Neil Young: Helpless Meaning
Writer: OTIS, JOHNNY/DELAGARDE, MARIO
There is a town in North Ontario
Dream comfort mem'ry to spare
And in my mind I still need a place to go
All my changes were there
Blue, blue windows behind the stars
anonymous Mar 12th, 13:39 report
I played this song at my friend's funeral.
He died of Colon cancer after two years of a hard and painful battle.
We teased it during an instrumental which we played on guitar as people took communion.
I found the sentiment captured the feeling most had throughout the ordeal -
Being utterly helpless.
anonymous Feb 16th, 10:35 report
I lived in Chalk River and Sault Ste. Marie. The song's about being in Northern Ontario. It is a desolate beautiful place. There is a hopeless feeling you get living there but after you leave, you just want to go back. It pulls on you. You're helpless living there. Northern Ontario is a resource economy so jobs are cyclical. Many up there live off government jobs which are just there to put money into the local economy. It is not a bad place and people are not bad. Many are just helpless and can't make there own destiny. Many have to leave to find jobs in the South. Lots of empty nest retired people live in Northern Ontario. Kids are all in the South. The songs about the place and is truthful.
anonymous Jul 21st 2012, 08:10 report
This is one of the greatest songs ever written. The fact that no one has previously bothered to comment on it,while dozens of people make earnest comments about the cliche ridden drivel of coldplay's Viva the Vida, makes me wonder. Unlike that songs global grandiosity and historical mishmash, this is a beautiful, subtle and mystical song about home and longing and being blocked and trapped in life's mystery.
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