"Growin' Up" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
I stood stone-like at midnight, suspended in my masquerade
I combed my hair till it was just right and commanded the night brigade
I was open to pain and crossed by the rain and I walked on a crooked crutch
I strolled all alone through a fallout zone and come out with my soul untouched
I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, but when they said, "Sit down," I stood up
Ooh...growin' up

The flag of piracy flew from my mast, my sails were set wing to wing
I had a jukebox graduate for first mate, she couldn't sail but she sure could sing
I pushed b-52 and bombed them with the blues with my gear set stubborn on standing
I broke all the rules, strafed my old high school, never once gave thought to landing
I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, but when they said, "Come down," I threw up
Ooh...growin' up

I took month-long vacations in the stratosphere, and you know it's really hard to hold your breath
I swear I lost everything I ever loved or feared, I was the cosmic kid in full costume dress
Well, my feet they finally took root in the earth, but I got me a nice little place in the stars
And I swear I found the key to the universe in the engine of an old parked car
I hid in the mother breast of the crowd, but when they said, "Pull down," I pulled up
Ooh...growin' up
Ooh...growin' up

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"Growin' Up" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    General CommentI believe the line actually says

    "I hid in the clouded warmth of the crowd but when they said, "Calm down," I threw up"
    Image In Nationon December 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPretty simple song to realize the meaning, its all about growin up.
    A22loudoggon July 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood one. I'll agree.
    Buddha of Suburbiaon December 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreminds me of myself...great metaphors and stuff
    it reminds me of summer
    born2runon February 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLive version is superb - "bye bye New Jersey, we were airbourne"
    nagromnaion February 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe acoustic version on 18 tracks is way better than the Asbury Park version in my opinion. I think this song can be related to anyone in the teenage/early 20 years.
    ScubaDooon December 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe live 1975-1985 version is really strong. "i guess you'll have to settle for rock and roll"...BOOM! (paraphrased). amazing.
    YouKnowStuffon June 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyoutube.com/… - "It's about becoming a man - or maybe a woman too, I don't know" =D
    Christofferzon November 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe general meaning is about him growing up but there are a lot of things to question - such as this - strolled all alone through a fallout zone and came out with my soul untouched
    derek1969on February 16, 2014   Link

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