GROWIN' UP

Live 21 Aug 2008 version


[Spoken intro:] Alright! This says, "Play Growin' Up and tell us a story about that goddamn guitar." Alright.
(laughs) Yeah! Wait a second! (laughs) Alright, here we go. Alright, Roy!


Well 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
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 a first mate, she couldn't sail but she sure could sing
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
Ooh, ooh, growin' up

Whoa!

[Spoken:] Well there I was. It was Christmas Eve, Nineteen... Sixty... Four. And I was standing with my mother in front of Kiazo's Music Store, down in a little part of town that they called Texas. And we'd had one of those real wet, slushy snows, and I stood looking through the window at this Kent guitar. It was sixty bucks, and you got a little amplifier with a ten-inch speaker with it. To get the Kent guitar, I had to sell this pool table that I had in my bedroom. And it was logistically placed because I could tell my folks I was going upstairs to play pool with my girlfriends, and the table was right by the bed, so I just had to reach over and s'knock the balls around every once in a while. Thank you. Smart! Smart. But the pool table went, sold it for thirty-five dollars and my mother came up with thirty bucks and we got the guitar. Now I started to play it, play it, play it, play it, play it, play it. And then of course came my father's immortal words, about a month or two after I got it. Which was, "Turn down that goddamn guitar!" I'll make this story very short. That lasted for many years. Until it became, "Turn down that god-blessed guitar." That was a big transition. Here's to ya, Pops.

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
My feet they finally took root in the earth, 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, ooh, growin' up
Whoa, whoa, whoa, growin' up

[Spoken outro:] Good luck, guitar players!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 21 Aug 2008 performance of GROWIN' UP at Sommet Center in Nashville, TN, during the Magic Tour. The song was played in a full-band, album-style arrangement, and featured a spoken story in the break. The song was played in honor for a sign request asking for "a story about the goddamn guitar" along with the song. This was the only performance of GROWIN' UP on the tour to feature a true story in the break.

Promotional poster for the 21 Aug 2008 show at Sommet Center, Nashville, TN
Promotional poster for the 21 Aug 2008 show at Sommet Center, Nashville, TN
(Taken from Portland Poster Pole)
Ticket stub for the 21 Aug 2008 show at Sommet Center, Nashville, TN
Ticket stub for the 21 Aug 2008 show at Sommet Center, Nashville, TN
Handwritten setlist for the 21 Aug 2008 show at Sommet Center, Nashville, TN
Handwritten setlist for the 21 Aug 2008 show at Sommet Center, Nashville, TN

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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