Keep On Growing

Album: Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)

Songfacts®:

  • Eric Clapton wrote this with Bobby Whitlock, who played several instruments on the album. Whitlock told Songfacts: "'Keep On Growing' was a jam. We had one called 'Airport Shuffle.' It wasn't called 'Keep On Growing,' it was just a jam. We jammed in front of 50,000 people, we would open our shows by just jamming. Now there are bands that do nothing but that. It was a jam we did during the sessions. They were going to can it because it was an instrumental. It always gave us something to loosen up with. You take all the vocals off, and you've got a great instrumental.

    They were going to keep it off the record, and I said, 'No man, you can't do that, this is too good.' I said, 'Give me 20 minutes,' so they stopped what we were doing and chilled out and I took a pencil and paper, went out to the lobby at Criteria - the studio we recorded at in Miami - and wrote the melody and the lyrics. They just fell out of me. I went back in and sang it. They turned a tape on and I tried to sing it myself and it just didn't come off right. They loved the song and what I'd done to it, so I told Eric, 'Why don't we do this like a Sam & Dave thing - you sing a line, I sing a line, we'll sing a line together.' We did it like that and it worked out. We did it right on the spot. That particular song was fresh picked, straight off the vine. What you hear on the Layla album was the first performance."
  • Whitlock released an acoustic version on his album Other Assorted Love Songs. The album is a collection of songs from Layla with new arrangements. For more on Derek and the Dominos, check out our Bobby Whitlock interview.
  • Clapton kept on growing with this lyrical theme when he released a song called "Let It Grow" on his 1974 solo album 461 Ocean Boulevard.

Comments: 2

  • Pappy from York, PaOne of the best songs on an an album of great songs
  • Joe from Perth, Australiathis song just really seems to KEEP ON GROWING on me! i love this song great guitar and lyrics
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars)Songwriter Interviews

Chad tells tales from his time as drummer for Nirvana, and talks about his group Before Cars.

Harry ShearerSongwriter Interviews

Harry is Derek Smalls in Spinal Tap, Mark Shubb in The Folksmen, and Mr. Burns on The Simpsons.

Jackie DeShannon - "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"They're Playing My Song

It wasn't her biggest hit as a songwriter (that would be "Bette Davis Eyes"), but "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" had a family connection for Jackie.

Jules Shear - "All Through The Night"They're Playing My Song

Shears does very little promotion, which has kept him secluded from the spotlight. What changed when Cyndi Lauper had a hit with his song? Not much, really.

Tanita TikaramSongwriter Interviews

When she released her first album in 1988, Tanita became a UK singing sensation at age 19. She talks about her darkly sensual voice and quirky songwriting style.

"Stairway To Heaven" Lawsuit: A TimelineSong Writing

Untangling the events that led to the "Stairway To Heaven" lawsuit.