When I Grow Up


About When I Grow Up

"When I Grow Up" is a 1998 song written, recorded and produced by alternative rock band Garbage. The song was released as the fourth international single to be taken from the band's multi-platinum second album Version 2.0 over the course of the following year. "When I Grow Up" was the first split-single release in Europe for Garbage, in some countries, "The Trick Is to Keep Breathing" was released in its place. "When I Grow Up" proved to be a charting hit in both United Kingdom and Spain, before going on to become Garbage's most successful single release in Australia and New Zealand at that point in their career. In North America, "When I Grow Up" served as one of two singles (along with Sheryl Crow's cover version of "Sweet Child O' Mine") released from the soundtrack to the Adam Sandler comedy film Big Daddy. 


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Cut my tongue out
I've been caught out
Like a giant juggernaut
Happy hours
Golden showers
On a cruise to freak you out

We could fly a helicopter
Nothing left to talk about
Entertain you
Celebrate you
I'll be back to frame you

When I grow up
I'll be stable
When I grow up
I'll turn the tables

Trying hard to fit among you
Floating out to wonderland
God I'm pregnant
Damn the consequences

When I grow up
I'll be stable
When I grow up
I'll turn the tables

Blood and blisters
On my fingers
Chaos rules when we're apart
Watch my temper
I go mental
I'll try to be gentle

When I grow up
I'll be stable
When I grow up
I'll turn the tables

When I grow up
When I grow up
When I grow up
I'll turn the tables

Don't take offense
Better make amends
Rip it all to shreds and let it go

I rip it all to shreds and let it go
I rip it all to shreds and let it go
I rip it all to shreds and let it go

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Garbage is an alternative rock band formed in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1994. The group consists of Scottish singer Shirley Manson (vocals, guitar) and American musicians Duke Erikson (bass, guitar, keyboards, percussion), Steve Marker (guitar, keyboards) and Butch Vig (drums, percussion). All four members are involved in songwriting and production. The band have counted worldwide album sales of over 17 million units. more »

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Written by: Bryan David Vig, Douglas Elwin Erickson, Shirley Ann Manson, Steve W Marker

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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12 facts about this song

Release Date
"When I Grow Up" by Garbage was released as a single on January 25, 1999.
The song is included in their second studio album, "Version 2.0," which was released on May 11, 1998.
Chart Performance
"When I Grow Up" reached number 9 on the UK Singles Chart and number 13 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in the U.S.
Due to its popularity, the song was remixed by several DJs including Danny Tenaglia and Junior Vasquez.
Music Video
The song's music video, directed by Sophie Muller, features the band performing the song on a stage that progressively rises as they take on the appearance of a zoetrope. It also earned a nomination for Best Group Video at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.
The lyrics of "When I Grow Up" were inspired by lead singer Shirley Manson's teenage years, exploring the fear and uncertainty of maturing and changing.
Critics View
Critics generally gave positive reviews to the song, with many praising its rebellious nature and catchy, infectious beat.
Live Performances
Garbage used "When I Grow Up" as the opening number in their concerts during their 1999 world tour.
The song was written by the four members of Garbage, namely: Shirley Manson, Butch Vig, Duke Erikson, and Steve Marker.
Unlike many of Garbage's other songs, "When I Grow Up" features a comparably more dominant guitar part.
Commercial Use
The song has been used in various TV series and films, such as "Big Daddy," "Sugar & Spice," and "Sex and the City."
For the 20th anniversary of the "Version 2.0" album, "When I Grow Up" was remastered and re-released in 2018.

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