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|Song by Bruce Springsteen from the album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.|
|Released||January 5, 1973|
914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, New York
|Producer||Mike Appel, Jim Cretecos|
|Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. track listing|
It is a moderately-paced tune, concerning an adolescence as a rebellious New Jersey teen, with lyrics written in the first-person. The lyrics feature a chorus that is progressively modified as the song continues, with the first chorus being "I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd but when they said 'Sit down,' I stood up," while the second chorus switches to "clouded warmth...'come down,' I threw up" and the third finishes the song with "mother breast...'pull down,' I pulled up."
The track soon became a live favorite for the Springsteen audiences and Springsteen often told a long history of his problems with his father as an intro to the song. A version of this history can be heard on the album Live/1975-85. The song has been performed live about 270 times.
David Bowie recorded a version of this song in the early stages of the Diamond Dogs sessions with Ronnie Wood on lead guitar. In 1990 this was released as a bonus track on the Rykodisc reissue of his Pin Ups album, and in 2004 it appeared on the bonus disc of the 30th anniversary edition of Diamond Dogs. The song has also been covered by Any Trouble, John Hammond, Jr., Portastic and Alvin Stardust. Pearl Jam has also played it live.
- Growin' Up: brucespringsteen.net: Bruce Springsteen
- "Allmusic Growin' Up". Retrieved 2012-12-08.
- Bruce Springsteen - vocals, acoustic guitar
- Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez - drums
- Gary Tallent - bass
- David Sancious - piano, keyboards