Bruce Springsteen — Growin' Up
Album: Tracks
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Released: 1998
Length: 2:34
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Well I stood stone-like at midnight
Suspended in my masquerade
And I combed my hair 'til 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
Came out with my soul untouched

I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd
When they said, "Sit down," I stood up
Ooh-ooh, growin' up

And 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

And 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 warmth 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
Swear I lost everything I ever loved or feared
I was a 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
When they said, "Pull down," I pulled up
Ooh-ooh, growin' up
Ooh-ooh, growin' up
Oh
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From Ground Zero of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band fandom, thank you a thousand times!!!!{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Boohoo}{#Drummer}{#Bananasplit}{#Notworthy}
 Lazarus wrote:
happy 65th birthday to Bruce Springsteen today... 

 
How is it possible that he looked older at 25 than he does at 65?



Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of homeless camps loves this song...

happy 65th birthday to Bruce Springsteen today... 
Ooooohhhh ....throwing up.
 jberko wrote:
I don't get it.  This guy just sucks so bad.

 
Greatest post of all time!  I love the Boss, but a great post!  
What is your problem man?  Chill out.
 

jberko wrote:
I don't get it.  This guy just sucks so bad.

 


 jberko wrote:
I don't get it.  This guy just sucks so bad.

 
Apparently John Hammond at Columbia Records didn't think so...
I actually came to this cool song through Bowie's cover, which along with It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City he was going to include on his Young Americans Album.

Until John Lennon showed up in the studio, the two plus Carlos Alomar worked up a little ditty they called Fame, and then David decided to cover Across the Universe and shelved the Bruce sides.
 Ditto, this is an anthem, not a little coffee house ditty, {#No}, if it's for mom&dad, do it the parlor at home, not to us!
Love the song, but not this version....
 


 jberko wrote:
I don't get it.  This guy just sucks so bad.
 
Yup, you sure don't get it.  

Never too late for you to see the light, though...

There is a live version of this from a small venue where his Mom and/or Dad are int the room.  It's awesome !!!!!
Not everything BrUUUUUUUUUUUce does is OMG amazing!!!!!

Nice treatment for he enthusiast to own as part of one of those nice special CD packs for uber fan.

Good song in original form.
Love the song, but not this version....
I don't get it.  This guy just sucks so bad.
 Mar-tay wrote:

This is not the original album version.
 
Correct, this is from the Tracks album, a compilation of previously unreleased material.  This version is like a demo, only Bruce and his guitar.  The original release (probably recorded after this one) was on Greetings.

Awesome - better on Greetings from Asbury Park - amazing outstanding wonderful on Live 75/85.
I miss this guy, I miss being this guy
Thanks!!
Throwin' up.
 apd wrote:

What an articulate response - I wish I could be that measured but I know I'd just foam at the mouth at any attempt to link Johnny Cougar and Bruce. I don't think they're in the same class. Actually I don't think Mellencamp is in the same class as Bryan Adams! Mellencamp's lazy sentimentality and faux naturalism is too obvious to me - and I don't think either Bruce or Bryan would have the nerve to rip-off "I fought the law" as brazenly as Mellencamp did, for one.
 
Bryan Adams? Musically that man's a no-talent hack. Quite a skilled photographer, though.
 apd wrote:

What an articulate response - I wish I could be that measured but I know I'd just foam at the mouth at any attempt to link Johnny Cougar and Bruce. I don't think they're in the same class. Actually I don't think Mellencamp is in the same class as Bryan Adams! Mellencamp's lazy sentimentality and faux naturalism is too obvious to me - and I don't think either Bruce or Bryan would have the nerve to rip-off "I fought the law" as brazenly as Mellencamp did, for one.
 

{#Yes}
 michaelc wrote:
Friday afternoon special
  update your db this was on Greetings from Asbury park  1973
 
  I so loved this


 


This is not the original album version.
 treatment_bound wrote:


No, there was a version of Springsteen's "Growin' Up" on Bowie's Pin Ups, but it was a bonus track on the 1990 Rykodisc reissue and not on the original LP.
 
Wiki listing of tracks


Friday afternoon special
  update your db this was on Greetings from Asbury park  1973
 
  I so loved this


Such a great song.  And such a great song for a Friday morning. Thanks, Bill, for digging deeper into old Bruce.
 WonderLizard wrote:
 linden wrote:
Ya know, John Mellencamp could have written and performed this song, and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. That's not a slam on either Mellencamp or Springsteen. I just wonder why Springsteen gets the respect and Mellencamp doesn't.

