Live 02 Mar 2003 version

[Spoken intro:] Thanks. Hold on a sec... This was, uh, there! [chuckles] Thank you! Alright, gonna do this one, uh -- [someone in the audience yells, "Rosalita!"] No, we ain't doing that one. [laughs] No. Nice try, but no. But, I'm gonna do this one for all the folks from the old Armadillo who used to come and see us back in the day. The place wasn't that big, you know, you all couldn't've been there. That's impossible. Alright. I'm gonna handle this one myself, fellows. I'm gonna handle this one myself. Give me more acoustic. [chuckles]

[Spoken:] Hey Clarence! You play the solo, though!
Do that.

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
I was open to pain and crossed by the rain and I walked on a crooked crutch
I strode all alone through a fallout zone, 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 a 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 wrath of the crowd, and when they said "come down" I threw up
Ooh, ooh, growin' up

Oh, Big Man!

[Spoken:] Clarence, uh, demonstrated some of his polka influences on that song

I took month-long vacations in the stratosphere, you know it's really hard to hold your breath
Swear I lost everything I ever loved or feared, I was the cosmic kid
You know, 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, ooh, growin' up
Go 'head!
[Clarence and crowd:] Ooh, ooh
Growin' up

Page last updated: 22 Jul 2010


The above lyrics are for the live 02 Mar 2003 performance of GROWIN' UP at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX, during The Rising Tour. This was the only time on the tour when the song was played in a stripped-down arrangement, featuring just Springsteen on acoustic guitar and Clarence Clemons on saxophone.

Ticket stub for the 02 Mar 2003 show at Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX

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Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake).