Growin' Up

Album: Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (1973)
  • 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 come out with my soul untouched
    I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, but when they said, "Sit down," I stood up
    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 them 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...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...growin' up
    Ooh...growin' up Writer/s: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
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Comments: 6

  • Simen from Brumunddal, NorwayWhen I hear this song, I get that Freehold/Asbury Park spirit, and how it was to live there in the 50s, 60s & 70s! With the shore, boardwalks, bars, clubs, old houses with all those porches, rock bands, everything about Springsteen's childhood! I'm lucky enough to go there in April 2013 :-)
  • Simen from Brumunddal, NorwayOne of my favorites from Bruce! I was surprised when I heard this one on "Big Daddy."
  • Jill from Decatur, GaThis song was also used in the 2007 film "Gracie" which was inspired by the experiences of the Shue family (actors Elisabeth and Andrew)in 1970s New Jersey.
  • Kyle from Belleville, CanadaI love the stories Bruce tells during this.
  • Scott from London, Englandi think in these lyrics, Bruce has made the mistake of admitting to his old teachers that it was him all along, the gruff voiced guitar player, who that day got in a fighter plane and machine gunned down the school. They'd always assumed it was bad boy billy bob jones
  • Kimberly from Asbury Park, Njeddie vedder covered this song at the pearl jam show july 14, 2003 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
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