Live 09 Mar 1974 version

[spoken:] Do Growin' Up. Come on, we haven't done that, we haven't done that, why don't we just do that.
(Yeah, that's nice)
Oh yes
[Clarence (spoken):] Hey I asked first, where is that at?

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
I was open to pain and crossed by the rain, and I walked on a crooked crutch
Well, 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

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
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, and never once gave thought to landing
I hid in the clouded warmth of the crowd, when they said "come down" I threw up
Ooh, ooh, growin' up

Somebody take it! [laughs]

Ah, well, I took month-long vacations in the stratosphere, and you know it's really hard to hold your breath
Swear I lost everything I ever loved or feared, I was the, the cosmic kid in full costume dress
My feet they finally took root in the earth, but I got me a nice little place here in the stars
Well I swear I found the key to the universe in the engine of an old parked car
Oh, and I hid in the mother breast of the crowd, when they said "pull down" I pulled up
Ooh, ooh, growin' up
Oh, oh oh oh, oh oh, growin' up


Page last updated: 08 Jan 2012


The above lyrics are for the live 09 Mar 1974 radio performance of GROWIN' UP as broadcast on Houston's KLOL-FM. The song was played in a full-band acoustic arrangement.

The 09 Mar 1974 KLOL-FM Radio Performance

Bruce Springsteen's 09 Mar 1974 radio performance was broadcast live on Houston's KLOL-FM. The show took place on the afternoon of 09 Mar 1974 at the radio station in Houston, TX. This was lengthiest of all Springsteen radio station performances.

Springsteen performed eight songs on this radio show:

The complete performance was recorded off the airwaves and has since circulated among fans.

Available Versions

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