STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA

Official studio version


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
So brother are you gonna leave me wasting away
On the streets of Philadelphia

(Li-li li-li-li-li, li-li li-li-li-li)
(Li-li li-li-li-li, li-li li-li-li-li)
(Li-li li-li-li-li, li-li li-li-li-li)
(Li-li li-li-li-li, li-li li-li-li-li)

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
Just as black and whispering as the rain
On the streets of Philadelphia

(Li-li li-li-li-li, li-li li-li-li-li)
(Li-li li-li-li-li, li-li li-li-li-li)
(Li-li li-li-li-li, li-li li-li-li-li)
(Li-li li-li-li-li, li-li li-li-li-li)

Ain't no angel gonna greet me
It's just you and I my friend
And my clothes don't fit me no more
I walked a thousand miles just to slip this skin

The night has fallen, I'm lying 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

(Li-li li-li-li-li, li-li li-li-li-li)
(Li-li li-li-li-li, li-li li-li-li-li)
(Li-li li-li-li-li, li-li li-li-li-li)
(Li-li li-li-li-li, li-li li-li-li-li)
(Li-li li-li-li-li, li-li li-li-li-li)
(Li-li li-li-li-li, li-li li-li-li-li)
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Info

STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA is a song written by Bruce Springsteen for the 1993 film Philadelphia. The above lyrics are for Springsteen studio version of STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA as released in 1993.

The song won many awards including Academy Award For Best Original Song, Grammy Award For Song Of The Year, Grammy Award For Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or Television, Grammy Award For Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, and Grammy Award For Best Rock Song. It was also nominated for Grammy Award For Record Of The Year.

The official studio version of STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA was included on the Greatest Hits (1995 edition) compilation album, The Essential Bruce Springsteen (both 2003 and 2015 editions) compilation album, and the Collection: 1973-2012 compilation album.

Composition and Recording

In early 1993, director Jonathan Demme asked Springsteen to write a song for his in-progress film Philadelphia. Springsteen complied and wrote the song around June 1993, after the conclusion of his World Tour 1992-1993. The song was registered at the U.S. Copyright Office on 27 Aug 1993.

Copyright entry:
Type of Work: Music
Registration Number / Date: PAu001786627 / 1993-08-27
Title: Streets of Philadelphia.
Description: Sound cassette + lyrics sheet.
Notes: Words & music.
Copyright Claimant: Bruce Springsteen
Date of Creation: 1993
Names: Springsteen, Bruce

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Music Video

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Official Releases

Various artists -- Philadelphia - Music From The Motion Picture
Various artists -- Philadelphia - Music From The Motion Picture

CD - Epic Soundtrax (EK 57624) - USA, 1993

Greatest Hits 1995 Edition

Greatest Hits (1995 edition) is a collection of some of Bruce Springsteen's hit singles and popular album tracks through the years, in addition to four previously unreleased songs, three of which were recorded with the E Street Band in 1995 – Springsteen's first release with his backing band since the late eighties. Some of the songs on Greatest Hits are shorter versions of the original album releases.

In 1994 Bruce Springsteen recorded an album that was never released. His manager Jon Landau wasn't a fan of the project and recommended shelving it and focusing more on a "career overview". This lead to the Greatest Hits sessions with the E Street Band in 1995. Springsteen called the band in early January to record some new songs for the album and they assembled for the recording sessions on 09 Jan 1995 at The Hit Factory in New York City, NY. The sessions, which lasted about ten days, were the band's first studio reunion in 11 years (since the Born In The U.S.A. sessions) and their first ever with Nils Lofgren.

Bruce Springsteen -- Greatest Hits
Bruce Springsteen -- Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits was released on 27 Feb 1995 on Columbia Records. It was commercially successful, debuting at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 where it stayed on the chart for 32 weeks. It also peaked at #1 in Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and many European countries. By 2008 the album had sold more than four million copies in the United States.

In 2013, Sony Music reissued the album in Venezuela as part of its Star Collection series, which was made exclusively for the Venezuelan market via Sony Music Venezuela in 2013. The album is titled after the series and features totally different artwork. Just like on Greatest Hits, the songs are shorter versions of the original album releases.

Bruce Springsteen -- Star Collection
Bruce Springsteen -- Star Collection

CD - Sony Music (001) - Venezuela, 2013

The Essential Bruce Springsteen

The Essential Bruce Springsteen is a compilation album released as part of Sony BMG'S (previously Sony Music Entertainment) series of "Essential" sets. According to Springsteen's liner notes comments, the collection was intended as an introduction to his music for new fans who attended shows on The Rising Tour.

The collection is fundamentally a 2-disc set (clocking at 153:37) compiling songs from all of Springsteen's studio albums to date plus his Live In New York City release. A 3-disc limited edition (clocking at 201:04) was also released. It includes a bonus third disc comprising of a selection of rarities and previously unreleased recordings.

The Essential Bruce Springsteen was released on 11 Nov 2003 on Columbia Records. It debuted and peaked at #14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart where it spent 13 weeks. It also reached #28 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was awarded certified gold and platinum records by the RIAA on 16 Dec 2003.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition)

The Essential Bruce Springsteen was reissued on 16 Oct 2015, this time as a 2-disc set (clocking at 156:25) with an updated track list, compiling songs from all of Springsteen's studio albums to date plus his Greatest Hits (1995 edition) collection. This 2015 reissue features remastered tracks not found in that form on other Springsteen releases.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition)

Collection: 1973-2012

Collection: 1973-2012 is a Bruce Springsteen compilation album released on Columbia Records in 2013. It was released on 08 Mar 2013 in Australia and 15 Apr 2013 in Europe. The compilation was not released commercially in the United States. Instead, a promotional version was given out exclusively to $1,500 ticket holders at the "MusiCares Person Of The Year" tribute event held in Los Angeles, CA, on 08 Feb 2013. The event honoured Springsteen for both his artistic achievements and philanthropic efforts. The compilation consists of 18 previously released studio tracks.

Bruce Springsteen -- Collection: 1973-2012
Bruce Springsteen -- Collection: 1973-2012

Single Release

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Other Official Releases

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The official studio version of STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA also appears on some various artists albums.

Various artists -- What's New - Januar/Februar '94
Various artists -- What's New - Januar/Februar '94

CD - Columbia (SAMP 2044) - Germany, 1993

Promotional compilation.
Various artists -- See It Together
Various artists -- See It Together

CD - Sony Music (SAMP 543) - Australia, 1994

Promotional compilation.
Various artists -- Danke 1994 Pop
Various artists -- Danke 1994 Pop

CD - Sony Music (CD 1994) - Germany, 1994

Promotional compilation.
Various artists -- Hit Parade Sampler Vol. 8 1994
Various artists -- Hit Parade Sampler Vol. 8 1994

CD - Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan (unknown catalog number) - Taiwan, 1994

Promotional compilation.
Various artists -- 1995 Grammy Nominees
Various artists -- 1995 Grammy Nominees

CD - Grammy Recordings / Sony Music (CK 67043) - USA, 1995
Various artists -- Diana, Princess Of Wales - Tribute
Various artists -- Diana, Princess Of Wales - Tribute

2xCD - Columbia (C2K 69012) - USA, 1997
2xCD - Columbia (489333 2) - Europe, 1997

This is a benefit album for the Diana Princess Of Wales Memorial Fund.
Various artists -- Kuschelrock 9
Various artists -- Kuschelrock 9

2xCD - Columbia (COL 480999 2) - Germany, 1995
2xCD - Columbia (COL 480999 9) - Germany, 1996
2xCD - Sony Music Media (SMM 480999 2) - Germany, 1995
2xCD - Sony Music Media (SMM 480999 2) - Germany, 1999
2xCD - Sony Music Media (SMM 480999 5) - Germany, 1999
2xCD - Sony Music Media (SMM 480999 0) - Germany, 2003
2xCD - Sony Music Media (SMM4809997) - Germany, 2004
2xCD - Sony BMG (88697 27176 2) - Germany, 2008
Various artists -- Knuffelrock 7
Various artists -- Knuffelrock 7

2xCD - Columbia (COL 481452 2) - Belgium, 1999
Various artists -- Knuffelrock 4
Various artists -- Knuffelrock 4

2xCD - Magnum (481 190-2) - Holland, 1995
Knuffelrock Special Edition - Die schönsten Film-Hits Allertijden
Various artists -- Knuffelrock Special Edition - Die schönsten Film-Hits Allertijden

2xCD - Sony Music Media (SMM 494128 2) - Germany, 1999
Knuffelrock Special Edition - De Mooiste Film-Hits Allertijden
Various artists -- Knuffelrock Special Edition - De Mooiste Film-Hits Allertijden

2xCD - Sony Music Media (SMM 494473 2) - Netherlands, 1999
Knuffelrock Special Edition - De Mooiste Filmhits Allertijden
Various artists -- Knuffelrock Special Edition - De Mooiste Filmhits Allertijden

2xCD - Sony Music Media (SMM 494494 2) - Belgium, 1999
Various artists -- Now That's What I Call Movies
Various artists -- Now That's What I Call Movies

3xCD - Universal Music Group / Sony Music (5099940937120) - Europe, 2013
Various artists -- Now That's What I Call Movies
Various artists -- Now That's What I Call Movies

CD - Universal Music Group / Sony Music (88875051232) - USA, 2015

Other versions of STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen -- King's Hall, Belfast March 19, 1996
The live 19 Mar 1996 version of STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA was released on the King's Hall, Belfast March 19, 1996 official live download in 2017.

