GROWIN' UP

Live 14 Sep 1984 version


[Spoken intro:] Now once upon a time, in a land not too far from here, long, long time ago...

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, 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
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
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, 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, on my school shoes
Oh!
Growin' up
Yeah!
Come on Big Man!

[Spoken:] There I was. I was still in high school, it was kinda late in the summertime. I was sitting around in my hometown and uh, trying to think what I was gonna do with myself. Didn't know what I wanted to be, didn't have no direction, didn't have no confidence, didn't have no girlfriend. I was lost. I was but a man in the wilderness. I needed some faith. I needed some hope. I needed a close physical relationship with a member of the opposite sex. Damn! So I was walking down Main Street, didn't know what I was gonna do. All of a sudden I came upon this guy reading a newspaper. I kinda started talking to him but he was just kept reading the newspaper. So I sat down next to him, he was reading the Personal Column, part-time jobs. We got talking, he said he was out of work, I said I was out of work. Said he didn't know what to do with himself, I said I didn't know what to do with myself. He said he was lost and didn't have no faith, I said I was lost and didn't have no faith. I said I didn't know any girls. He said he did. He told me his name was Clarence He-Who-Knows-All Clemons. And figuring that we were kinda in the same boat, he said he'd take me outside of town where he knew these two girlfriends of his and he'd get me a date. So we got in his Oldsmobile and we started driving. Driving south, down Route 9, south through the pines. It started raining, started snowing, then we got hit with a heat wave. And then finally, adding insult to injury, on some dirty back road, we got a flat tire. We got out, checked the trunk, didn't have no spare, but he said he knew where there was a gas station, somewhere just on the other side of those woods. So into the forest we went. It was dark, it was spooky, sounds like werewolves coming from every place, sounds like, like there were lions in those woods. Sounded like there was homicidal cows. Sounded like there was killer, killer birds. And finally, we got deep in the forest. Now Big Man, there ain't no like, there ain't no, like, like big wild animals in here tonight. There ain't no nothing, like, that's gonna... I don't like wild animals. I don't like being outside. I think I hear something behind us. There's... Whoa! Clarence! Hey, Clarence! Oh, Clarence! Hey, Clarence! [Clarence: Ah no!] Hey, Clarence! Oh, no, oh, gee, oh Jesus. Just when things were getting pretty dark, something came shooting out of the sky. And then over in the clearing, the clouds blew away from the moon, and we saw the answer to our quest. And I knew everything was gonna be alright. And then as we stood there, beneath the pines, 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
Well I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, when they said "sit down" I stood up
Ooh, ooh, growin' up
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Growin' up

[Spoken outro:] And it was bye-bye New Jersey; we was airborne! And here we are tonight!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 14 Sep 1984 performance of GROWIN' UP at Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA, 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.

Pass for the 14 Sep 1984 show at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
Pass for the 14 Sep 1984 show at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA

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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