"Helpless" as written by and Danny Elfman....
Countless long nights
While I stare at the wall
I ask myself over again...

How did I end up
In this little hell?
How - did it ever begin?

Oh, oh, oh oh oh helpess

Helpless to turn back the clock
That ticks on
With its cruel shiny face
It laughs while it watches
My every disgrace - I was
Born a sap - all the
Nurses laughed when they
Saw me the first time
They giggled and they said
"This poor little monster'd be
Better off dead."

Oh, oh, oh oh oh helpess

Helplessly trapped in a body
I'm sure -
Should have never been mine.
I bet that my real one's
Doing just fine - and I
Don't belong here, I
Don't belong here - I
Should be quite rich
With a big shiny car
A house with twelve rooms
I deserve to go far.

Oh, oh, oh oh oh helpess

Helplessly falling in love
But does love
Really last through the night?
To love - To honor -
To kick and to bite! and I
Don't belong here, I
Don't belong here
It's all a mistake
I was destined for greatness
A leader, a prophet -
They're just too blind to notice.

Where did this whole silly story begin?
It seems that my mind has gone -
Blank.
I think that I've messed up a chapter or two.
Perhaps it is best if I'm frank!

Oh, oh, oh oh oh helpess -

Helplessly lost like that
Poor chap who came
For an innocent dance.
He left with his brain smeared
All over his pants! cause he
Didn't belong here, he
Didn't belong here
He never should've left
That warm cage in a zoo!
His face was so ugly
What else could I do?
Can you - really blame me, I
Had to smash it.
He left me no choice,
He was just like the others.
I just had to kill him.
With my poor, dear, old
Mother.

Oh, oh, oh oh oh helpess

Helplessly fucked in the ass
By a legion of forty ex-cons
That's what it feels like
When you walk all over me.
Don't belong here, I
Don't belong here
Your eyes burn right through me.
They fill me with fear.
I could've been at home
Watching football, and drinking beer.

Oh, oh, oh oh oh helpess, so Helpless.


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"Helpless" as written by Danny Elfman

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    General CommentI think it's sort of the opposite of "Ain't This the Life?" which was in Urgh! A Music War! before Boingo had any albums, sort of like their first released song, whereas "Helpless" was included at the end of their last album (only on casette), and was sort of their "last released song".
    It's just about a guy with an awful life and how his additude isn't making anything better. He thinks he's the greatest person on the face of the earth and deserves so much more, and everything he does, including matrocide, is excusable because of his awful life.
    ModernDandyon July 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI used to listen to this song in the car on the way to chool, much to my mom's annyoance. One day she asked "Why does he say that about ex-cons? Ex-cons don't have a reputation for homosexuality!"

    Anyway, to the main meaning of the song. Looking over the lyrics just now, it occurs to me that through several verses he talks about how ugly he or someone else is, starting when he was born: "This poor little monster is better off dead!"
    It is perhaps a song about someone born with a hideous deformity. The slighty circus-like sound of the melody might perhaps be implying a "freak show" of some sort.
    The killing line is vague -- did he kill his mother, or did his mother kill someone in like fashion? There are many possibly interpretations based on which one it is.
    Taliaon March 07, 2006   Link

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