Growin' Up

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"Growin' Up"
Song by Bruce Springsteen
from the album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.
ReleasedJanuary 5, 1973
RecordedJuly–August 1972
914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, New York
Length3:05 (2:40 acoustic version)
LabelColumbia Records
Songwriter(s)Bruce Springsteen
Producer(s)Mike Appel, Jim Cretecos
Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. track listing

"Growin' Up" is a song by Bruce Springsteen from the album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. in 1973.

It is a moderately paced tune, concerning an adolescence as a rebellious New Jersey teen, with lyrics[1] 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."

An acoustic version of the song, part of Springsteen's 1972 audition for CBS Records, appears on Tracks, 18 Tracks, and Chapter and Verse.

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.

The song was featured on the soundtracks of the films Big Daddy (1999) and Gracie (2007).

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.[2] Pearl Jam and The Bouncing Souls have also played it live.


Percussion is audible, but it's unclear if it is Springsteen, Lopez or a session musician playing the tambourine.


  1. ^ Growin' Up: Bruce Springsteen Archived 2006-06-19 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Allmusic Growin' Up". Retrieved 2012-12-08.