Live History: on-tour

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Appearance in Movies

Bruce Springsteen's LIFT ME UP appears in one movie.

Promotional poster for the film "Philadelphia"
It was used in the 1993 film Philadelphia, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. It was also included in the film's soundtrack album.

The song plays during the opening sequence and during a scene about 27 minutes in.

Covers

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Philadelphia Project -- Streets Of Philadelphia
Philadelphia Project -- Streets Of Philadelphia

CD EP - BPR Records (0065045BPM) - Germany, 1994

This is a 4-track EP that contains three mixes of Philadelphia Project's cover version of STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA.
Various artists -- One Step Up / Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- One Step Up / Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen

2xCD - The Right Stuff (7243 8 59780 2 9) - USA, 1997
2xCD - EMI (TOCP-50377/8) - Japan, 1997

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. Disc 1 was reissued in 2000 as The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen. STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA is performed by Richie Havens.
Session musicians featuring David West -- Pickin' On Springsteen: A Tribute
Session musicians featuring David West -- Pickin' On Springsteen: A Tribute

CD - CMH (CD-8510) - USA, 1999

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. It was reissued in 2007 under the title "Bluegrass Interpretations Of Bruce Springsteen", under the same label and with catalog number CD 5227.
American Boys -- Bruce Springsteen - Coverversion
American Boys -- Bruce Springsteen - Coverversion

CD - Azzurra (TBP 1113) - Italy, 2000

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. It was reissued in 2003 under the title Bruce Springsteen: The Best - Cover 100%, with catalog number TBP 1152 and with a different artwork.
Richard Coleman -- I Can't Believe It's Not... Bruce Springsteen
Richard Coleman -- I Can't Believe It's Not... Bruce Springsteen

CD - Pegasus (ICBINCD 047) - Germany, 2001

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Studio 99 -- Born In The USA: Springsteen - A Tribute
Studio 99 -- Born In The USA: Springsteen - A Tribute

CD - Going For A Song (GFS402) - UK, 2001

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- Tribute To Bruce Springsteen: Made In the U.S.A.
Various artists -- Tribute To Bruce Springsteen: Made In the U.S.A.

CD - Purple Pyramid (CLP 1049-2) - USA, 2001

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA is performed by Bob Khaleel.
Nick White -- The Music Of Bruce Springsteen
Nick White -- The Music Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Millennium Gold (MG2110) - Holland, 2002

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
The Section -- Hometown: The String Quartet Tribute To Springsteen
The Section -- Hometown: The String Quartet Tribute To Springsteen

CD - Vitamin (CD 8678) - USA, 2002

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Session musicians -- Super Instrumental
Session musicians -- Super Instrumental

CD - O6epir-XXI / Vikkon (no catalog number) - Ukraine, 2003

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- Born To Run 2003 Volume One
Various artists -- Born To Run 2003 Volume One

CD - Uncut (2003 04A) - UK, 2003

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. It's a free CD (volume 1 of 2) issued exclusively with the April 2003 issue of Uncut magazine. STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA is performed by Marah.
Various artists -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

2xCD - Schoolhouse Records (SHR0022-2) - USA, 2003
3xCD - Good Sounds (DM 797-02) - Spain, 2003
2xCD - Good Sounds (DM 797E-02) - Spain, 2003
2xCD - Revolver (REV XD244) - UK, 2004
2xCD - Sony (MHCP-928/9) - Japan, 2005
2xCD - Sony Records (MHCO 928-929) - Japan, 2007

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. There are six issues of this album (with three track configurations) and this track was included on all six issues listed above. STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA is performed by Garland Jeffreys.
New Jersey All Stars -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
New Jersey All Stars -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

CD - Cedar (1402) - Europe, 2004

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Studio Group -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol 2
Studio Group -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol 2

Digital album - Charly Records (no catalog number) - unknown country, 2006

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
The Voices On Tour -- The Music Of Bruce Springsteen
The Voices On Tour -- The Music Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Promo Sound (PS 1723 CD) - Germany, 2006

