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"Growin' Up"
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
Genre Rock
Length 3:05
Label Columbia Records
Writer Bruce Springsteen
Producer Mike Appel, Jim Cretecos
Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. track listing
"Blinded by the Light" "Growin' Up"
(2)
"Mary Queen Of Arkansas"
(3)

"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."

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 live album Live/1975-85. The song has been performed live about 270 times.

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

The song was featured in the 1999 film Big Daddy and the 2007 film Gracie.

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.[2]

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