PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM – for SONG LYRIC SUNDAY

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PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM – for SONG LYRIC SUNDAY

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 7/2/17

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It’s time for another Song Lyric Sunday. Today’s theme prompt is to find a song about freedom. This fits in with the 4th of July Holiday, but there are all kinds of freedom. We are blessed to live where freedom is a way of life, and we should never take it for granted.

Happy 4th of July – Independence Day! 🙂

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“Philadelphia Freedom”, by Elton John, is a single, released in 1975. It was written by Elton John, and Bernie Taupin. The labels are MCA (US) and DJM (UK).

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The song was written as a favor to Elton John’s friend, tennis star, Billie Jean King. She was part of the Philadelphia Freedoms tennis team. However…

This is a quote from the Wikipedia article about the song…and this is how I always thought of it, too.

~Some have interpreted “Philadelphia Freedom” as an American patriotic song, owing to patriotic lyrics such as “From the day I was born I waved the flag,” the history of Philadelphia as being symbolic with American ideals of freedom as Philadelphia was the site of the Constitutional Convention, houses the Liberty Bell and served as the first capitol of the United States, along with the song’s release, which coincided with the United States Bicentennial.[8]

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I used to be a rolling stone you know
If a cause was right
I’d leave to find the answer on the road
I used to be a heart beating for someone
But the times have changed
The less I say the more my work gets done

‘Cause I live and breathe this Philadelphia freedom
From the day that I was born I’ve waved the flag
Philadelphia freedom took me knee high to a man, yeah
Gave me a piece of mama, daddy never had

Oh Philadelphia freedom, shine on me, I love you
Shine the light, through the eyes of the ones left behind
Shine the light, shine the light
Shine the light, won’t you shine the light
Philadelphia freedom, I love-ve-ve you, yes I do

If you choose to you can live your life alone
Some people choose the city (some people the city)
Some others choose the good old family home (some others choose a good old)
I like living easy without family ties (living easy)
Till the whippoorwill of freedom zapped me
Right between the eyes

‘Cause I live and breathe this Philadelphia freedom
From the day that I was born I’ve waved the flag
Philadelphia freedom took me knee high to a man
Mm mm, gave me a piece of mama, daddy never had

Oh Philadelphia freedom, shine on me, I love you
Shine the light, through the eyes of the ones left behind
Shine the light, shine the light
Shine the light, won’t you shine the light
Philadelphia freedom, I love-ve-ve you, yes I do

Oh, Philadelphia freedom, shine on me, I love you
Shine the light, through the eyes of the ones left behind
Shine the light, shine the light
Shine the light, won’t you shine the light
Philadelphia freedom, I love-ve-ve,
You know I love-ve-ve , you know I love-ve-ve you
Yes I do, Philadelphia freedom
I love-ve-ve you
Yes I do, Philadelphia freedom
You know that I love-ve-ve you
Yes I do, Philadelphia freedom
Don’t you know that I love-ve-ve you
Yes I do, Philadelphia freedom
Don’t you know that I love-ve-ve you
Yes I do, Philadelphia freedom

10 responses »

    • Glad you enjoyed this one. I’ve never been to Philadelphia, but my daughter went one time. I’m sure there would be lots of history to reflect on in that city. 🙂

    • Well, that makes more sense, as to the song, and what most people would think it’s about. Maybe it was as a favor to the tennis star, but seemed it had nothing to do with tennis! 🙂

  1. I love me some Elton, and this is one of my favorites. (“Your Song” is my ultimate.) By the way, if you ever get a chance to go to Philly, grab it. If you enjoy history and Americana, it’s a treasure to visit….

    • There are so many great Elton songs, it’s hard to pick just one. I do like learning about history now. I didn’t when I was in school, though. Maybe someday, if we ever travel again… 🙂

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