Live 30 Dec 1975 version

[Spoken intro:] All you married guys out there. Water, drinking a lots of. Oh, if I see an M&M one more time I'm gonna puke [chuckles]. I've seen enough M&M to last me forever. Whoa god damn it, what's goin' on [chuckles]. Ah, now we're gonna do uh... Alright, alright. Gimme a break, gimme a break [chuckles].

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 "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 wouldn'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, shouted "sit down" I threw up
Whoa, yeah, 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, well 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
Well, I hid in the mother breast of the crowd, when they said "pull down" I pulled up
Yeah, yeah, growin' up
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, growin' up
Play it!

Page last updated: 24 Oct 2010


The above lyrics are for the live 30 Dec 1975 performance of GROWIN' UP at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA, during the Born To Run Tour. The song was played in its full-band album-style arrangement.

Ticket stub for the 30 Dec 1975 show at Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
[Taken from Brucebase]

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed four nights at Tower Theater on 27, 28, 30 and 31 Dec 1975. These were the last shows of the 1st leg of the Born To Run Tour.

Promotional poster for the Dec 1975 four-night residency at Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
[Taken from Brucebase]

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