Philadelphia Boy

Philadelphia Boy 2016-05-12T16:52:51+00:00

Across the old Delaware, I fell apart in the city of brotherly love

And the winter bit hard through the holes in my jacket

And my thoughts leaned toward giving up.

 

See I’ve been dragging these weary old bones through the world

Trying to find somewhere I could belong

‘Til a cold wind on walnut street shook the elm tree

and it sounded to me like a song…it said

 

When you’re down and you’re out

And don’t remember the feeling of joy

You can lean on me brother, I won’t let you fall

Not while I’m a Philadelphia boy,

oh lord not while I’m a Philadelphia boy

 

Took a walk through the city, bumped shoulders with strangers

The sinners, the saints and the thieves

Looked in faces befitting a cynical age

But we so desperately want to believe

 

When I needed a doctor, a brother, a friend

Turned out I wasn’t so far from my home

My sweet Philadelphia opened her arms

and took me in like I was one of her own…and said

 

When you’re down and you’re out

And don’t remember the feeling of joy

You can lean on me brother, I won’t let you fall

Not while I’m a Philadelphia boy,

oh lord not while I’m a Philadelphia boy

 

just a rounder in need of a home

and a brother who won’t let me go

Benny Franklin’s an old friend you know

He’s more than a face on a $100 bill

He’s an old Philadelphia boy

 

Now I wasn’t raised Christian but I was raised good

I never looked to no heavens above

But this wretched old soul is in safe hands tonight

In the city of brotherly love

 

So I’ll be out for a slice of Lorenzo tonight with a poker chip tight in my hand

And if you need a ride, I’ll be parked right outside

And if you need a brother, brother I’m your man

 

When you’re down and you’re out

And don’t remember the feeling of joy

You can lean on me brother, I won’t let you fall

Not while I’m a Philadelphia boy,

oh lord not while I’m a Philadelphia boy