Live 09 Apr 1974 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
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 warmth 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
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

Make it funky!

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 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
Whoa I hid in the mother breast of the crowd, when they said "pull down" I pulled up
Ooh, ooh, growin' up
Oh, oh my my my my my my my my my, growin' up
Oh, yeah

Yeah! [laughs]

Page last updated: 22 Jul 2010


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

The 09 Apr 1974 WBCN-FM Radio Performance

Bruce Springsteen's 09 Apr 1974 radio performance was broadcast live on Boston's WBCN-FM. The show took place at the radio station in Houston, TX.

Springsteen performed seven songs on this radio show:

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

Available Versions

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


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