politics

You Can't Get Out of Your Skin

Song: Your Own Worst Enemy
Album: Magic
Year: 2007

My initial reaction was that this is a pretty lazy song by B—clearly filler material. But listen, 2007 was a hard year for us all, what with... the economy and... Afghanistan? And any song that starts with jingle bells can't be all bad. (Perhaps an auditory reference to another person of a jollier quality coming to town, hmm?) (Wait, is Santa Bruce Springsteen's worst enemy?!)

This album was well received by critics, but this song isn't even mentioned in the Wikipedia entry for this album, so how good could it be? Your silence speaks volumes, Internet. Perhaps everyone's just feeling burned for accidentally downloading this instead of the hit 1999 Lit song of a similar title.

"Your Own Worst Enemy" at first appears to be about a murder (Fingerprints! Crime scenes! A variety of mirrors!) but the 'Steen wouldn't be so literal, so I think it's actually about hating yourself. Maybe if you'd written a better song, Bruce, you'd have more self esteem. Or maybe it's about President Bush? That's a pretty good guess during this era of work. Nothing "magic" about that guy, am I right, Bruce? Ha ha ha! Oh, it feels good to laugh. Let's never fight again!

 

Rating: 3 unnecessarily melodramatic string sections out of 10.

This makes me feel: not very sympathetic to his distress. If your worst enemy is Bruce Springsteen (in this case, yourself), that is a pretty great life achievement.

Fun Bruce fact: He's been parodied on Sesame Street with a muppet named Bruce Stringbean singing hits like "Born to Add" and "Barn in the USA". The greatest honour any of us can hope to achieve. (Besides having Bruce Springsteen as your worst enemy—see above.)

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Ragamuffin Gunners

Song: Lost in the Flood
Album: Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ
Year: 1973

I'm starting to get the impression that Bruce isn't so into this whole "war" thing. Another rambley song, but this one gets a little dash of organ about halfway through, which makes me feel fondly towards it in the end. I'm hoping that he gets into rhyming and more populist song structure on the next album but who knows. Lyrically, I feel like someone just took all the words from the first four songs and rearranged things. It's kind of like how Mexican food is really just made of like five different ingredients rearranged in a variety of configurations. Tortillas wrapped around beans and cheese transforms into bean-and-cheese-topped tortillas; disenfranchised men playing guitar become disenfranchised men running away from the Army. But also like Mexican food, this song is satisfying overall and even more enjoyable while drunk.

Rating: 5 war veterans who have been abandoned by their country out of 10.

This makes me feel: like everything is kind of dusty.

Bruce fact: He got out of being drafted for Vietnam by pretending to be crazy. Great problem solving, B!