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Chuck Berry – Almost Grown – 1959

About The Song

“Almost Grown” is a lively and influential rock and roll song by Chuck Berry, released in 1959. It showcases Berry’s signature guitar riffs, witty lyrics, and charismatic vocal delivery. As one of Chuck Berry’s notable contributions to the rock and roll genre, “Almost Grown” captures the spirit of youth and the excitement of growing up in the late 1950s.

Five Facts about “Almost Grown” by Chuck Berry (1959):

  1. Release and Chart Performance: “Almost Grown” was released as a single in 1959 and later included on Chuck Berry’s album “One Dozen Berrys.” The song achieved moderate success on the charts, reaching number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  2. Lyrical Themes: The lyrics of “Almost Grown” touch upon the experiences and challenges of adolescence, addressing themes such as independence, rebellion, and the desire for autonomy. Berry’s clever wordplay and storytelling contribute to the song’s enduring appeal.
  3. Influence on Later Musicians: Chuck Berry’s impact on rock and roll is immeasurable, and “Almost Grown” is no exception. The song’s energetic guitar riffs and Berry’s distinctive vocal style have influenced countless musicians, including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
  4. Continuation of Narrative: “Almost Grown” is part of a narrative sequence in Chuck Berry’s songs that follows the character of Johnny B. Goode. This narrative includes other well-known tracks like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Back in the U.S.A.”
  5. Recognition in Pop Culture: The song has been featured in various films, TV shows, and commercials over the years. Its catchy and upbeat nature, combined with Chuck Berry’s iconic sound, has made it a popular choice for soundtracks and a timeless representation of the rock and roll era.



You know I’m almost grown

Yeah and I’m doing all right in school
They ain’t said I broke no rule
I ain’t never been in Dutch
I don’t carouse around too much
Don’t bother me, leave me alone
Anyway I’m almost grown

I don’t run around with no mob
Got myself a little job
I’m going to buy me a little car
Drive my girl in the park
Don’t bother us, leave us alone
Anyway we almost grown

Got my eye on a little girl
Ah, she’s really out of this world
Now I take her to a dance
We started talkin’ about romance
Don’t bother us, leave us alone
Anyway we almost grown

You know I’m still living in town
But I done married and settled down
Now I really have a ball
So I don’t browse around at all
Don’t bother us, leave us alone
Anyway we almost grown