GROWIN' UP

Live 20 Aug 1984 version


[Spoken intro:] Well now once upon a time...

I stood stone-like at midnight suspended in my masquerade
I combed my hair till it was just right and commanded the night brigade, hey!
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
I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, 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
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 and I 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, on my shoes
Ooh, ooh, growin' up

O... K... Big... Man...

[Spoken:] And there we were. It was a night just like tonight. There was real coolness in the air, it was a long, long time ago. I'd just met Clarence, he was working in the bowling alley, I was working at the gas station, we had a combined bank account of 88 dollars and 50 cents. We had no direction in our lives, we had no guidance, we had no inspiration, we were lost, we needed some hope, we needed some faith, we needed some close physical relationship with members of the opposite sex. It was then that Clarence mentioned that he'd met two girls who had a sense of availability about them, just the previous night, and that he knew where they lived just on the outskirts of town. So we figured we'd forget about our problems and enjoy ourselves. We were basically happy-go-lucky kind of guys. So we got in Clarence's Oldsmobile. We were feeling pretty good and we drove south on Route 9, down through Freehold, down through Lakewood, down through Toms River, down deep into the pines. And then the unthinkable happened. We had a flat. We were on this dark back road. We couldn't decide whether to just roll the windows up and stay in the car till morning, or go out and see if we had a flat. This being the days before I was Clarence's employer, we decided that we'd choose to see who'd go check the trunk. I won and then I went and checked the trunk. So, there's nothing in there and Clarence said that he knew where there was a gas station, just on the other side of those woods. So we started walking into the trees. There were spooky sounds coming from all over the place. Clarence, like, "Do you believe in ghosts?" We don't believe in ghosts, we believe like in Frankenstein and the Wolfman. This is Wolfman territory, I'm telling you. There's uh, what about the Jersey Devil? I'm telling you man. I believe in the Jersey Devil. So we got out, got walking, things were going pretty good. Clarence, not so close, man. Get off my back, don't walk so close, it's bad enough I can't see where I'm going. You need a manicure, Clarence, I'm telling you. You must've been to Flemington Furs lately or something, but... Uh, hi Clarence... Whooooa! Oh, oh Clarence! Oh Clarence! Hey Clarence! Where are you buddy? [Clarence: Ooh!] Where are you pal? [Clarence: Oh no!] Where are you, buddy? [Clarence: Whoa!] Oh Jesus, oh don't scare me like that. Oh, oh Jesus. And then something shot down out of the sky, the clouds pulled away from the moon, and over in the clearing we saw the answer to our quest. First I picked up the mic-stand...
I stood there in the moonlight, and then, when we touched...


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
We hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, when they said "sit down" I said "shut up"
Ooh, growin' up
Whoa, whoa, whoa
Growin' up
Whoa!

[Spoken outro:] Bye-bye New Jersey; we was airborne!

And the rest is hysterical – I mean, history!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 20 Aug 1984 performance of GROWIN' UP at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ, during the Born In The U.S.A. Tour. The song was played in a full-band, album-style arrangement, and featured a story in the break.

This was the last of a ten-night stand at Brendan Byrne Arena.

Ticket stub for the 20 Aug 1984 show at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
Ticket stub for the 20 Aug 1984 show at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
(Taken from Brucebase)
Pass for the 20 Aug 1984 show at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
Pass for the 20 Aug 1984 show at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
(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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