Elton John - Philadelphia Freedom Lyrics

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

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

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

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  1. Lisa Weiner

    Elton John is great!👍

  2. Helen Pahlke

    I saw EJ perform in Brisbane Australia on 18th December 2019, as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. And he performed this song!!!! One of my all time EJ faves. Now i can't get it out of my head. Thank you Elton, for giving me a lifetime of your music. Your music will live forever

  3. Eric Holloway

    Philly Philly is where I'm from. Love this song

  4. Bob Lewis

    What a great song! Enjoy it! Rock On!

  5. c Dittmer

    Written about Billie Jean King

  6. Mouko#1 The Real One

    12/16/19 views 4.057.350 likes 16.122 & dislikes 1.045 enjoy !

  7. Busyboy 42

    About 20 years ago got stopped for speeding while listening to this. About 3am on a Sunday morning in my V8 SD1, engine sounding wonderful on a hot balmy july morning, and this came on the radio. And foot went down! And blue lights behind me. Whoops!

  8. Grover Grandle

    All songs great from 75, especially Philadelphia freedom

  9. John Pharms

    When this song came out I had a terrible crush on Billy Jean King the tennis player. Elton John made song for her and her professional tennis team. One of the best songs ever.

    Allan Surdi

    Thought it was after a soccer team in England?

  10. Rita Shaw

    "Shine the light, shine the light, shine the light, won't you shine the light, Philidelpia freedom, don't you know I love you, yes I do!"

  11. Rita Shaw

    One of my favorite Elton songs..."Cause I'm living free this Philidelpia freedom, from the day when I was born to wave the flag!"

  12. charles mann

    Philly Sound, Great Tune!

  13. virgie robinson

    Sir Elton John👏👏👏my favorite artist💯💯💯

  14. James Jones

    I grew up listening to this kind of music and I still my doses every now and again. I love it. It takes me back to good days!

  15. Robert Kerns


  16. Dawn DonYou

    In 1975 I was 4 years old, my mom and dad split up, my mom moved to Houston, Tx to live with her mom, I stayed in Lake Charles with my dad, it was a confusing time for me then, one weekend I went to stay with my mom, I vaguely remember a few details of that weekend with her. One memory stands out loud and clear tho, on our way back to bring me home, we're flyin down I-10(or so it feels like it), the windows down, my long hair flyin around like medusa in the hot humid balmy Louisiana weather, the radio cranked up, and then I hear it, Phi- la- delphia Freedom, and I was hooked, I've loved Sir Elton John ever since I was 4 years old, I love all of his music, it awakens a deep happiness in me that I don't even care to try to figure out, I just go with it. Thank you Sir Elton John for a lifetime of awesome tunes

  17. Ryan Feyrer

    As a philly native this song is fantastic hype song for celebration of wins of our Phillies eagles sixers and the flyers PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM!!!

  18. ted ritola


  19. Cedric Herrera

    The bass part is so good

  20. David Lemieux

    And I love America

  21. David Lemieux

    Thanks for American soldiers keep Freedom alive

  22. Julie Mack

    Love this song.....

  23. The Pepperpot

    Ha! "Captain Fantastic"! I didn't know Elton had this as an album title. That's cool. So just like all the other hip young Londoners back in 1967/68, young Reg must have been a fan of "kids" comedy show "Do Not Adjust Your Set". It had a recurring segment about a mac-wearing superhero named "Captain Fantastic" that became its own show after DNAYS was cancelled (and Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam went on to join John Cleese and Graham Chapman to create Monty Python).

  24. Sky Blylevin

    That bassline is liquid.

  25. Jeremy DeLia07

    Just saw his final ever show in Philadelphia! God bless this man

  26. pardyhardly


  27. Frank Olivas

    I saw you in the pot shot, I saw you as cute, I am 63. Does that disappoint you? I Love you.

  28. Frank Olivas

    Shine the light yas , I do

  29. Frank Olivas

    What I meant, was ,,, ha ,, ha, was ,,,,huh?

  30. Frank Olivas

    I used to a rolling stone ,,, bitch

  31. Kyle Downs

    Who’s seeing him live on November 16 2019!?

  32. John John

    He wasn't even American, just capitalizing.

    Luther Billis

    No, he knew we were better, he knew we were special, and I agree and love Elton for that!

  33. missrawrawr

    Gosh what a song 😍 always come back to this 💞

  34. Raymond Bowers

    Elton.i grew up with you in the the 70s.your still the best.your friend raymond.

  35. Elaine Roberts

    Love this ..

  36. RT Elkin

    Nothing is more Philly than this song, Papa was a Rolling Stone, & Ween's Freedom of 76

  37. 007 James

    Elton John song's was always mellow on those hot summer nights and getting stone ! those were the days ! Fast car's fast women and plenty of Weed & booze !

  38. Robert Kerns

    OMG i love Elton John, I remember i bugged my mama until she bought this album

  39. Clifford Carter

    Who's the haters wtf post your name bitch

  40. les covington

    Man that is good. I love this song. YES I DO, dont you know that i love, love, love, well you get the idea.

  41. David Vega

    I dedicate this song too you Gia carangi. Love David Vega.

  42. markie mark

    I might be a Texan, but I will always be Philadelphian in my heart♥️💙😭

  43. Pamela Anderson

    I love all of his songs so much Sir Elton John oh Yeah I need his help

  44. J Miller

    1:13 Those prideful chords!

