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,
Black and whispering as the rain
On the streets of Philadelphia
Nobody knows where you’re going
nobody cares where you’ve been.
'Cause you belong to the city
you belong to the night
Living in a river of darkness beneath the neon light.
You were born in the city
concrete under your feet
It’s in your moves
it’s in your blood:
You’re a man of the streets.
I was bruised and battered, I couldn't tell what I felt,
I was unrecognizable to myself,
I saw my reflection in a window,
I didn't know my own face,
Oh brother, are you gonna leave me wastin' away
On the streets of Philadelphia?