GROWIN' UP

Live 05 Feb 1975 version


[Spoken:] Well let me see...
Oh!


Well I stood stone-like at midnight suspended in my masquerade
And I combed my hair till it looked just right and commanded the night brigade
I was open to pain and crossed by the rain and I walked on a crooked crutch
I strode all alone into a fallout zone, came out with my soul untouched
I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, when they said "pull down" I stood up
Ooh, ooh, growin' up

Well now the flag of piracy flew from my mast, my sails were set wing to wing
I had a jukebox graduate for first mate, she couldn't sail but she sure could sing
I pushed B-52, bombed 'em with the blues and my gear set stubborn on standing
I broke all the rules, strafed my old high school, never once gave thought to landing
Hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, when they said "sit down" I threw up
Ooh, ooh, growin' up

Well, I took these month-long vacations in the stratosphere, you know it's really hard to hold your breath
I swear I lost everything I ever loved or feared, I was the cosmic kid
My feet they finally took root in the earth, I got me a nice little place in the stars
I swear I found the key to the universe in the engine of an old parked car
I hid in the mother breast of the crowd, they said "pull down" I pulled up
Ooh, ooh, growin' up
Whoa, whoa, growin' up
Hey!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 05 Feb 1975 performance of GROWIN' UP at The Main Point in Bryn Mawr, PA, during what is considered The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle Tour. The song was played in its full-band album-style arrangement.

The 05 Feb 1975 Show

The Main Point was a small coffeehouse venue on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr, PA. It was formed in 1964 by Jeanette and William Campbell and four other couples as a small folk-based coffeehouse venue inspired by the Philadelphia Folk Festival. The venue was famous for its small intimate atmosphere, homemade food and home baked goods, and inexpensive ticket prices. Over the years, various styles of music were presented; the venue hosted many famous performers in its heydays, including Bruce Springsteen who performed there on no less than 25 dates between 1973 and 1975. He started as an opening act during a 4-night residency in January 1973, and returned in April as a headliner.

The Main Point was only open for shows and seats were not reserved. The audience would queue up long in advance before the opening of the doors.
The Main Point was only open for shows and seats were not reserved. The audience would queue up long in advance before the opening of the doors.

Soon after The Main Point's opening, Bill Scarborough became co-owner and booking director from 1964-1975. When Philadelphia's Sunday Bulletin asked him in September 1973 how he made booking decisions, Scarborough cited several factors but admitted that occasionally his own musical tastes influenced him. "I think that the booking of a singer named Bruce Springsteen is the best example I can give you of personal taste and hunch entering into my final choice. Here was a new act out of nowhere, who happened to sign with a major label, and put out an album that reminded me of the best of Dylan. I decided to book him as a headliner, even though he was barely known. We did alright with him, but not as well as we'd hoped. I still feel, though, that he's going to be a big star."

The venue was popular among both musicians and listeners. Clarence Clemons commented in a special Main Point 10th anniversary publication, "The whole band had the flu. Bruce had 103 degree temperature. If it was any other place but the Main Point, any concert or club in the country, we would have cancelled."

The Main Point constantly ran into financial problems related to its intimate size. Ironically, it was its size that made it so popular. Musicians gave benefit concerts for the coffeehouse to help it out of its financial straits. Some of these concerts were broadcast over the local progressive rock radio station WMMR-FM, and many well known bootleg recordings have been made from these performances. Bruce Springsteen's 05 Feb 1975 benefit concert stands out as a particularly legendary event. The Main Point finally closed its doors in 1981.

At the request of Philadelphia's WMMR-FM disc jockey Ed Sciaky, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed a 05 Feb 1975 concert at The Main Point in Bryn Mawr, PA. This was a benefit show held for the financially struggling club, with Bruce and the band being the sole act on the bill. The show was MC'd by Sciaky and was broadcast by WMMR-FM on the same night. The station solicited for donations to be made by phone during the broadcast.

