GROWIN' UP

Live 04 Aug 1978 version


[Spoken Intro:] This next song should've been called "I Was A Teenage Werewolf".
One...
There I was, 13 years old. I got sent home from school that day for pissing in my desk. I don't know why I used to do those things. Anyway, the sisters called my parents and told my mother that I needed psychiatric attention. So I went down to this doctor in town, and he said, "Son, how did you get this way?" I said, "Doc, I'm glad you asked me that question. See, in my house -- other kids used to get in trouble for coming in late, but my old man used to yell at me for coming in early. What're you doing home so soon? Can't you stay out a little longer? Okay. So one night", I said, "Doc, one night, I was standing out there on the street, looked up, there was a full moon, hair started growing all over my face, a guitar popped out of my left side, my knees began to shake, and for just one moment..."


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

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
Well I pushed B-52, bombed 'em with the blues with 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 threw up
Ooh, ooh, growin' up

Big Man!

[Spoken:] I remember when I was about 10 years old, me and Steve used to sit on my front porch. And we really, we didn't know who Clarence was at the time, you know. He used to be just this kid who'd come riding by, no hands on the bicycle, playing a saxophone. We finally got to know him a little bit and one night... I lived next-door. There was a field over here and right on the other side of the field, there was the nuns' convent and there was the church and right behind that was the rectory. So they had me surrounded, right? (chuckles) And not only did they have me surrounded, but they had me and my folks scared shitless. (chuckles) It's, it's, it was funny, I could never figure out, like, you know, the only people that the nuns could intimidate better than like, an 8 year old kid was my old man in those days (chuckles), you know. But he used to be scared of them sisters, you know. We used to run from 'em at night. And across the street there was this field and it was full of, like, tomatoes and stuff. And there was this woman that used to grow 'em, lived in a house there. And what we'd do, we'd wait till they got rotten and we'd get a bunch of us over there and we'd have these tomato fights, you know, psh psh psh, going back and forth. You know, little things that make life worth living, it's like (chuckles), it's like (chuckles), it's like... Anyway, one night it was me and Steve and Clarence and we were sitting on the porch. And we see something, like this light start hovering around the moon, [weird guitar noise], there were all these weird noises. [weird guitar noise] And something started to settle down in the field right across the street. We couldn't see it, it was just this big glowing light. So we looked at each other. We didn't, we weren't sure what it was. We said, "What?" But we knew whatever it was, it was gonna get the hell beat out of it with some tomatoes. (chuckles) So we walk across the street, real slow. I had to go first. You're the Boss, you gotta take the big responsibilities, it's like (chuckles), it's like... So I'm going first. I got a tomato in one hand, ready to let this thing have it, and just in case I'm wrong, I got my rosary beads in the other. (chuckles) I wanna be covered, I don't wanna take no chances, you know. (chuckles) Suppose they're right, it's like (chuckles), it's like (chuckles). So (chuckles), anyway, we get over there, and a door slides down on this thing, and out steps this thing... What do you think it looked like? Ugly, right? (chuckles) That's right. (chuckles) And like, we tried talking to it for a few minutes. It didn't say nothing. Then we tried to steal the hubcaps off the flying saucer. (chuckles) They didn't have any, it's... (chuckles) We didn't know what to do. The thing took off, and on the ground there was this little note, so we brought it back to the house. And it wasn't until years later, many years. I'm making this up as I go along here, it's like... (chuckles) It wasn't until many years later that when we put it on the record player, played it backwards and held a mirror up to it (chuckles), we could see that the message (chuckles) that he was trying to get to us was just three words, and it was "Let it rock!"

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, I got 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 "sit down" I stood
Ooh, ooh, growin' up
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Growin' up
Ahwoooo!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 04 Aug 1978 performance of GROWIN' UP at Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, WV, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour. The song was played in a full-band, album-style arrangement, and featured a story in the break.

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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