Live 13 Sep 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
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, they said "pull down" I stood
Ohh, (na-na-na na-na-na), 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 with my gear set stubborn on standing
I broke all the rules, strafed my old high school, never once got thought to landing
I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, they said "calm down" I threw up
Whoa, (na-na-na na-na-na) whoa, growin' up

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, 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
Ooh-ooh, growin' up
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa, (whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa), growin' up

Page last updated: 22 Jul 2010


The above lyrics are for the live 13 Sep 1975 performance of GROWIN' UP at Music Hall in Houston, TX, during the Born To Run Tour. The song was played in a full-band, album-style arrangement.

Ticket stub for the 13 Sep 1975 show at Music Hall, Houston, TX
[Taken from Brucebase]

About 12 minutes video footage from the 13 Sep 1975 show in Houston are in the hands of collectors. The footage, which was shot on silent Super-8 color film, consists of bits of 7 songs from the show, including GROWIN' UP.

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