Tom Waits – I Don’t Wanna Grow Up


I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” is an experimental rock song performed by musician Tom Waits, co-written by his wife Kathleen Brennan, from the 1992 album Bone Machine. The song is from the point of a view of a child observing that growing older leads to a sense of hopelessness. A music video for this song was directed by Jim Jarmusch In 1995, the punk band Ramones covered the song for their farewell album ¡Adios Amigos!. Indie rock band Broken Social Scene also recorded a cover of this song alongside a cover of their own song “Skyline”

Bone Machine is the eleventh studio album by American singer and musician Tom Waits, released by Island Records on September 8, 1992. It won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album and features guest appearances by David HidalgoLes ClaypoolBrain, and Keith Richards. The album marked Waits’ return to studio albums, coming five years after his previous effort Franks Wild Years (1987).

Recorded in a room in the cellar area of Prairie Sun Recording studios, described by Waits as “just a cement floor and a hot water heater”, the album is often noted for its rough, stripped-down, percussion-heavy style, as well as its dark lyrical themes revolving around death and chaos. The album cover—a blurry, black-and-white, close-up image of Waits apparently screaming while wearing a horned skullcap and protective goggles—was taken by filmmaker Jesse Dylan, son of Bob Dylan