"Philadelphia" as written by and William Charles Anderson....
Like a gun shot from miles away she's moving in
Like a rain storm without the clouds, she falls on him
Like a phone call to warn the troop that never rings

It's the truth before the lies
It's the way she doesn't try
It's the wink before the slide
In Philadelphia
In Philadelphia

They met after work one day she laughed with him
They drove off their separate ways then met for drinks
When he got home the silent gift was deafening

It's the truth before the lies
It's the way she doesn't try
It's the wink before the slide
In Philadelphia
In Philadelphia

She thought that love was going to fight
She thought that love was going to take her home
She thought love was going to save her
But love just never showed

She thought love was always watching
All we learned that love was supposed to win,
But sometimes it's the demons,
That are standing in the end

He slips off his worn out suit and tries to rest
She's a million miles away across the bend
She rolls over and puts her hand across his chest

It's the truth before the lies
It's the way she doesn't try
It's the wink before the slide
In Philadelphia
In Philadelphia
In Philadelphia
Oh


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"Philadelphia" as written by William Charles Anderson

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is so beautiful. I love how it changes from the studio sound, to an acoustic version. The emotion in his voice is truly captivating, especially when he sings, "But love just never showed" Love it!
    varsityfc16on August 04, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentmy thought is this is a song about cheating. I could be completely wrong, but that seems to be the prevailing theme. To me, this guy's in Philly on a business trip of sorts and he meets this girl. They go out a few times, have a few drinks, and he's slowly "sliding" down the slope of infidelity. She thought it would last, that love overcomes whatever commitments he's into, but that just not the case. I think the part where "sometimes its the demons that are standing in the end" are the choices they've both made. That "love" doesn't always overcome. She was in love, he had an affair. Goes back home, the girl's a "million miles away" and he's back with his wife, living with the choice he made.
    srosehon October 12, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's "She's a million miles away, across the bed"

    Also, does anyone have guitar tabs for this song? I love it!
    cwiegmann24on October 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like
    "She's a million miles away across the bed"
    because it can apply to the woman in the affair now being so far, but also his wife/partner being right next to him yet so distant in their relationship


    I also like
    "It's the way she doesn't try"
    because, again, I see how it can apply to how the woman in the affair was so effortlessly attractive, but also how his wife/partner doesn't seem to try to work things out anymore in the relationship
    toodloooon July 06, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis is such a beautiful song, but it's so sad. There's so much emotion in the music and so much meaning in the lyrics. I feel it's about infidelity. Does anyone else catch the "Philadelphia" sounds similar to infidelity?
    Anyways, going step by step with the lyrics, I feel there are subtle hints about a man cheating with another woman, while his partner at home thinks love will prevail, but it doesn't.

    Like a gun shot from miles away she's moving in
    Like a rain storm without the clouds, she falls on him
    (Possibly this part of the lyrics means that the other woman [who signifies danger and something bad looming because "gun shot" and "rain storm"] is in the guy's sight. Possibly they're meeting and she entices him)

    Like a phone call to warn the troop that never rings
    (I think this part means that he should have known she was temptation, but doesn't do anything to stop it or may not realize it)

    It's the truth before the lies
    (He is acting with his heart, maybe his feelings were genuine for the other woman, but where does that leave him with his partner at home? Perhaps a secret and lies because he didn't think and instead acted with his feelings for the new girl)

    It's the way she doesn't try
    (I feel this goes both ways for interpretation of both females. One is at home and maybe she doesn't put in the effort for the relationship. Or maybe the new one is just effortlessly enticing and she doesn't have to try to be.)

    It's the wink before the slide
    (Wink? Symbolizes something flirty and sly? Before the guy slides into infidelity?)

    In Philadelphia
    In Philadelphia
    (Infidelity?)

    They met after work one day she laughed with him
    They drove off their separate ways then met for drinks
    When he got home the silent gift was deafening
    (He had a good time with the new woman, but soon feels guilty when he gets home.)

    It's the truth before the lies
    It's the way she doesn't try
    It's the wink before the slide
    In Philadelphia
    In Philadelphia

    She thought that love was going to fight
    She thought that love was going to take her home
    She thought love was going to save her
    But love just never showed
    (Here, I think the girlfriend believed that they were going to last and that love would prevail, but it doesn't)

    She thought love was always watching
    All we learned that love was supposed to win,
    But sometimes it's the demons,
    That are standing in the end
    (So he cheated, his demons [temptations overcame him] overpowered love.)

    He slips off his worn out suit and tries to rest
    She's a million miles away across the bend
    She rolls over and puts her hand across his chest
    (He's tired, gets into bed, but the girlfriend feels so distant even when she rolls over and puts her hand on his chest. Their relationship is slipping and they're growing further apart.)

    It's the truth before the lies
    It's the way she doesn't try
    It's the wink before the slide
    In Philadelphia
    In Philadelphia
    In Philadelphia
    Oh
    (Again, I repeat infidelity. It sounds very similar to "in Philadelphia")
    brazilianbuttwaxon October 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA couple of corrections: it should read "silent guilt" and "across the bed". This is a very powerful song and the last few long notes he holds at the end ate very haunting. Incredible band!!
    DublinHurricaneon February 11, 2015   Link

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