Backing vocal lyrics to Help on the Way

Backing vocal lyrics to Help on the Way

Postby BrisbaneDeadHead » Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:49 pm

Please please help, this question has bugged me for years...

What do the boys sing exactly as a backing vocal in Help on the Way?

There's some arabic sounding words in there, but the one that has always puzzled me sounds like "Althea",yes, the name not the song, and appears a couple of times, eg directly after Without love in the dream it'll never come true..."

I'm referring to 70's versions of course. They must have stopped doing it at some point later on....

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Re: Backing vocal lyrics to Help on the Way

Postby JonnyBoy » Mon Jun 21, 2010 9:16 pm

are you talking about the whispered one word vocals after he sings his chorus lines? Hush and Yhea are what I think I hear...
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Re: Backing vocal lyrics to Help on the Way

Postby tigerstrat » Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:05 pm

Theia/Thea/θεά: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theia

Greek for "goddess"
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Re: Backing vocal lyrics to Help on the Way

Postby BrisbaneDeadHead » Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:52 pm

Thank you both. Do you know whether Hunter referenced the Theia goddess and what its relevance was to the song?
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Re: Backing vocal lyrics to Help on the Way

Postby ebick » Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:29 am

JonnyBoy wrote:are you talking about the whispered one word vocals after he sings his chorus lines? Hush and Yhea are what I think I hear...


After reading this request last night, I (seriously) had this dream that there were all these lyrics that I had previously missed. I was seeing them in published sheet music. I wish I remembered what they were.......
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Re: Backing vocal lyrics to Help on the Way

Postby astroman99 » Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:45 am

ebick wrote:
JonnyBoy wrote:are you talking about the whispered one word vocals after he sings his chorus lines? Hush and Yhea are what I think I hear...


After reading this request last night, I (seriously) had this dream that there were all these lyrics that I had previously missed. I was seeing them in published sheet music. I wish I remembered what they were.......


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Re: Backing vocal lyrics to Help on the Way

Postby strumminsix » Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:07 am

Where the heck is this lyric sung?
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Re: Backing vocal lyrics to Help on the Way

Postby tigerstrat » Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:17 am

strumminsix wrote:Where the heck is this lyric sung?
Between the lines of the "I will stay/ One more day/" chorus part
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Re: Backing vocal lyrics to Help on the Way

Postby strumminsix » Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:35 am

tigerstrat wrote:
strumminsix wrote:Where the heck is this lyric sung?
Between the lines of the "I will stay/ One more day/" chorus part

THANKS! LOL! I wondered that too some 20 years ago, got all obsessive trying to figure out than gave up and forgot!
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Re: Backing vocal lyrics to Help on the Way

Postby ImJerryToo » Wed May 16, 2012 7:44 pm

Wow. That's awesome. I always just thought they went "Eee-ahhh". You know... just sounds.

So what's the lyric behind the "Tssshhh" and "Hoooo" ? :)
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