YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY

Album version


You can't sleep at night
You can't dream your dream
Your fingerprints on file
Left clumsily at the scene

Your own worst enemy has come to town
Your own worst enemy has come to town

Yesterday the people were at ease
Baby slept in peace
You closed your eyes and saw her
You knew who you were

Now
your own worst enemy has come to town
Your own worst enemy has come
Your world keeps turnin' 'round and 'round
But everything is upside down
Your own worst enemy has come to town

There's a face you know
Staring back from the shop window
The condition you're in
Now you just can't get out of this skin

Ah ah ah
Ah ah ah
Ah ah ah
Hooo...

The times they got too clear
So you removed all the mirrors
Once the family felt secure
Now no one's very sure

Your own worst enemy has come to town
Your own worst enemy has come
Everything is falling down
Your own worst enemy has come to town
Your own worst enemy has come
Everything is falling down
Your own worst enemy has come to town

Your flag it flew so high
It drifted into the sky


Info

YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 2007 album Magic. The above lyrics are for Springsteen's album version of YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY as released in 2007.

Composition and Recording

It's unknown when exactly YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY was written, but the song was recorded during the Magic recording sessions which took place between March and May 2007 at Southern Tracks Studios in Atlanta, GA. The song features Patrick Warren on Chamberlin and/or tack piano, and a string section consisting of Kenn Wagner (violin), Jay Christy (violin), Justin Bruns (violin), William Pu (violin), Cristopher Pulgram (violin), John Meisner (violin), Olga Shpitko (violin), Sheela Lyengar (violin), Tania Maxwell Clements (viola), Amy Chang (viola), Lachlan McBane (viola), Karen Freer (cello), Daniel Laufer (cello), and Charae Kruege (cello).

Magic

Magic is Bruce Springsteen's fifteenth studio album. It was released on 02 Oct 2007 on Columbia Records. The album was officially announced, along with its track listing, on 16 Aug 2007. It was produced by Brendan O'Brien and was recorded between March and May 2007 at Southern Tracks Studios in Atlanta, GA.

Bruce Springsteen -- Magic
Bruce Springsteen -- Magic

Magic was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album but failed to win. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, becoming Springsteen's eighth number one album in the U.S. and selling about 335,000 copies in its first week. Magic also peaked at number one in several European countries including the UK.

The album features 12 tracks and clocks at 50:48. The twelfth track is bonus hidden track that was added to the album two weeks after the album was announced.

Live History

In preparation for the Magic Tour, YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY is known to have been practiced during at least two of the private rehearsals that took place in September 2007 in Asbury Park prior to the tour's first leg.

  1. 12 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  2. 14 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)

YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY was performed 6 times during the Magic Tour (100 dates, October 2007 to August 2008), all in the United States.

  1. 10 Oct 2007 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  2. 21 Oct 2007 at United Center, Chicago, IL
  3. 25 Oct 2007 at Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  4. 02 Nov 2007 at Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN

  5. 29 Mar 2008 at Keyarena At Seattle Center, Seattle, WA
  6. 25 Apr 2008 at Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

Bruce Springsteen appeared at a total of six Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers concerts at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, in 2010, 2011, and 2014. YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY was performed on 05 Nov 2010 and 04 Nov 2011. The song was played solo on acoustic guitar.

  1. 05 Nov 2010 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
  2. 04 Nov 2011 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY was performed during the eleventh (2011) annual Light Of Day benefit. The song was played solo acoustic.

  1. 15 Jan 2011 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (during the eleventh annual Light Of Day benefit)

Covers

As far as it's known, no artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY.

Credits

Thanks Sanjiv, Leroy, and Rikard for the lyrics help.

Available Versions

List of available versions of YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY on this website:

YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY [Album version]

Page last updated: 05 Oct 2013