changeable Charlie".
He's a very talented, complex person. He's human, that's for sure. I'm a longtime fan of Neil, and that probably won't change, as it appears he's never "sold out"! 


 Geecheeboy wrote:
Question, guys: with what instrument does he open this song?
  Well, I'm not exactly a guy... However, I believe the opening instrument is a harmonica. This song is done by Neil and The Band, with backup vocals sung by Joni Mitchell during the Band's farewell concert, "The Last Waltz". I've just purchased a copy of the DVD and watched it with my main squeeze (he's a guy). I think I've enjoyed this movie about five times now - so far. :)
See Neil & The Band with Joni perform this very song on the following site:
https://indieblips.dailyradar.com/video/the_band_neil_young_helpless_live/
   Sincerely a Neil Young fan,
      a female feline named Beset   >^_^<


I have a new viewpoint of this song after I learned that Bob Dylan found Young's childhood home and toured it. "All my changes were there..."


I can normally tolerate Neil & his noodling. This song's got some serious soul though. Love it.
You can't strive for moments recounted in songs like this. You only know about them afterwards. Sometimes years. That's good writing.
Question, guys: with what instrument does he open this song?
nagsheadlocal wrote:
There was a series of videos floating around on YouTube not long ago, it was an extended conversation between Young and Steven Stills that had been cut up to fit the YouTube time limits. Apparently Neil and Steven had crossed paths on tour and spent some time together. It's worth looking for. The vibe between these old friends is just so warm and close as they trade stories about the old days of Buffalo Springfield and the Hollywood music scene in the mid-60s when they were a couple of unknown guys trying to make it.

 kaz wrote:

part 1 - (click here)
part 2 - (click here)
part 3 - (click here)
 
Great stuff, thanks for the links!
Incredibly touching song. Love it
East Coast = 10
10 from a guy in east Ontario!!!
What more can I say.  10

Frater_Kork wrote:
I would also feel pretty helpless if i saw Big Bird flying in the sky, casting his shadow over me...

{#Roflol} Especially if he dropped a load on you!!!

 steeler wrote:
Can't think of any singer who so consistently mines the deep emotional veins.
 
Jackson Browne?

 Frater_Kork wrote:
I would also feel pretty helpless if i saw Big Bird flying in the sky, casting his shadow over me...
 
That's good! You are getting in touch with your Inner Grover.


In the presence of the the grand NY I am somewhat helpless and grateful that he graces this planet
Can't think of any singer who so consistently mines the deep emotional veins.