GROWIN' UP

Live 24 Mar 1977 version


[Spoken Intro:] Boys are gonna beat me up when I've had this show. I auditioned with this song to be a Rock 'N' Roll star.

[Spoken:] Let me see how, how did I do that, uh, oh...

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

Well the flag of piracy flew from my mast, my sails were set wing to wing
Well 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, but my gear sat 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 said "shut up"
Ooh, ooh, growin' up

Oh Big, come on!

Watch out!

[Spoken:] There I was. It was me and Miami, and the Big Man. We was riding down this dark road, back home in Jersey. When all of a sudden, I was flat out doing thirty miles an hour, all of a sudden boom! Flat tire, right? And we're way twenty miles out of town, we're out on the back roads, it's dark. Course we ain't got no spare in this old car, right? So like we were trying to figure out what we're gonna do. So we see off in the woods, we see this little light shining. So we said, "Hey, let's head for the light, maybe somebody lives over there, we can uh, check it out, right." So we go off, we were walking through the woods. Man, it's dark and there's all the woods noise and stuff. And we are like, we are scared as we can be, right, we were all huddling together. All of a sudden, we walk about half a mile in, and we come into this little clearing. And it's this gypsy lady sitting in the middle of the woods, right? Sitting there, right, looking at us, says, "You guys got a flat tire out there, huh?" We said, "Yeah, yeah." She says, "Well, I tell you what. Tonight's your lucky night. You stumbled onto the old gypsy lady here. You know, I ain't been in business too long." Said, "What're you doing out here in the woods?" Said, "I used to work in town, used to make that Love Potion Number 9." This was the same gypsy, right? They finally, they caught her cutting it with Hawaiian Punch and, like, the Union threw her outside of town. So she's standing out there, she's saying, "Listen, come on. You guys you got, tell you what, you guys got three wishes," right, "three wishes, gypsy lady gonna be generous tonight, just gotta hurry up, I got a midnight appointment with my analyst, come on kid, you're gonna make me late." So we're thinking, right, she said, "Miami, you gotta wish first. You wanna, tell me what you want, you wanna, you wanna be a millionaire? You wanna break the bank in Las Vegas? You wanna, you wanna know the winning numbers down at the track tomorrow?" For some reason, Miami opted for a red suit, right? Which immediately guaranteed him a lifetime membership in the band, right? So, boom! The gypsy lady hits him and he's standing there in a red suit looking cool as he can be. Goes to the next, the Big Man. Says, "Big Man, you tell me what you want. You want a new car? A harem full of women? Wanna be king?" For some reason the Big Man opted for a tuxedo, right? Right. This guy's got haberdashery on the mind, I couldn't figure it out. Just like magic. So she comes to me next. She says, "Okay, Boss, [chuckles] forget about these other two jerks, what are you gonna wish for? You wanna be emperor? You wanna be king? You wanna own your own Laundromat down on 20th and 5th? Want a shot on the 20 thousand dollars Pyramid?" I was thinking real hard. I thought about wishing for a spare tire so we could get outta there for one thing. [chuckles] Then I changed my mind. [chuckles] I said, "Gypsy lady, I got a good number and I know what I want. I want... See if you can cook this one up, I think I wanna be, think if I had a wish, if I only had one wish and it was the only wish I was ever gonna have in my whole life, I think I would wish it and I think I would wish that I wanna be, that I wanna be, that I wanna be, that I wanna be a Rock 'N' Roll star."

I took 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 but I got a nice little place in the stars
Swear I found the key to the universe in the engine of an old parked car
Well I hid in the mother breast of the crowd, they said "pull down" I pulled up
Ooh, ooh, growin' up
Say it!
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Growin' up
Say it!

[Spoken:] You asked, so it was cool.


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 24 Mar 1977 performance of GROWIN' UP at Music Hall in Boston, MA, during what is known as The Lawsuit Tour. This was the third of four consecutive shows at the venue that concluded the tour. The song was played in a full-band, album-style arrangement, and featured a story in the break.

Promotional ad for the March 1977 four-night at Music Hall, Boston, MA
Promotional ad for the March 1977 four-night at Music Hall, Boston, MA
(Taken from Brucebase)
Ticket stub for the 24 Mar 1977 show at Music Hall, Boston, MA
Ticket stub for the 24 Mar 1977 show at Music Hall, Boston, MA
(Thanks Steve Hopkins)

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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