"You've Got A Friend In Pennsylvania" as written by Cyrus William Bolooki, Chad Everett Gilbert, Ian R. Grushka, Stephen Lee Klein and Jordan I. Pundik....
My heart is pumping
For one reason.
Maybe it's my imagination,
But it's true.
It's all in your hands.
I no longer
Have this on my shoulders.

Oh no,
It must be something I said.
Love is another word for regret.
You know,
It must be part of my plan.
It's never too late to understand.

And I
Wanted it to be
Something more than
Just another run-around for me.
And even though
I'm glad that I'm finally free.
All that's left for my life
Is now up to me.

And I
Walk around for days
And I
Only see you in my dreams.

Wait for me like I've waited for you.

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"You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania" as written by Cyrus William Bolooki Chad Everett Gilbert

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  • +2
    General CommentThis seems to be a very reflective song. To me, it seems like it jumps through time though. It's almost as if it's going between the past and present in between verses and the chorus. That's what interests me in this song so.

    'my heart is pumping
    for one reason
    maybe it's my imagination
    but it's true
    it's all in your hands
    i no longer
    have this on my shoulders'

    I think the song starts out in the past. He's remembering something that happened. in a relationship some time ago, but as it turns out, it meants a lot to him. It seems as though there's been an incident. Something that he must have really messed up on, and it's now implied that it's it's no longer on his shoulders. Meaning what they're going to do about it is not up to him...the success of their relationship lies in her hands. In forgiving him for what he did, if you will

    'oh no
    it must be something i said
    love is another word for regret
    you know
    it must be part of my plan
    it's never too late to understand'

    Again, he's reflecting in the past. Remembering what he did. He's obviously said something that didn't go off to well with her. He really does love her and regrets what he did deeply. Maybe if he can convince her that he didn't mean it, then everything will be okay. I think most of us men have been down that road.

    'and i
    wanted it to be
    something more than
    just another run-around for me
    and even though...
    i'm glad that i'm finally free
    all that's left for my life
    is now up to me'

    This is where I think the song changes time. It's the present now and he's remembering how he really wanted to make this work. It was a very meaningful relationship to him, and maybe he's realized that recently (or maybe not-maybe he realized it shortly after the incident or even before). The run-around line implies that relationships before this were possibly not serious, or just not meaningful to him. He may be free from the problems that they had, but his success in life is still going to always come down to that same line. Is he going to be able to make it work? It's really up to him in the decisions he makes.

    'and i
    walk around for days
    and i
    only see you in my dreams'

    It's still the present, and he's realizing how much he can't stop thinking about her. But she's only in his dreams, a part of the past that he may never see again. But deep down inside, he really wants her back.

    'wait for me like i've waited for you'

    My favorite line in this song by far. This could almost be a decleration to himself. Maybe it is. What he means by this is that he really wants her to give him another chance, to 'wait for him'. Maybe for him to mature, like he's waited for her to forgive him. That seems to be another aspect of us men as well. Always being waited on to mature. But he's right, it takes both of them. They're waiting on each other.

    That's how I see it anyway. My 2 cents.
    MajinCloudon April 01, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"because nfg's from pa. and pa's motto (used to be on the license plates) is 'you've got a friend in pennsylvania'. isn't it awful?" ......NFG is from Coral Springs, Florida def not Pennsylvania but this is def one of their best songs
    PoeticTradegyon March 22, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song seems to be about transition in one's life when a relationship has ended or changed.
    What I'm curious about is the title, a girl in PA, or just the feeling of needing a friend and looking at an old license plate or bumper sticker? But it does seem to fit. In Pennsylvania, "back in the day", transients used to wander through frequently and people would feed them or leave doors unlocked so they could get a drink of cold water. You've got a friend in Pennsylvania was a motto used in ads and seen on license plates. Pennsylvania is changing.
    Maybe that's what its about? Things change.
    Salierion August 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about someone who doesn't know what they want. they don't want to lose what they have, but they don't want to lose out on other chances, either, so they ask them to stay. i can relate to this so well because this is exactly how i am... never sure you've got the best... til it's gone
    Doodleon April 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother great love sucks song. Love truly is another word for regret, and NFG has summed this up very well.
    xo12chikita25xoon April 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts True!," love is another word for regret "
    Nick180on May 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is how im feeling right now "it's all in your hands.
    i no longer have this on my shoulders. " but at the same time "and i
    walk around for days
    and i
    only see you in my dreams.

    wait for me like i've waited for you."

    xxxDARKIRISxxxon May 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that this song is short but sweet. It's got strong lyrics but why the hell is it called u got a friend in pennsylvania????? Who knows!? :)
    SMUSER19348on May 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentkewl song
    jeffhardyfan4lifeon May 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentkewl song
    jeffhardyfan4lifeon May 09, 2002   Link

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