Shortly before he passed away in January 2004, Sciaky told Backstreets magazine (issue #82, Spring 2005) that the now-famous broadcast almost never happened. After a promise from Bruce Springsteen and Mike Appel to do a broadcast of the 02 Feb 1975 Main Point benefit, Springsteen decided the day of the show that he didn't want it to air. He was playing some new songs, which would soon appear on his upcoming Born To Run album, and many of them were still unfinished. Sciaky had to call Springsteen, despite Appel's objections, trying to convince him to at least do a shortened broadcast. In the end, Springsteen decided to do the whole show on the radio.

The show was not broadcast live-as-it-happened. "We didn't have a phone line from The Main Point, so they had to tape the show in hour-long segments and then drive them to the station and put them on the air," Sciaky explained to Backstreets. "And after the final reel had played, Bruce's lighting guy, Marc Brickman took all of the tapes. So we never got a good copy of the show. But it was a classic show, and it's collected to this day, and I'm glad."

This famous Main point concert was taped off the airwaves and immediately started circulating among a number of fans. In the late seventies, an edited from of the broadcast became available on vinyl bootlegs. This changed in the digital era, when pioneering Italian label and Springsteen specialists Great Dane Records released the show in 1990 on the 2-disc CD bootleg The Saint, The Incident & The Main Point Shuffle.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Saint, The Incident & The Main Point Shuffle (Great Dane Records)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Saint, The Incident & The Main Point Shuffle (Great Dane Records)

The Saint, The Incident & The Main Point Shuffle utilized the commonly circulated recording of the broadcast, but a couple of years after its release, a 10-inch reel-to-reel tape containing the first 90 minutes of the pre-FM recording of The Main Point show made its way into collectors' hands. On this recording, the sound quality is far superior to the much more compressed off-air recording. The last 70-plus minutes of the performance, or what's presumably on a second reel, were never found from the pre-FM source. The discovery of the pre-FM reel-to-reel tape spurred a host of new bootleg releases, including the first "Masters Plus" reissue by Great Dane Records itself, which paired the new 90-minute pre-FM recording with the original FM-sourced remainder of the show.

The 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point was commercially released in the UK. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels in the UK have been releasing Bruce Springsteen radio and TV broadcasts (and some soundboard recordings) from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Though these releases are not authorized by Bruce Springsteen or his record company, they are lawful due to a legal loophole in the UK.

Bruce Springsteen -- Live On Air
Bruce Springsteen -- Live On Air

CD + DVD - American Legends Ltd (AML2041) - EU, 2005

The audio CD contains part of the 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point and the DVD contains various TV appearances from the nineties.
Bruce Springsteen -- Transmissions
Bruce Springsteen -- Transmissions

CD - Storming (SMC2447) - UK, 2007

This release contains part of the 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point, plus two TV appearances from the nineties.
Bruce Springsteen -- Live On Air
Bruce Springsteen -- Live On Air

CD + DVD - Southworld (unknown catalog number) - UK, 2010

The audio CD contains part of the 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point and the bonus DVD contains various TV appearances from the nineties.
Bruce Springsteen -- The Best
Bruce Springsteen -- The Best "Live On Air" Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - KM Records (KMR 0856-2) - EU, 2010

This release contains part of the 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live At The Main Point, 1975
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live At The Main Point, 1975

2xCD - Leftfield Media (LFM2CD503) - UK, 2011

This release contains the 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live At The Main Point 1975
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live At The Main Point 1975

4xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV035LP) - UK, 2011

This release contains the 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point. It was released under exclusive agreement with Leftfield Media.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live At The Main Point 1975 Volume 1
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live At The Main Point 1975 Volume 1

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV190LP) - UK, 2014

This release contains part 1 of two of the 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point. It was released under exclusive agreement with Leftfield Media.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live At The Main Point 1975 Volume 2
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live At The Main Point 1975 Volume 2

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV191LP) - UK, 2014

This release contains part 2 of two of the 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point. It was released under exclusive agreement with Leftfield Media.
Bruce Springsteen -- The Spirit Of The Radio: Legendary Broadcasts From The Early 1970s
Bruce Springsteen -- The Spirit Of The Radio: Legendary Broadcasts From The Early 1970s

