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|Song by Bruce Springsteen|
|from the album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.|
|Released||January 5, 1973|
|Recorded||July–August 1972 |
914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, New York
|Length||3:05 (2:40 acoustic version)|
|Producer(s)||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."
During the Born to Run tours and following Darkness Tour, Springsteen often performed an extended version of this song, extending it with a long, sometimes exaggerated and/or fictional biographical narration of his youth and his passion for guitar playing.
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., Portastatic and Alvin Stardust. Pearl Jam and The Bouncing Souls have also played it live.
- Bruce Springsteen - vocals, guitars
- Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez - drums
- Garry Tallent - bass
- David Sancious - piano, keyboards
Percussion is audible, but it's unclear if it is Springsteen, Lopez or a session musician playing the tambourine.
- Growin' Up: brucespringsteen.net: Bruce Springsteen Archived 2006-06-19 at the Wayback Machine
- "Allmusic Growin' Up". Retrieved 2012-12-08.