What does Philadelphia Freedom mean?

Elton John: Philadelphia Freedom Meaning

Album cover for Philadelphia Freedom album cover

Song Released: 1975


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...

  1. anonymous
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    Jul 1st !⃝

    The lyrics "Knee High to a Man" is metaphorical, so "Knee High" means a child because children are small/short, like so small/short, you are only "Knee High" tall.... So it would be the same as saying Philadelphia Freedom brought him from "Childhood to Adulthood"... So NO, do NOT think "Knee High to a Man" is anything sexual, it's not... His Freedom brought him from Childhood (knee high) to Adulthood (head high)... Hope this explains the misconception.

  2. anonymous
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    Dec 14th 2022 !⃝

    It is indeed a tribute to Billy Jean King. It’s not piece of mama
    Daddy never had moron. Learn the lyrics before you start trying to interpret EJs music

  3. anonymous
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    Mar 19th 2018 !⃝

    I believe Sir. Elton John's song ''Philadelphia Freedom'' for me was/is always more about a giving tribute to the 'utopian dream' of what our founding father, who was our pacifist daddy William Penn the Quaker that couldn't give in, to Those at the time. But had started the American dream altogether with the American Indians and the Quakers there that became Pennsylvania as a friendly joint and coexistence living environment of Brotherly Love and the freedom rights of living Their life and dream there that was called the ''Holy Experiment''. Which was/is to me about the ''Philadelphia Freedom'' in America.

  4. anonymous
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    Sep 17th 2013 !⃝

    Knee high to a man, speakes for itself. a piece of mama, daddy never had. dont take too much working out does it.

  5. rlquall
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    May 18th 2013 !⃝

    "Philadelphia Freedom" is indeed about Billie Jean King, one of the first big-time athletes to be "out". She was the head coach of the Philadelphia Freedoms of World Team Tennis, and as such was the first woman to coach a pro team including male athletes. Elton credited her with being one of the people who gave him the courage to come out himself. This gave him the "peace of mind my daddy never had."

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 18th 2013 !⃝

    Billie Jean King??? Give us a break.

  7. anonymous
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    Sep 14th 2012 !⃝

    This song was written to honor Billie Jean King, famous tennis star of the 70's and fellow homosexual

  8. anonymous
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    Sep 29th 2011 !⃝

    Knee high to a man?


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