  45. butchdugan

    A piece of mama, daddy never had!

  46. George Vreeland Hill

    My first girlfriend played this song on our first date.

  47. Ri G0d

    Free Skinny Joey

  48. Jeannie Harmon

    reminds me of a trip i made to new jersey, new york, years ago. good memories

  49. Ronald Charles Epstein

    Elton John's unique tribute to America.


    A tribute to Billie Jean King!!

    Ronald Charles Epstein

    @JAG Was she from Philadelpia?


    @Ronald Charles Epstein Yes!

    Ronald Charles Epstein

    @JAG IMDB lists her birthplace as "Long Beach, California, USA". (URL:https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0973361/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1)

  50. to whom it may cocern.

    i like this song very much. but this song ain't no get in brown dirt cow boy & captain fantastic。OMG😫

  51. Antoine Townsend

    Elton John Philelphila Freedom

  52. Dominique Roux

    This superb piece of Elton, remember a time where all was look simpler than today, Real good piece ;)

  53. Dan Mackey

    Takes me back to 1976. Canoga Park, Calif.

  54. Winifred Ogilvie

    Anyone born from 1950 thru 1960. Knows what I'm talking about! ❤👽🛸

  55. Dale Wood

    MAGICAL to this day, ANY day....<3D

  56. downshall

    Love that Philadelphia cream cheese

  57. Kevin McRae

    Is this the Greatest Album Ever ?
    Exile On Main Street ?
    Abbey Road ?
    Physical Graffiti ?
    Impossible to decide

  58. doug thompson

    When I was a teen this song came out. I thought the skies had opened and here comes jesus. During it's run at the top of the charts I became head grocery bagger at the Kroger I worked at, because I fast-bag-jammed when the song came on the store speakers.

  59. Michael Hackett

    This is Elton John doing what he was great at.

  60. M Prince

    I love this song and it is great 2019

  61. Chris Boylan

    Mad props to Paul Buckmaster

  62. Michael Iveson

    I am a member just to confirm you and your partner are one hell of nice humans thank you so muck

  63. Brett Adams

    Hey young American,News flash. This song came out in 1975. I know I was 17 at time. Just sayin.

  64. russell wilson

    Elton John is Mr. Fantastic. Love you man.

  65. Lo Pony

    The theme song to the 79s tennis craze!!🎾
    I heard this was a tribute to Bollie Jean King

  66. GrayTon

    hm. i am 13 and love rock

  67. Dawn Lowenstein

    I really enjoy this song!

  68. Hot line Gold

    Love it, sixers, flyers, eagles, phillies, cheese steaks, work best city in the world

  69. Tina Benéz

    Elton's Best Single! 8-) And one of the Best Records Ever, period! <3

  70. DSAS

    the musicianship in this one song is a very good example of how creative everyone in a band can be, playing one tune together

  71. Edfísica ASCES 2017.1

    uma das músicas mais bonitas de elton

  72. Terrance Ellington

    Go eagles

  73. I Play One On T.V.

    Honestly, even after all these years I've never been able to figure out how Elton John got knighted by the Queen of England after this song became public.

  74. Lee Willavise

    His best in my opinion yet grossly underrated

  75. Dale Wood


  76. lynne aaron

    i truly love this song and i just seen the movie rocketman and have so much respect for him.


    any boy like to sing ? pm //love XRP as well

  78. Jay Brown

    Ezz.sonia.be good your my girl.

  79. Jay Brown

    You are my girlfriend be good

  80. DOLLIN

    Music has been far less poetic and more of a collection of statements and questions....

  81. jimmy allen

    i don't know about philadelphia now, but a fantastic song.

  82. Leo Poveda

    Didn't have a care in the world back then - gentler times.

    Biobot One

    Leo Poveda Not One! Peace my friend.

  83. Biobot One

    I love that Elton made this song! It shows that America is a very special place! Notice Elton lives here.

  84. Ruby Redbird

    Awesome 🙂

  85. Editor Sampson

    I look at a DEEPER meaning in this song. Philadelphia, where the longest lasting Constitution was born. FREEDOM! ALL colors, ALL sexes, ALL religions, ALL people, ALL beliefs, ALL cultures, ALL inclusive, ALL ideas. Elton John is a "soundboard" sent from peoples "God's". He is a true DIAMOND!

  86. The Cornered Fanatic

    As a straight male I can say I love this song and all gays


    And when this song came out, nobody cared who was gay or straight. We just liked good music.

  87. Tim McCreary


  88. Greg N

    This song was NOT on the original release of this album. It's a bonus track on the rerelease.

  89. Michael Kuhn

    I remember this song back went I was Young in my 18 and love the song and love it now

  90. Kristin J

    Who’s listening in 2019

  91. Clifford Carter

    Who's the haters?? Calling you out bitch

  92. Victor Ortiz

    In 75 i was 6 and man this song brings me back like if it was yesterday man i miss it and its a great feeling to remember all those great memories!

  93. Jae Yuki

    This song always sounds like the opening theme of an 80's sitcom to me lol

  94. Matt Keesee


  95. Patricia Scully


  96. Michael Iveson

    sir Elton will never stop he has given a lot TOO MUCH I joined his group on nfacebook WHAT A GUY I WILL ALWAYS LISTEN TO HIS MUSIC HE DESERVES HIGER THAN SIR