Growing Pains

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
Composer Arthur Schwartz
Lyricist Dorothy Fields
Year Written 1951
ABOUT Growing Pains
“Growing Pains” was written for the 1951 Broadway musical A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, based on the 1943 novel of the same name by Betty Smith.


One day your mama drops the hem of your skirt
Next day you give up yelling what’s for dessert
You can’t explain it but you’re one solid hurt
Baby, you’ve got growing pains

Your Christmas penny doesn’t look half so bright
Papa’s not president since maybe tonight
When you’re not quite so sure that Mom’s always right
Baby, you’ve got growing pains
Nothing’s wrong, just growing pains
And they’ll never hurt too long

When there are cobwebs in dreams that you weave
When there’s no magic in the words ‘Make believe’
When doubt comes peeping out and tugs at your sleeve
Baby, you’ve got growing pains

When you come home from school and don’t slam the door
Ride down the banisters or slide ‘cross the floor
When you don’t cry for every toy in the store
Baby, you’ve got growing pains
They’re not bad, just growing pains
You’ll be awfully glad you had

Session / Album Information


Growing Pains was recorded on January 5, 1959 and was released in 1959 on Basie/Bennett. The song was arranged by Ralph Sharon.

This recording released on:

  • 1959: Emus Records LP 12″: ES-12026 — Strike Up The Band
  • 1961: Roulette LP 12″: R/SR-25072 — Basie Swings, Bennett Sings
  • 1961: Roulette LP 12″: SR 25231 — Bennett & Basie – Strike Up The Band
  • 1963: Roulette LP 12″: R/SR-25231 — Strike Up the Band
  • 1966: Allegro LP 12″: ALLR 799 — A One Night Stand! [UK]
  • 1969: Saga Eros LP 12″: EROS 8076 — Tony Bennett and Count Basie
  • 1981: Reactivation LP 12″: JR 149 — Bennett & Basie [UK]
  • 1987: Roulette CD: RCD 59021 — Strike Up the Band
  • 1990: Roulette Jazz CD: CDP 7 93899 2 — Basie/Bennett
  • 1990: Roulette CD: B2-93899 — Basie Swings, Bennett Sings
  • 1995: DCC CD: DZS 004 — Chicago
  • 1995: Smithsonian Collection CD: A 24150 — American Songbook Series: Dorothy Fields
  • 1995: Garland CD: 21 — Chicago
  • 2002: Prestige Elite CD: 220 — Chicago
  • 2007: Proper CD: PROPERBOX 121 — Young Tony
  • 2007: St.Clair CD: STCR 52282 — Forever Gold: Tony Bennett & Friends
  • 2008: Jasmine CD: JASCD482 — Together At Last/A Perfect Combination
  • 2011: Disc #13 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK13) Basie/Bennett
  • 2012: Essential Media Group: Bennett & Basie Strike Up The Band (Digitally Remastered) (CD-R on-demand)

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