Helplessness Blues

I was raised up believing I was somehow unique
Like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes
Unique in each way you can see
And now, after some thinking, I’d say
I’d rather be a functioning cog in some great machinery
Serving something beyond me

But I don’t, I don’t know what that will be
I’ll get back to you someday soon, you will see

What’s my name, what’s my station?
Oh just tell me what I should do
I don’t need to be kind to the armies of night that would do such injustice to you
Or bow down and be grateful
And say, “sure, take all that you see,”
To the men who move only in dimly-lit halls and determine my future for me

And I don’t, I don’t know who to believe
I’ll get back to you someday soon, you will see

If I know only one thing
It’s that everything that I see
Of the world outside is so inconceivable
Often I barely can speak
Yeah I’m tongue tied and dizzy
And I can’t keep it to myself,
What good is it to sing helplessness blues?
Why should I wait for anyone else?

And I know, I know you will keep me on the shelf,
I’ll come back to you someday soon myself

If I had an orchard,, I’d work till I’m raw
If I had an orchard I’d work till I’m sore
And you would wait tables
And sing ’round the store
Gold hair in the sunlight
My light in the dawn
If I had an orchard I’d work till I’m sore

Someday I’ll be like the man on the screen…

The second album is going to be epic. 🙂


  1. Hi Emily,
    What beautiful turns of phrase, I enjoyed this as much as a California sushi roll with a magic mushroom on the side. (Disclaimer: the magic mushrooms served at my favorite sushi place are simply portobello mushrooms baked with soy sauce and ginger.) 😉

    “If I had an orchard I’d work till I’m sore,” yes, Emily, I hear you and know exactly what you mean here. Take care, love, and we’ll be seeing you real soon. Chillax. Enjoy. Love. What more is there?
    Wishing you a peaceful mind and a balanced heart,

  2. i heard this on the radio last week and had to stop what i was doing to just pay attention to how gorgeous it was. loved the first album, hope this is just as good!!! do you know when its out?

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