GROWIN' UP

Live 22 Sep 1992 version


[Spoken intro:] A song for the man who just yelled out. Give me the acoustic guitar. Just me and the Professor on this one, way back to our youths. I was in this hairdressing salon. This is true, I used to live on a third floor apartment, where there was a drugstore, and there was this, uh, there was an abandoned hairdressing salon, actually, and somebody had left the place and for some reason left all, like the, those old-fashioned, big 50's driers and, and everything still in the place, and had one of those old time head massagers, like those three suction cups that sit on your head and like, you know, make your whole face do. And it was worse 'cause I lived on the third floor and I'd actually have to walk through it every night. When I was a kid, I didn't like uh, I never liked the, the dark, you know. I always used to sleep with the light on. I used to cry if my, you know, Dad used to turn out the light. So I used to, uh [some people: Aaw]. Hey, this is uh, this is the hard, the hard, hard cold truth here. (chuckles) But uh, so I used to have to walk through this abandoned hairdressing salon every night, from one end to the other. It was really scary, it was. Anyway, I wrote this song, I, I don't know why I wrote, I made that whole story up. The whole thing, there wasn't a word of truth in any of it. (chuckles) Alright, where were we?

Well, I stood stone-like at midnight suspended in my masquerade
I combed my hair till it was just right, commanded the night brigade
Well, I was open to pain and crossed by the rain and 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, oooh, growin' up

Well 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
Well I pushed B-52 and 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 "sit down" I threw up
Ooh, oooh, growin' up

Aah, come on Professor!

I took month-long vacations in the stratosphere and 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 in full costume dress
My feet they finally took root in the earth but 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 stood up
Ooh, oooh, growin' up
Ooh, oooh, growin' up

[Spoken:] Patti! Come on up! Mi amore! I don't know!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 22 Sep 1992 performance of GROWIN' UP at Warner Hollywood Studios (Stage #4) in Los Angeles, CA, during the taping of Springsteen's episode of MTV Unplugged. This was a stripped-down rendition with Bruce Springsteen playing guitar and accompanied only by Roy Bittan on keyboards. It was released on the In Concert / MTV Plugged home video in 1992, and the audio was released on the Streets Of Philadelphia maxi single in 1994 (see the "Other Official Releases" section below). The spoken intro is edited out on the Streets Of Philadelphia maxi single.

Bruce Springsteen performing GROWIN' UP on 22 Sep 1992 at Warner Hollywood Studios, Los Angeles, CA (from the "In Concert/MTV Plugged" DVD)
Bruce Springsteen performing GROWIN' UP on 22 Sep 1992 at Warner Hollywood Studios, Los Angeles, CA (from the "In Concert/MTV Plugged" DVD)

MTV Plugged Concert

MTV Unplugged is a popular MTV series that began in the 1989/1990 TV season and first aired on 26 Nov 1989. Produced by Viacom and most frequently directed by Milton Lage and Beth McCarthy, the program showcases popular musicians primarily known for playing electric amplified instruments (usually the electric guitar and electric bass) performing live using only acoustic instruments.

MTV Unplugged logo
MTV Unplugged logo

During a break in his World Tour 1992-1993, Bruce Springsteen was booked on 22 Sep 1992 for the taping of an episode of MTV Unplugged. The taping took place at Warner Hollywood Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Springsteen opened the show with a solo acoustic version of RED HEADED WOMAN, but he then brought his 1992-93 touring band onstage, and in a twist on the program's theme, put the plug back in and played a full-band concert – though there were also stripped down renditions of GROWIN' UP and THUNDER ROAD. Reportedly Springsteen had been unhappy with the touring band's rehearsals of acoustic arrangements, and this was what led him to break the unplugged format.

  • RED HEADED WOMAN
  • BETTER DAYS
  • LOCAL HERO
  • LUCKY TOWN
  • ATLANTIC CITY
  • DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  • BOOK OF DREAMS
  • 57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON)
  • THE BIG MUDDY
  • LIVING PROOF
  • IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND
  • LEAP OF FAITH
  • LEAP OF FAITH [second take]
  • MAN'S JOB
  • ROLL OF THE DICE
  • GROWIN' UP
  • HUMAN TOUCH
  • SOUL DRIVER
  • SOULS OF THE DEPARTED
  • I WISH I WERE BLIND
  • THUNDER ROAD
  • MY BEAUTIFUL REWARD
  • LIGHT OF DAY
  • LOCAL HERO [second take]
  • DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN [second take]
  • GLORY DAYS
Handwritten setlist for the 22 Sep 1992 show at Warner Hollywood Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Handwritten setlist for the 22 Sep 1992 show at Warner Hollywood Studios, Los Angeles, CA
(Taken from Brucebase)

Springsteen was the first to insist on an electric performance, and MTV executives were reportedly furious at his decision to abandon the acoustic format of the show. "When you have the chance to work with Bruce Springsteen, he can do what he wants," MTV Unplugged producer Alex Coletti told UK's Q magazine. "It was a fantastic show, and it still had a lot of Unplugged's feel. It was very small, very intimate, very loose, and that's all part of what makes Unplugged special. But it was very loud!" To make best of the situation, the "Un" was crossed out from "Unlugged", and the concert premiered on MTV on 11 Nov 1992 as MTV Plugged.

