Growin' Up is a song by Bruce Springsteen from his debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., released on January 5, 1973. The song is based on Bruce's adolescence as he did not fit in at school and did not get along with his father, who wanted him to get a real job. This is one of the songs that convinced Columbia Records to sign Bruce. His audition in 1972 went from being a short meeting to a 2 hour long audition. "Growin' Up" was one of the highlights.

In 1974, David Bowie did a cover of "Growin' Up" that wasn't released until 1990. Bowie also did a cover of "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City".

"Growin' Up" was also featured in the film Big Daddy.

A demo version of the song, recorded May 3, 1972 at Columbia Records Recording Studios, New York, NY was released on Tracks, as well as Chapter and Verse.

Lyrics Edit

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 strolled all alone through a fallout zone and came out with my soul untouched
I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd but when they said "Sit down" I stood up.
Ooh-ooh growin' up

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, never once gave thought to landing,
I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd but when they said "Come down" I threw up
Ooh-ooh growin' up

I took month-long vacations in the stratosphere and 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 in full costume dress
Well, my feet they finally took root in the earth but I got me a nice little place in the stars
And 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 but when they said "Pull down" I pulled up
Ooh-ooh growin' up. Ooh-ooh growin' up 

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