Hmm. I think Mellencamp gets a lot of respect—especially from other musicians. Both are indelibly authentic, both are terrific performers who put together great bands. If Springsteen gets any critical edge IMHO it's because his lyrics are more poetic than Mellencamp's, which tend toward the ham-fisted. Then again, a lot of folks like Mellencamp for just that: he's a plain speaker. On another level, Springsteen has the "discovered by John Hammond" legacy in his corner while Mellencamp has the Johnny Cougar legacy to live down.
 
What an articulate response - I wish I could be that measured but I know I'd just foam at the mouth at any attempt to link Johnny Cougar and Bruce. I don't think they're in the same class. Actually I don't think Mellencamp is in the same class as Bryan Adams! Mellencamp's lazy sentimentality and faux naturalism is too obvious to me - and I don't think either Bruce or Bryan would have the nerve to rip-off "I fought the law" as brazenly as Mellencamp did, for one.
All Hail Bruce.
 orpheus wrote:


that's "Growin' Up and I'm Fine" actually from Mick Ronson's album "Slaughter on 10th Ave."{#Ask}
 

No, there was a version of Springsteen's "Growin' Up" on Bowie's Pin Ups, but it was a bonus track on the 1990 Rykodisc reissue and not on the original LP.


This track is very unfortunate. Please delete from music library.
 MaryM wrote:
I'm a sucker for Springsteen - Grew up in central New Jersey in the 70's - he wrote my theme songs - particularly this one

When they said calm down I threw up!!

 
What exit?

The first draft of "Saint in the City."
 michaelc wrote:

Higher - Much higher.

 

Or you could be in the right place at the right time.


 Stefen wrote:

It would probably be $400,000 now.

 
Higher - Much higher.

 PFM wrote:
Still can't believe we had to pay him $4,000 to come play at our high school. (seemed like a lot at the time).
 
It would probably be $400,000 now.

Must not sing at work . . .
  Must not sing at work . . .
   Must not sing at work
 e_b wrote:
I kind of like the David Bowie version...form "Pin-Ups" i believe.
 

that's "Growin' Up and I'm Fine" actually from Mick Ronson's album "Slaughter on 10th Ave."{#Ask}


Still can't believe we had to pay him $4,000 to come play at our high school. (seemed like a lot at the time).
Must agree with music_knut;The man can't play the guitar !,,,NOT !
I saw Bruce here in Sweden some years ago,in a small place,only him
a few of his acustic guitars and a spellbound audience,one of my top five
concert experiences !

Reminds me of when I, too, was young ... we had a great time, didn't we Bruce??? {#Roflol}
Nice song, indeed!!
MaryM wrote:
I'm a sucker for Springsteen - Grew up in central New Jersey in the 70's - he wrote my theme songs - particularly this one

When they said calm down I threw up!!


That's cool. I grew up in NW Florida in the '70's and for better or worse (probably worse), Jimmy Buffet wrote my theme songs

blew out my flip-flop, stepped on a pop-top, cut my heal, had to cruise on back home

I kind of like the David Bowie version...form "Pin-Ups" i believe.
The best Bruce tracks seem to be the ones i didn't really know.  What can i say Bru-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-uce!
I really like this - so simple...
I'm a sucker for Springsteen - Grew up in central New Jersey in the 70's - he wrote my theme songs - particularly this one

When they said calm down I threw up!!

NIce but not as good as the Asbury Park version.
I have to agree with the comment re where did this Bruce go? Not that I mind where he went but he seemed to have moved on from a period where his writing seems to be richer. I wonder whether some of his attempts at solo work is to find this space again.

John Mellencamp could not have written this song. 
linden wrote:
Ya know, John Mellencamp could have written and performed this song, and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. That's not a slam on either Mellencamp or Springsteen. I just wonder why Springsteen gets the respect and Mellencamp doesn't.

Mellencamp is a Springsteen knock-off.

linden wrote:
Ya know, John Mellencamp could have written and performed this song, and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. That's not a slam on either Mellencamp or Springsteen. I just wonder why Springsteen gets the respect and Mellencamp doesn't.


Maybe it comes down to one having a slightly less cheesy nickname than the other. Meh, to me Mellencamp rode the cliche and Springsteen lived the cliche (in his early stuff), but maybe I was just suckered.

 

Nov 07, 2008 - 08:45 Bruce Springsteen - It's Hard To Be a Saint in the City;

Nov 07, 2008 - 14:05 more vBruce Springsteen - Growin' Up;

valley later of what never!......in any way it is late.