Live 23 Aug 1975 version

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, hey!
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 and came out with my soul untouched
I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, they said "sit down" I stood up
Ohh, ohh, 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, 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, they said "sit down" I threw up
Whoa, whoa, growin' up

I took these 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, 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 mother breast of the crowd, they said "pull down" I pulled up
Whoa, ohh, growin' up
Yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah, growin' up

Page last updated: 22 Jul 2010


During the Born To Run Tour, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band performed three consecutive nights at Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom in Atlanta, GA, from 21 to 23 Aug 1975.

A 15-song soundboard recording taken from one of the three shows at the Electric Ballroom has been circulating on bootlegs since the eighties. Those 15 songs represent the complete show, or at least close to the complete show. The specific date from which the audio is taken has yet to be positively identified, but it is now generally listed by the collector community under the final night of 23 Aug 1975.

The above lyrics are for that live 23 Aug 1975 performed of GROWIN' UP at Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom in Atlanta, GA. The song was played in a full-band, album-style arrangement.

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