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Sunday Song Lyric:
I've been back home in Philadelphia this weekend for a party, and to show my in-laws around. We hit all the essential places (Independence Hall, Reading Terminal Market, Jim's Steaks, etc.). There's lots of great music from Philadelphia -- enough that I believe Philadelphia was more deserving of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame than Cleveland. There are even some songs about my hometown. While walking near Rittenhouse Square, Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom" came to mind, so I decided to make it this week's lyric. The song was a big hit in the 1970s, and has an interesting history, and here is how it begins.
I used to be a rolling stone
You know if the 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 peace of mind my daddy never had
The full lyrics, credited to long-time Elton John collaborator Bernie Taupin, are here.
Kovarsky (mail):
it's a crime that elton john gets as much credit for bernie taupin's work as he does.
2.11.2007 3:50pm
mrshl (www):
I think Taupin gets plenty of credit. It's difficult to think of another songwriter who's achieved that kind of fame solely on the basis of his lyrics. Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead comes to mind. But most famous rock lyricists (e.g., Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello, Leonard Cohen) are also notable performers who write both the words and the music.

Lots of people know about Taupin and give him ample credit for John's success.
2.11.2007 4:15pm
Barry P. (mail):
The best ever Philly song is Ween's "Freedom of '76".

Hands down.
2.11.2007 4:24pm
Kovarsky (mail):
Barry P,

Chocolate and Cheese has a lot of "best" songs in various genres.

Long live ween.
2.11.2007 5:17pm
HowardWasserman (mail):
At last, someone who recognizes that Jim's Steaks. not Pat's or Gino's, are the best in the city.
2.11.2007 6:28pm
Crunchy Frog:
Oddly enough, although the article talks about EJ's love for tennis and BJK specifically, it doesn't mention that she played for the Philadelphia Freedoms of the World Team Tennis league - hence the title.
2.12.2007 1:09am
Barry P. (mail):
Kovarsky:

Smile on mighty Jesus.

;-)
2.12.2007 10:56am
AyaK:

Oddly enough, although the article talks about EJ's love for tennis and BJK specifically, it doesn't mention that she played for the Philadelphia Freedoms of the World Team Tennis league - hence the title.


Like the song, the team was called the Philadelphia Freedom ... but it folded after reaching the WTT finals in 1974.
2.12.2007 5:31pm