Your Own Worst Enemy

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song name Your Own Worst Enemy
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Dial-A-Song, Factory Showroom, John Henry + Factory Showroom
year 1996
first played August 14, 1996 (51 known performances)
run time 1:45
sung by John Linnell


In a sense, the sound of this track harkens back to the earliest They Might Be Giants recordings. All the percussion is from a tiny Yamaha sound module. The bass is a cello plucked by Mr. Garo Yellin. The words, which visit the themes of depression, alcoholism, and self-destruction, are the original products of our own imaginations, although the chorus makes fleeting reference to a popular soft-rock song from the '70's: 'Precious and few are the moments we two can share.'
  • From the Q&A with John Linnell: "Most of the sounds come from a small, inexpensive box made by Yamaha called the MU5. It's something I carry around with me. The MIDI stuff on my "House of Mayors" recording was recorded with the MU5 and a laptop computer in a summer house in upstate New York."
  • This song's lyrics may reference the early '70s hit "Precious and Few" by Climax.

Song Themes

Aversion To Work, Bells, Body Parts, Doors, Drinking, Insanity, Music, People (Real)


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