GROWIN' UP

Live 26 Jan 1981 version


[Spoken intro:] I already told you about that, I can't tell that story! Oh! Alright, I like that one. (laughs)

Well I stood stone-like at midnight suspended in my masquerade
And I combed my hair till it was just right and commanded the night brigade
I was open to pain and crossed by the rain, I kept a stubborn crutch
I drove all alone through... (Crowd: 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

Well now, the flag of piracy flew from my mast, and 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:] Now there we was! It was me, and Steve, Clarence. It was way back, and I remember it was the days we were first putting our band together, but we didn't have enough money for the right instruments. So... It's gonna be a sad story now! So, uh, we were all out driving down this dark back road. And all of a sudden we got a flat. "Impossible," you say... but true. So, it was real dark, we all hopped in the front seat, we heard these strange sounds coming from the woods. We were trying to decide who was gonna go out and fix that thing. See, I figured that I didn't have to go out because I'm the Boss! Clarence, Clarence don't have to go out, 'cause he's bigger than Steve! So just as we were pushing Steve through the vent-window, all of a sudden, just like in that movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, we see this big flashing light come out over the top of the car. I looked up. With one hand, with one hand on my rosary just in case. It was not Him! Instead, it was this cherry-red flying saucer with Cadillac fins, Hooker headers, and on the side it said, "Little Melvin and the Invaders -- we play weddings, parties, frat parties, and bar Mitzvahs." So this cat stuck his head out, he said, "Oh, how do we get back to the New Jersey Turnpike?" Now, we don't give out that kind of information to just anybody. So I said, "Okay, mister spaceman, I'll tell you what you wanna know, but first you gotta give us a wish." But before I even got a chance to say it, way over on the dark side of the road, something started to appear.
And when we touched...


I took month-long vacations in the stratosphere, and you know it's really hard to hold your breath
I swear I've 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
And 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 "come down" I threw up
Ooh, ooh, growin' up
Yeah, yeah, growin' up

[Spoken outro:] And that's how we're here tonight.


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 26 Jan 1981 performance of GROWIN' UP at University Of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, during The River Tour. The song was played in a full-band, album-style arrangement, and featured a story in the break.

Ticket stub for the 26 Jan 1981 show at University Of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
Ticket stub for the 26 Jan 1981 show at University Of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
(Taken from Brucebase)
Pass for the 26 Jan 1981 show at University Of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
Pass for the 26 Jan 1981 show at University Of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

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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