Well 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
Came out with my soul untouched
I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd
But when they said 'Sit down' I stood up
Ooh-ohh ooh hoo 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 the B-52 and bombed em 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, no
I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd
But when they said Come down I threw up
Ooh-ooh growin' up
I took month-long vacations in the stratosphere
And you know it`s really hard to hold your breath
And I swear I lost everything I ever loved or feared
I was the cosmic kid in full costume dress
Well my feet 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 move down I moved up
Ooh ooh ooh, don`t you know that I'm growin' up
Ooh ooh ooh, I can`t help it that I'm growin' up (ah

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    General CommentWhat a lovely Bruce Springsteen cover. It's on the second disc of the 30th anniversary edition of Diamond Dogs and it's one of the Ryko bonus tracks on Pinups. Bowie and Bruce just don't mix, to tell you the truth (see It's Hard to Be A Saint In the City.)
    davidbowiefan1on October 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is a Bruce Springsten (sic) cover that is included on the second disc of the SE of Diamond Dogs. I don't really care for it since Bowie is all about poetry and Bruce is all about rewriting the same song over and over again. They don't go together.
    Bonehead XLon June 27, 2006   Link

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