Helplessness Blues (5:03)

Cover of Helplessness Blues

From Helplessness Blues and 8 other releases

According to the Helplessness Blues Songfacts, the song finds Robin Pecknold reflecting on how the self-centered individualism of his youth has influenced him as a white American adult. He explained to the UK newspaper The Independent: “I wanted that song to be a completely open opinion, with no kind of poetry, if you know what I mean. It’s hard to articulate without it sounding really reductive, but I was born in the Eighties, a time of relative plenty in the United States, so I felt like the ‘individual’ thing was really emphasized when I was a kid, and I just don’t know where that has left me. If everyone’s just like this autonomous individual, y’know, to me it would be culturally…”


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  • jbusman

    "Someday I'll be like the man on the screen" makes this song one of the most heartbreaking endings in pop music...

    26 Sep 6:41pm Reply
  • Lainapie

    "Raised up believing I was something unique, now after some thinking, I'd say I'd rather be a functioning cog in some great machinery..."

    30 Mar 12:51am Reply
  • recursivechaos

    the first half of this song is one of the most beautiful things i've ever heard. not to sound corny or something

    20 Mar 6:41pm Reply
  • Tuborggoenner

    The lyrics....hmmmm sweet!

    8 Mar 2:50pm Reply
  • scomatsho

    work till I'm sore, then sell it.

    5 Mar 12:37pm Reply
  • casadivetro

    Cried so much on this song

    16 Jan 2:43pm Reply
  • corsair777

    No, rifkamattman. If you go to the place where they took the youtube video from it's the ENTIRE ALBUM by the same name as the song. Not that I'm complaining, it's a good album :D

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • rifkamattman

    is this really 50 minutes?

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • samiyam333


    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • realgoodguy

    I want an Orchard!

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Oppressotron

    'what good is it to sing helplessness blues???[2]' Because sometimes Cheezdude, it's the only peaceful way of getting all of the world off your chest.

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Cheezdude

    what good is it to sing helplessness blues???

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • MitschoMitscho

    Das ist kein Song über das Gärtnern, sondern über Zukunftsängste, so scheint mir...

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Elyssyan

    Huge Fan of this Band...Joyous Music...♥♥♥ Harmonies to die for....

    27 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ot63

    This guy romanticizes the agrarian lifestyle almost as much as Thomas Jefferson.

    27 Jun 2013 Reply
  • davemj

    these guys make brilliant, joyful music ... love

    15 May 2013 Reply
  • stupidfukk

    If I had an orchard I'd work 'till I'm sore.

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ValeriaSixx


    15 Apr 2013 Reply
  • moses19

    This is Gen Y's anthem.

    7 Apr 2013 Reply
  • danielhcantwell

    Anthem or Anti-Anthem ?

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
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