GROWIN' UP

Live 25 Oct 1976 version


Professor!

Well I stood stone-like at midnight suspended in my masquerade
I combed my hair till it looked just right and commanded the night brigade, whoa!
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 "sit down" I stood up
Ooh, ooh, growin' up

All night!

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, my gear set stubborn on standing
I broke all the rules, strafed my old high school, never once gave thought to landing
I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, when they said "come down" I flew!
Ooh, ooh, growin' up

Big Man!

[Spoken:] There I was, driving down this old dark road, right? It's late, three in the morning, right? I'm with my girlfriend, right? All of a sudden, you know, like, I'm complaining, I'm like real depressed this night, right, because, because I don't have no money, this was, this was about five, six years ago, and I didn't have no money, and like I didn't have nothing, I was like seriously considering doing something very, very rash, like, like looking for work. But I said, "No!" Said "No, my hands, my hands, that's not my style," right? So, I'm sort of, I'm driving down this dark old road, I used to take these girls down this road and like shut off the headlights and shut off all the lights in the care and try to scare 'em, you know? And like I was getting down there and all of a sudden, from out of the sky... ssshhha!... came this big, shiny, silver thing, came shooting down, sideswiped my car, I jammed on the brakes, I went skidding into the swamp, right? Right? And like, and like, and I wake up and I look over in this field, you know, and there's this, this big silver thing sitting there, you know, just glowing and humming, you know, like they do, you know? And so, I got out of the car, right? Told my girlfriend, I was trying to, trying to impress her, you know, I told her not to worry, you know, I, I, I little, told her, I told her I know karate. I said... I used to say that. I didn't know karate! So like I went over there and the door opened up, door opened up, out came this guy in a silver jumpsuit, these big silver platform heels, and he started to lay this rap on me, you know? Like, this weird... couldn't understand, right? Couldn't get what he was saying, so he signals like this, like to bring out his interpreter, and out comes Ed Sciaky! Now, Ed comes stumbling out of the flying saucer, the first thing he asks me is if I have any food in the car! I said, "Ed, this is a flying saucer, this guy's a spaceman here." "I can't help it, man, I got abducted two hours ago and I ain't had a bite to eat since!" So, so I said, "Ed, tell this cat, see if he's got a towbar, he can tow me out of the mud." So Ed somehow, through his magical, mystical powers, lays this rap on this cat, gets in the spaceship, hooks up to my car, and tows me out of the mud. Just as we're sitting there, he says, "It's nice being here on Mars." So we explain to him that this was not Mars, this was New Jersey. And, and he granted, he granted me and Eddie, he granted us one wish. He said, he pointed to Ed and he asked him what he wanted. Ed said, "Mister Spaceman, I wanna have my own radio show." And like that, on the air the next day. Then he says, "Okay, kid, what do you want? You got one wish." I said, I thought real hard, thought about new transmission... a new paint job... I said, "Mister Spaceman, I wanna be... I wanna be... I wanna be... I wanna a rock'n'roll star!"

Took month-long vacations in the stratosphere, and 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 but 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 clouded wrath of the crowd, when they said "pull down" I pulled up
Ooh, ooh, growin' up
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, growin' up
Alright!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 25 Oct 1976 performance of GROWIN' UP at Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA, during what is known as The Lawsuit Tour. The song was played in a full-band, album-style arrangement, and featured a story in the break.

This gig has traditionally been noted in books as Springsteen's first-ever large indoor Arena concert as a headliner. However, in reality it is the 26 Sep 1976 show at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ, that probably deserves that title.

Ticket stub for the 25 Oct 1976 show at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
Ticket stub for the 25 Oct 1976 show at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA

Despite the marvelous reception received by both Born To Run and the tour which followed, the relationship between Bruce Springsteen and his now former manager and producer Mike Appel was deteriorating. In July 1976 the storm broke; Mike Appel wrote to Springsteen saying that he would not allow Jon Landau (Springsteen's friend and co-producer of Born To Run) to produce the next album, citing a particular paragraph from their original agreement. Springsteen replied on 27 Jul 1976 by firing manager Mike Appel and suing him and his management company Laurel Canyon Ltd. in Federal Court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, breach of trust, and undue influence. Appel counter-sued on 29 Jul 1976 in New York State Supreme Court, asking the court to prohibit Springsteen and Jon Landau from working together in studio. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band were slated to enter the studio that year for the recording of a new album, except that on 15 Sep 1976 the judge in the lawsuits case ruled that Springsteen was enjoined from any further recording with Columbia Records until Appel's suit was resolved. This would drag for about a year. Meanwhile, Springsteen continued gigging, and in the process broke his self-imposed rule of not playing the larger arenas. This was basically because he was not able to put a record out, and it was the only way his fans would be able to hear him at all. The tour became known as "The Lawsuit Tour" (62 know dates, August 1976 to March 1977).

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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