  1. RED HEADED WOMAN
  2. BETTER DAYS
  3. LOCAL HERO
  4. ATLANTIC CITY
  5. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  6. MAN'S JOB
  7. GROWIN' UP
  8. HUMAN TOUCH
  9. LUCKY TOWN
  10. I WISH I WERE BLIND
  11. THUNDER ROAD
  12. LIGHT OF DAY
  13. THE BIG MUDDY
  14. 57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON)
  15. MY BEAUTIFUL REWARD
  16. GLORY DAYS

A VHS release of the show preceded any audio release, coming out on 15 Dec 1992. It was titled In Concert / MTV Plugged, with "Plugged" written as "UnPlugged" on the cover art. The concert was not released in its complete form, but the home video release included the complete broadcast in addition to two bonus tracks, LIVING PROOF and IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND. In Concert / MTV Plugged was also released on LaserDisc on 31 Jan 1993, which included all the tracks found on the VHS release, in addition to a third bonus track, ROLL OF THE DICE.

Bruce Springsteen -- In Concert / MTV Plugged (VHS, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- In Concert / MTV Plugged (VHS, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- In Concert / MTV Plugged (USA LaserDisc, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- In Concert / MTV Plugged (USA LaserDisc, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- In Concert / MTV Plugged (Japan LaserDisc, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- In Concert / MTV Plugged (Japan LaserDisc, front)

The audio album of the same title was released in Europe (CD and double disc vinyl) on 12 Apr 1993 to promote the 1993 European (and final) leg of World Tour 1992-1993. It was not released in the United States until 26 Aug 1997. The album contains only 13 tracks, two of which were not part of the broadcast, IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND (which was not even released on video) and LIVING PROOF.

  1. RED HEADED WOMAN
  2. BETTER DAYS
  3. ATLANTIC CITY
  4. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  5. MAN'S JOB
  6. HUMAN TOUCH
  7. LUCKY TOWN
  8. I WISH I WERE BLIND
  9. THUNDER ROAD
  10. LIGHT OF DAY
  11. IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND
  12. LIVING PROOF
  13. MY BEAUTIFUL REWARD
Bruce Springsteen -- In Concert / MTV Plugged (album cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- In Concert / MTV Plugged (album cover art)

In Concert / MTV Plugged was reissued on DVD on 09 Nov 2004. The DVD release includes the same 19 tracks found on the LaserDisc release.

Bruce Springsteen -- In Concert / MTV Plugged (DVD cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- In Concert / MTV Plugged (DVD cover art)

GROWIN' UP and THE BIG MUDDY, which were included on the home video release but not on the subsequent audio album, were officially released on the Streets Of Philadelphia maxi single in 1994.

Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia (EP cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia (EP cover art)

The 22 Sep 1992 rehearsal and concert at Warner Hollywood Studios were commercially released in Europe. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels in Europe (mostly in the UK) have been releasing Bruce Springsteen radio and TV broadcasts (and some soundboard recordings) from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Though these releases are not authorized by Bruce Springsteen or his record company, they are lawful due to a legal loophole in Europe.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Rehearsals
Bruce Springsteen -- The Rehearsals

Digital album - Doxy Records (no catalog number) - UK, 2016

This is a download-only digital album. It contains the 22 Sep 1992 rehearsal at Warner Hollywood Studios.
Bruce Springsteen -- September 22, 1992
Bruce Springsteen -- September 22, 1992

Digital album - Lilith Records (no catalog number) - UK, 2016

This is a download-only digital album. It contains the 22 Sep 1992 rehearsal at Warner Hollywood Studios.
Bruce Springsteen -- Unplugged 1992
Bruce Springsteen -- Unplugged 1992

4xCD - Laser Media (1144182) - UK, 2017

This release contains the 22 Sep 1992 rehearsal and concert at Warner Hollywood Studios.

Other Official Releases

In addition to its release on the MTV Plugged home video releases, the live 22 Sep 1992 performance of GROWIN' UP was also included on the Streets Of Philadelphia EP in 1994. It was also included on the Live & Rare European EP in 2003. In 1995, the song was included on a US-only CD-Rom release containing performances from musicians who appeared on MTV Unplugged, plus biographies, rare footage and photos of unplugged performances.

Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia (front)
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia

CD5 EP - Columbia (44K 77383) - USA, 1994

"Growin' Up" is misspelled as "Growing Up" in the track listing.

01- STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA
02- IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
03- GROWIN' UP [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
04- LIGHT OF DAY [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia (front)
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia

Cassette EP - Columbia (44T 77383) - USA, 1994

"Growin' Up" is misspelled as "Growing Up" in the track listing.

01- STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA
02- IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
03- ATLANTIC CITY [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
04- GROWIN' UP [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
05- LIGHT OF DAY [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia (front)
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia

CD5 EP - Columbia (44.044/2-660065) - Brazil, 1994

"Growin' Up" is misspelled as "Growing Up" in the track listing.

01- STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA
02- IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
03- GROWIN' UP [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
04- LIGHT OF DAY [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia (front)
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia

CD5 EP - Columbia (660065 2) - Europe, 1994

Austrian pressing for the European market.

01- STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA
02- IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
03- GROWIN' UP [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
04- THE BIG MUDDY [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia (front)
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia

CD5 EP - Columbia (660065 2) - UK, 1994

Austrian pressing for the UK market. "Growin' Up" is misspelled as "Growing Up" in the track listing.

01- STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA
02- IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
03- GROWIN' UP [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
04- THE BIG MUDDY [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia (front)
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia

12-inch EP - Columbia (660065 8) - UK, 1994

Limited edition picture disc. Rear side has "Growin' Up" misspelled as "Growing Up" in the track listing.

Side A, 01- STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA
Side A, 02- IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
Side B, 01- GROWIN' UP [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
Side B, 02- THE BIG MUDDY [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia (front)
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia

CD5 EP - Columbia (660065 2) - Spain, 1994

Austrian pressing for the Spanish market.

01- STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA
02- IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
03- GROWIN' UP [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
04- THE BIG MUDDY [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia (front)
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia

CD5 EP - Columbia (660065 2) - Sweden, 1994

Very rare promotional edition of the EP sent out as an invitation card for the Philadelphia movie premiere of in Sweden. Discs were imported from Austria.

01- STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA
02- IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
03- GROWIN' UP [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
04- THE BIG MUDDY [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia (front)
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia

12-inch EP - Columbia (660065 6) - Sweden, 1994

Dutch pressing presumably pressed for the Swedish market.

Side A, 01- STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA
Side A, 02- IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
Side B, 01- GROWIN' UP [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
Side B, 02- THE BIG MUDDY [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia (front)
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia

CD5 EP - Sony (SRCS 7311) - Japan, 1994

01- STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA
02- IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
03- GROWIN' UP [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
04- THE BIG MUDDY [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia (front)
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia

CD5 EP - Columbia (660179 2) - Australia, 1994

"Growin' Up" is misspelled as "Grown' Up" in the track listing.

01- STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA
02- IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
03- GROWIN' UP [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
04- THE BIG MUDDY [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia (front)
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia

Cassette EP - Columbia (660179 8) - Australia, 1994

01- STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA
02- IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
03- GROWIN' UP [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
04- THE BIG MUDDY [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia (front)
Bruce Springsteen -- Streets Of Philadelphia

CD5 EP - Columbia (CDSIN 3 I) - South Africa, 1994

"Growin' Up" is misspelled as "Growing Up" in the track listing.

01- STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA
02- IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
03- GROWIN' UP [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
04- THE BIG MUDDY [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Live & Rare (Austria EP, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- Live & Rare

CD EP - Columbia (SAMPCM 12867 2 / 0128672000) - Austria, 2003

Austrian promo pressing for the European market. This promo EP was issued as a freebie item for customers purchasing any Springsteen CD at selected record stores throughout Europe during his tour of the continent in May and June 2003.

01- GROWIN' UP [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
02- DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN [Live 09 Dec 1995 version]
03- THIS HARD LAND [Live 09 Dec 1995 version]
04- THE BIG MUDDY [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
Various artists -- MTV UnPlugged CD-ROM: The Interactive Tour Featuring Over 70 Unplugged Artists (cover art)
Various artists -- MTV UnPlugged CD-ROM: The Interactive Tour Featuring Over 70 Unplugged Artists

CD-Rom - Valcom (unknown catalog number) - USA, 1995

Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.

Scans and info for the some of the above Streets Of Philadelphia EP releases are taken from the Lost In The Flood website.

Request

Please contact me if you have scans or info about any official release containing the live 22 Sep 1992 version of GROWIN' UP that's not mentioned on this page. Any additions, comments, or corrections to this page are welcome. You can contact me via the below form or by email: . You will be credited. Thanks in advance.

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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