Growin’Up – Los Angeles 1985

Uno de los mejores momentos en directo de Bruce Springsteen y la E Street Band. Memorable versión de “Growin’Up”  de 14 minutos del último concierto de la gira del Born In The USA celebrado en el Memorial Coliseum en Los Angeles del 2 de Octubre de 1985. Versión de 15 minutos en la que Springsteen y Clarence acompañados de unos osos en directo cuentan la divertida historia de como empezaron a tocar Rock And Roll. Alucinante.

 

Bruce Springsteen & Clarence Clemons  en “Growin’ Up” :

´´Now, there I was….I was still in high school but I wasn´t doing too good….I was doing bad in my studies and they sent me down to see the guidance counsellor…and I walked in and he said….´Mr.Springsteen, what seems to be your problem ?´ so I said ´Well, Sir, it´s like, you see….I don´t have any interest in anything….I don´t know what I want to do with myself, I don´t care what´s going on around me, I ain´t got any faith, I don´t have any hope in anything, I don´t have any close interpersonal relationship with a member of the opposite sex, I don´t have, uh´….he said ´No, that´s, that´s too big a problem…. you better go home and talk to your folks about it´…. so I went home and I went in the kitchen and my Pop was in there and I said ´Pop….man, I got sent home from school, I been in a lot of trouble lately and….I really gotta talk to you about something, I don´t know what´s gonna happen with me, I don´t, I don´t have any interest in anything, I daydream in class all the time and I don´t have any faith in anything….in myself, I don´t have any hope in anything´ and he said….. Will you get me another beer out of the icebox ?´….so that was it…. I decided I was gonna do myself in….I was gonna end it all….I was gonna say ´Goodbye cruel world´, yeah !… so I got out and I hitchhiked down to Asbury Park…..I was gonna jump in the ocean and drown myself ….I was sitting there on the boardwalk….contemplating the water temperature ….when all of a sudden in the distance….this big handsome dude came walking….he kind of sat down next to me, I started saying my prayers….but we kind of got talking….I was telling him all about my problems….then he started telling me all about his problems….then we cried on each other´s shoulder for a while…. but we decided that we´d make a good team and we became partners….. that´s right, that´s right, that´s right….and Clarence, he said that he knew a gypsy lady that could help us out with our troubles….so over to the gypsy we went….it was late at night, the boardwalk was deserted….we walked in, we paid our 2.50 each, I had to loan Clarence his 2.50….and she looked into the crystal ball and she said….´You boys are in a lot of trouble´…. paid another 2.50…. I ain´t get it back yet either (chuckles)….and we looked ….and she looked into the crystal ball and then she said….´You boys are gonna go on a real long trip…you´re gonna seek out new forms of life….you´re gonna explore new worlds….you´re gonna go where no men have ever gone before….and stay twice as long….and have a lot of fun doing it too´….and she gave us a map….to the secret of the world and she said if we followed that map at midnight, we´d find the answer to all our troubles….so that night we got into Clarence´s Oldsmobile and we started driving south down Route 9…. south through the rain, down through Lakewood, down through Freehold, down through Toms River….and a hurricane hit and then a tornado blew across the highway and then a blizzard hit and then a heatwave broke and then the roof flew off the car and then we got two flat tires and then the fenders flew off and then the engine block cracked and then the carburetor went and then the windows blew out and then and then and then….the radio broke !!!…. you know what that´s like….but there we were…..on the side of this….dark dirt road and according to the map what we were looking for was just on the other side of those woods…..so into the forest we went….it was spooky in there….there were sounds coming from all over the place….. sounded like werewolves (cheers)….sounded like homicidal cows (crowd moos)…. sounded like mad dogs barking (crowd barks)….sounded like the Jersey Devil out there ! (crowd cheers)….and, now, Big Man, I ain´t ever heard of no killer beasts like in New Jersey or nothing…. did you ? no ?….I heard of killer hamburgers but no killer beasts….I think we´re safe out here, don´t you ? yeah…..we´re alright….I think I hear something behind us…..I think I hear something behind us….I think I hear something behind us, Clarence, oh, Clarence…..whooa! and all of a sudden up behind us came these two big man-eating bears but instead of jumping on us and making us their dinner, they were acting kind of friendly….and they said that they weren´t mean but that they were just lonely….and that they´d been out in the woods for a long time by themselves after they escaped from the circus ´cause they got tired of living in them cages….and they said that if we´d be their friends that they´d help us find what we were looking for….and so back into the forest we went…..and all of a sudden the clouds pulled away from the moon and there in a clearing we saw the answer to our quest…. and then we said goodbye to the bears for the last time…..and as we stood there in the moonlight we knew that everything was gonna be all right…..because ….because….when we touched…”

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