GROWIN' UP

Live 24 Aug 1981 version


[Spoken intro:] Come on, Roy!

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, 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
I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, when they said "sit down" I stood up
Ooh, ooh, growin' up

Now that flag of piracy, it flew from my mast, my sails were set wing to wing
I had a jukebox graduate for a first mate, she couldn't sail but she sure could sing
Well 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
Hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, when they said "come down" I threw up
Ooh, ooh, growin' up
Ain't it the truth, baby!

[Spoken:] There we were. It was Christmas Eve, and me, and Clarence, and Steve, we were, we were driving home in Clarence's old car, we didn't have no instruments, couldn't get no jobs anymore, we were down on our luck. We decided we wasn't even gonna give each other presents this year. Somebody'd stolen all our guitars. We were 'bout to just give up show business. And then, we got a flat tire. I hate flat tires. We were on this dark road, was no moon out or nothing, was as dark as you could get, we were surrounded by woods and all we heard was this howling sound coming out of the trees. So, we were trying to decide who was gonna get out and hitchhike to the gas-station. Now, I knew that I didn't have to get out, because I'm the Boss, baby! Yeah! (chuckles) Now, now we knew, we knew Clarence, he certainly didn't have to go -- he's bigger than Steve! So just as we were pushing Steve through that little side vent window, all of a sudden, just like in that movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, we seen a big flashing light come over our car. Shh. I stuck my head out and looked up, I seen this cherry red flying saucer with Hooker headers, on the side it said, "Mooney's Hamburgers -- One giant step for mankind, two cheeseburgers to go!" This little guy stuck his head out, said, "Man, I'm late for delivery, can you tell me how to get to the New Jersey Turnpike?" Now, you know, we ain't as dumb as we look, we ain't, uh, we just don't tell anybody how to get to the New Jersey Turnpike. So we made a deal. We said if we each, give us one wish, and we give him directions how to get back on track. He said, "Okay." Told him how to get to the Turnpike, and then right as we stood there, and on Christmas Eve, this dirty rat, this nasty cat, took off in a trail of light, disappeared off into the edge of the sky without so much as a goodbye. We felt kinda bad, we felt kinda disillusioned, we almost didn't believe in Santa Claus no more. But just as that guy was disappearing away, we seen something slip out of the back of his spaceship and land about a hundred yards down the road. And as we looked, it looked like something that we'd be wishing. And it was at that moment that we decided to continue in our careers in rock and roll.

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, well 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 "sit down" I said, "shut up!"
Ooh, ooh, growin' up
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Growin' up

[Spoken outro:] Bye-bye, New Jersey! We was airborne!
And that's how we're here tonight.


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 24 Aug 1981 performance of GROWIN' UP at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, 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 24 Aug 1981 show at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
Ticket stub for the 24 Aug 1981 show at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
(Taken from Brucebase)
Pass for the 24 Aug 1981 show at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
Pass for the 24 Aug 1981 show at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performed a series of six concerts in August 1981 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. At first four concerts were announced (20, 21, 23, and 24 Aug 1981) and two more were later added (27 and 28 Aug 1981). The first of the six shows was a benefit concert in support of the Vietnam Veterans Of America, an organization founded by former U.S. Marine lieutenant and disabled Vietnam veteran Bobby Muller.

Promotional ad for the August 1981 six-night stand at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
Promotional ad for the August 1981 six-night stand at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
(Taken from Brucebase)

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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