Music Monday: Bruce Springsteen “Streets of Philadelphia”

-Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I love this meme and look forward to sharing a new song every week! Hope you enjoy. 🖤


This week’s pick:

Bruce Springsteen

“Streets of Philadelphia”

I picked this song today because it’s always been a favorite and came to mind after having a conversation with my wonderful friend Nel. We were talking about emotions and got into the topic of emotional movies. She did an awesome post recently titled Emotional Torture on her blog Reactionary Tales. Be sure to check it out.

One of my favorite movies, Philadelphia, stars Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Antonio Banderas, and Mary Steenburgen, to name a few. Tom Hanks acts as Andrew Beckett, a homosexual male hiding his HIV condition from his employers at a huge Philadelphia law firm. A few of the partners at the firm discover the signs that he has AIDS and he’s then fired. He searches for help, eventually calling upon Joe Miller (Denzel Washington), a homophobic lawyer. He and his lawyer sue the law firm for discrimination. This movie was inspired by a true story and it’s one if the most emotional movies I’ve seen. It’s also one of the first Hollywood films to shed light on AIDS and homophobia.

 “If you ever want to have a great moment in a motion picture, walk out a door and make sure they just put up a Bruce Springsteen song.” – Tom Hanks


I was bruised and battered, I couldn’t tell what I felt
I was unrecognizable to myself
Saw my reflection in a window and didn’t know my own face
Oh brother are you gonna leave me wastin’ away
On the streets of Philadelphia

I walked the avenue, ’til my legs felt like stone,
I heard the voices of friends, vanished and gone,
At night I could hear the blood in my veins,
It was just as black and whispering as the rain,
On the streets of Philadelphia

Ain’t no angel gonna greet me
It’s just you and I my friend
And my clothes don’t fit me no more,
A thousand miles
Just to slip this skin

Night has fallen, I’m lyin’ awake,
I can feel myself fading away,
So receive me brother with your faithless kiss,
Or will we leave each other alone like this
On the streets of Philadelphia

You can find this album on Amazon which includes other great songs like Neil Young’s “Philadelphia”


You can watch the movie trailer for Philidelphia below:

Thanks for checking out Music Monday. Do you like this song or have you seen the movie? Feel free to share thoughts and suggestions. Have a great week! 🖤

24 thoughts on “Music Monday: Bruce Springsteen “Streets of Philadelphia”

    1. Stolen Car and Hungry Heart! Love that album. Thanks so much for sharing that. Such an amazing artist and I grew up listening to him. I have to say that another one I love is I’m On Fire. There’s another one that I heard on YouTube a while back and I can’t find it now. I don’t remember the lyrics or anything. I just fell in love with the song. I need to go through his newer stuff and see if I can find it. 💖 Hope all is well. 😉😘

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  2. starjustin

    Nice post! Bruce Springsteen was always so natural and a great musician. His songs had so much to say in their lyrics. I don’t remember seeing the movie but I will now. Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington are two of my favorite actors. 🐦

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