3xCD - Parallel Lines (PLCD022) - Europe, 2014

This release contains the 09 Jan 1973 WBCN-FM radio broadcast, the 24 Apr 1973 WMMR-FM radio broadcast, and part of the 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point.
Bruce Springsteen -- Live To Air
Bruce Springsteen -- Live To Air

2xCD - The Store For Music (SFMCD267) - UK, 2014

This release contains part of the 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point and various TV appearances from the nineties.
Bruce Springsteen -- On The Crest Of The Airwaves
Bruce Springsteen -- On The Crest Of The Airwaves

Digital album - Rock Melon (no catalog number) - UK, 2014

This is a download-only digital album. It contains the 09 Mar 1974 KLOL-FM radio broadcast, the 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point, and various TV appearances from the nineties.
Bruce Springsteen -- Live Collection
Bruce Springsteen -- Live Collection

3xCD - Bandana (BAND1011) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 24 Apr 1973 WMMR-FM radio broadcast, part of the 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point, and various TV appearances from the nineties.
Bruce Springsteen -- Fifth Of February, Bryn Mawr - WMMR FM
Bruce Springsteen -- Fifth Of February, Bryn Mawr - WMMR FM

LP - Bad Joker (BOSS 5-1975) - EU, 2015

This release contains part of the 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point.
Bruce Springsteen -- The Boss Live On Radio '75
Bruce Springsteen -- The Boss Live On Radio '75

CD-R - Peacock Records Ltd (unknown catalog number) - UK, 2015

This release contains part of the 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Main Point
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Main Point

Digital album - BKC (no catalog number) - UK, 2015

This is a download-only digital album. It contains the 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA. February 5th, 1975
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA. February 5th, 1975

Digital album - Doxy Records (no catalog number) - UK, 2015

This is a download-only digital album. It contains the 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point.
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ultimate Main Point '75
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ultimate Main Point '75

2xCD - Rox Vox (RV2CD2055) - Europe, 2016

This release contains the 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live At The Main Point, Pennsylvania, April 1975
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live At The Main Point, Pennsylvania, April 1975

LP - Smalltown (SMALLT 66) - Europe, 2017

This release contains part of the 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point.

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.

Available Versions

List of available versions of GROWIN' UP on this website:

GROWIN' UP [Album version]
GROWIN' UP [Outtake version]
GROWIN' UP [03 May 1972 demo version]
GROWIN' UP [Live Aug 1972 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 31 May 1973 (WGOE-FM) version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 02 Jun 1973 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 31 Oct 1973 (late show) version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 09 Mar 1974 (KLOL-FM) version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 09 Apr 1974 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 05 Feb 1975 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 23 Aug 1975 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 13 Sep 1975 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 30 Dec 1975 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 07 Apr 1976 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 07 Aug 1976 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 30 Sep 1976 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 25 Oct 1976 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 27 Oct 1976 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 04 Nov 1976 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 13 Feb 1977 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 23 Mar 1977 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 24 Mar 1977 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 31 May 1978 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 25 Jun 1978 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 05 Jul 1978 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 04 Aug 1978 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 09 Aug 1978 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 15 Aug 1978 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 01 Sep 1978 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 20 Nov 1980 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 27 Nov 1980 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 26 Jan 1981 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 24 Aug 1981 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 20 Aug 1984 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 14 Sep 1984 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 02 Oct 1985 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 07 Aug 1992 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 08 Nov 1996 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 24 Sep 1999 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 19 Feb 2003 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 20 Feb 2003 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 02 Mar 2003 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 24 May 2003 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 22 Jun 2003 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 11 Aug 2005 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 22 Nov 2005 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 11 Nov 2006 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 17 Nov 2006 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 22 Apr 2008 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 27 Jul 2008 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 21 Aug 2008 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 21 Apr 2009 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 23 Aug 2009 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 30 Sep 2009 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 22 Nov 2009 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 01 Feb 2014 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 24 Apr 2014 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 23 Feb 2016 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 29 May 2016 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 03 Jul 2016 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 05 Sep 2016 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 07 Sep 2016 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 11 Sep 2016 version]
GROWIN' UP [Live 14 Sep 2016 version]
GROWIN' UP [Any Trouble's cover version]
GROWIN' UP [David Bowie's cover version]

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