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- Song Of America
Various artists -- Song Of America

3xCD - Split Rock / 31 Tigers (unknown catalog number) - USA, 2007

Includes two Bruce Springsteen covers: STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA and YOUNGSTOWN. STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA performed by Bettye LaVette.
The Boss Chill -- The Boss Chill
The Boss Chill -- The Boss Chill

CD - Vale Music (unknown catalog number) - Spain, 2008

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Andrew Nicholson -- Driving All Night: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Volume II
Andrew Nicholson -- Driving All Night: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Volume II

CD - no label (no catalog number) - UK, 2009

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Rock Riot -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Rock Riot -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

Digital EP - Vanilla OMP (unknown catalog number) - unknown country, 2009

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute EP. It was later reissued featuring a different artwork and credited to "The Wanted".
The Pop Royals -- Sing The Hits Of Bruce Springsteen
The Pop Royals -- Sing The Hits Of Bruce Springsteen

Digital album - Marathon Media (unknown catalog number) - unknown country, 2009

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- Play Some Pool, Skip Some School, Act Real Cool: A Global Pop Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- Play Some Pool, Skip Some School, Act Real Cool: A Global Pop Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

2xCD - Where It's At Is Where You Are (WIACD20) - UK, 2009

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA is performed by Butcher Boy.
Starlite Singers -- Glory Days (In The Style Of Bruce Springsteen)
Starlite Singers -- Glory Days (In The Style Of Bruce Springsteen)

Digital album - Starlite / Suite 102 (unknown catalog number) - Canada, 2010

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
The Hit Co. -- A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set
The Hit Co. -- A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set

Digital album - Planet Music (unknown catalog number) - unknown country, 2010

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album. It was also released the same year as three separate volumes: Long Live The Boss: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol. 1 1973-1985, Long Live The Boss: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol. 2 1980-1989, and Long Live The Boss: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol. 3 1990-2009. A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set however includes two tracks not found on the three separate volumes. In 2012, the same tracks found on A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set were distributed over three download-only digital Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp tribute albums: Working Class Heroes: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, Vol. 1, Working Class Heroes: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, Vol. 2, and Working Class Heroes: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, Vol. 3.
The Boss Band -- The Ultimate Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
The Boss Band -- The Ultimate Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

Digital album - Big Eye Music (unknown catalog number) - USA, 2011

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Ameritz Tribute Club -- Working On the Highway - A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen
Ameritz Tribute Club -- Working On the Highway - A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen

Digital album - Ameritz Music (unknown catalog number) - UK, 2012

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Déjà Vu -- Tribute To Working Class Hero Bruce Springsteen - Vol. 1
Déjà Vu -- Tribute To Working Class Hero Bruce Springsteen - Vol. 1

Digital album - Zulu (unknown catalog number) - USA, 2012

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Heinrich Müller & Band -- On Fire: A Tribute To The Music Of Bruce Springsteen
Heinrich Müller & Band -- On Fire: A Tribute To The Music Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Nation / Carusounds (NB0325) - Switzerland, 2012

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Das Traumstern-Orchester -- Spielt Hits Von Bruce Springsteen
Das Traumstern-Orchester -- Spielt Hits Von Bruce Springsteen

CD - Europa Family Music / Sony Music (88765 47379 2) - Germany, 2013

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Humans -- Covers EP
Humans -- Covers EP

Digital EP - no label (no catalog number) - Canada, 2013

This is a free download-only digital EP.
Andrew Bissel -- Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions Of Bruce Springsteen
Andrew Bissel -- Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Rockabye Baby! (CD 9701) - USA, 2014

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- Rock Made In USA
Various artists -- Rock Made In USA

Digital album - Open Records (unknown catalog number) - unknown country, 2014

This is a download-only digital album. 13 of the 20 tracks are covers of Bruce Springsteen songs. STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA is performed by David Clooney.
Sun Valley Gun Club -- 1994
Sun Valley Gun Club -- 1994

MC - Pleasent Screams Cassettes (PSC 028) - USA, 2015
Lorenzo "FullG" Bianchi -- Via Emilia Shuffle
Lorenzo "FullG" Bianchi -- Via Emilia Shuffle

CD - no label (no catalog number) - Italy, 2016

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- The Boss Project: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- The Boss Project: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen

Digital album - no label (no catalog number) - Canada, 2016

This is a free download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album. STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA is performed by Josh Harder and James Molnar.

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Available Versions

List of available versions of STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA on this website:

STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA [Official studio version]

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