Friday, June 29, 2007

Lyrics of the day...

I have written before about the wonderful Peter Cincotti. The boy has got it all...so talented, so young. (Well, he's only a year younger than me...but he's been at this since he was a child, so that's pretty impressive.)

"Goodbye Philadelphia" is from his new album (due out in August!) At first listen, it's a love song. Around the 1334th time you hear it (as I have), it becomes extremely patriotic.

This song is about America, and makes me think of Tom Brokaw's Greatest Generation books. "Things are never gonna be the same..." (I actually wrote a story about the Greatest Generation, which was published in my high school's literary magazine. I mailed a copy to Tom Brokaw, and he sent me a copy of his new book, inscribed, "To Diana...who understands-Tom Brokaw." It remains one of my most prized posessions, and Mr. Brokaw...one of my favorite guys.)

Peter Cincotti has also quickly become one of my favorite guys...I could listen to him all day...gorgeous voice, beautiful music, and some meaningful lyrics to boot.





JUST LIKE PHILADELPHIA
FREEDOM MEANS A LOT TO ME
IN BETWEEN THE PLACE I'VE BEEN
AND WHERE I'M GOING

I CAN SEE AMERICA
TRYING NOT TO SHOW HER AGE
EVEN THOUGH THE WINDS OF CHANGE
KEEP ON BLOWING

AND I WOULD LAY YOUR BODY DOWN AND ROCK YOUR TEARS AWAY
BUT IT'S MUCH TOO LATE FOR NOW TO BE LIKE YESTERDAY
AND THE TIME IS RUNNING OUT AND WE STILL HAVE TO SAY
GOODBYE

REMEMBER, PHILIDELPHIA
WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG AND WARM
SO IN LOVE AND LIVING FOR
EVERYTHING NEW

BUT I KNOW, PHILIDELPHIA
THE WINTER WIND WILL SLOWLY TAKE
YOUR HEART AND SOUL UNTIL IT MAKES
NOTHING OF YOU

AND I WOULD LAY YOUR BODY DOWN AND ROCK YOUR TEARS AWAY
BUT IT'S MUCH TOO LATE FOR NOW TO BE LIKE YESTERDAY
AND THE TIME IS RUNNING OUT AND WE STILL HAVE TO SAY
GOODBYE

FLASH A PEACE SIGN TAKE A BOW
THOUGH WE MAY NOT KNOW IT NOW
THINGS ARE NEVER GONNA BE THE SAME

HERE ON SEVENTH AVENUE
I TIP MY OLD TOP HAT TO YOU
I HOPE YOU FIND SOMEBODY WHO
WILL LOVE YOU LIKE I DO
'CAUSE I WOULD LAY YOUR BODY DOWN AND ROCK YOUR TEARS AWAY
BUT IT'S MUCH TOO LATE FOR NOW TO BE LIKE YESTERDAY
AND THE TIME IS RUNNING OUT AND WE STILL HAVE TO SAY
GOODBYE
GOODBYE
GOODBYE
GOODBYE, PHILIDELPHIA

Diana Rissetto

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