Live 02 Jun 1973 version


This is from the record.

Well I stood stone-like at midnight suspended in my masquerade
And I combed my hair till it was just right and commanded the night brigade
I was open to pain and crossed by the rain, but 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 warmth of the crowd, but 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 wrath of the crowd, when they said "come down" I threw up
Ooh, ooh, growin' up

Ah... alright, now!

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'd ever loved or feared, was the cosmic kid in full costume dress
But my feet they finally took root in the earth, but I got me a nice little place in the stars
Well 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, when they said "pull down" I pulled up
Ooh, ooh, growin' up
Oh, alright
Ooh, ooh, growin' up
Alright, now

Page last updated: 08 Jan 2012


The above lyrics are for the live 02 Jun 1973 radio performance of GROWIN' UP as broadcast on Bethesda's WHFS-FM. The song was played in a full-band acoustic arrangement.

The 02 Jun 1973 WHFS-FM Radio Performance

Bruce Springsteen's 02 Jun 1973 radio performance was broadcast live on Bethesda's WHFS-FM. The show took place at the radio station in Bethesda, MD, and was hosted by DJ Donald "Cerphe" Colwell, a local radio legend who was one of Springsteen's biggest early supporters. Colwell also conducted an in-station interview with Bruce during the show.

Springsteen performed five songs on this radio show:

The master tape of this radio performance is is not circulating, but what is believed to be the complete radio show was taped by a listener and has since circulated among fans, but the sound quality is only fair.

Available Versions

List of available versions of GROWIN' UP on this website:

Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake). Most of the above info about this radio performance is taken from Brucebase.