Growing on Me

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"Growing on Me"
Single by The Darkness
from the album Permission to Land
B-side "How Dare You Call This Love?"
Released 16 June 2003
Format CD single, Digital download
Genre Hard rock, glam metal
Length 3:29
Label Must Destroy
Writer(s) Justin Hawkins, Dan Hawkins, Ed Graham, Frankie Poullain
Producer(s) Pedro Ferreira
The Darkness singles chronology
"Get Your Hands off My Woman"
"Growing on Me"
"I Believe in a Thing Called Love"

"Growing on Me" is a song by the glam rock band The Darkness from their album Permission to Land. It was released as a single on 16 June 2003, peaking at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. It also charted at number 42 and 46 in Ireland and Australia.


Despite rumours surrounding the song's meaning, lead singer Justin Hawkins has refuted suggestions that the lyrics pertain to pubic lice or sexually transmitted infections: "People have said it's about pubic lice, but that's obviously wrong because pubic lice don't grow on you, do they?" Hawkins has also commented on the song's true meaning: "A sweet lady woman that you will never fully fathom or understand, but you love her so much that after a while it doesn't matter."[1]

In popular culture[edit]

The song is featured in the soundtrack to the film School of Rock, despite not actually appearing in the motion picture. The film itself contains another song by the Darkness, "Black Shuck". This change is likely due to the strong language in "Black Shuck"; changing the song on the released soundtrack would avoid an advisory sticker on the release and allow members of the target audience—namely children—to widely purchase the album. It was also featured in the 2004 film Going the Distance.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Growing On Me" - 3:29
  2. "How Dare You Call This Love?" - 4:18
  3. "Bareback" - 4:13
  • Digital download[3]
  1. "Growing On Me" - 3:29
  2. "How Dare You Call This Love?" - 4:18
  3. "Bareback" - 4:13
  • DVD single[4]
  1. "Growing On Me" (Music Video) - 3:29
  2. "Growing On Me" (Outtakes with Audio Track) - 3:29
  1. "Growing On Me" - 3:29
  2. "How Dare You Call This Love?" - 4:18


Chart (2003) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 46
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 42
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 11


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