WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN

Album version


I been knocking on the door that holds the throne
I been looking for the map that leads me home
I been stumbling on good hearts turned to stone
The road of good intentions has gone dry as a bone
We take care of our own
We take care of our own
Wherever this flag's flown
We take care of our own

From Chicago to New Orleans, from the muscle to the bone
From the shotgun shack to the Superdome
There ain't no help, the cavalry stayed home
There ain't no one hearing the bugle blowin'
We take care of our own
We take care of our own
Wherever this flag's flown
We take care of our own

Where're the eyes, the eyes with the will to see
Where're the hearts that run over with mercy
Where's the love that has not forsaken me
Where's the work that set my hands, my soul free
Where's the spirit that'll reign, reign over me
Where's the promise from sea to the shining sea
Where's the promise from sea to the shining sea
Wherever this flag is flown
Wherever this flag is flown
Wherever this flag is flown

We take care of our own
We take care of our own
Wherever this flag's flown
We take care of our own
We take care of our own
We take care of our own
Wherever this flag's flown
We take care of our own


Info

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 2012 album Wrecking Ball. The above lyrics are for Springsteen's album version of WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN as released on Wrecking Ball.

The album version of WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN was included on The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition) compilation album and the Collection: 1973-2012 compilation album.

The song was nominated for two 2012 Grammy Awards, Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song.

Composition and Recording

At a listening party and press conference that was held on 16 Feb 2012 at Théâtre Marigny in Paris, France, Springsteen said that he wrote WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN around 2009 or 2010. "I [then] put it away in my book".

"From sea to shining sea" is an American idiom meaning from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean (or vice versa).

It has not yet been revealed when the song was recorded, but it's probably in 2011. On this track, Bruce Springsteen, Ron Aniello, Soozie Tyrell (backing vocals), Patti Scialfa (backing vocals), Lisa Lowell (backing vocals), and the New York String Section (strings).

Single

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN is the leading single from the Wrecking Ball album. It was released on 19 Jan 2012 as a digital single on Amazon.com and iTunes.

Bruce Springsteen -- We Take Care Of Our Own (single cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- We Take Care Of Our Own (single cover art)

The single was issued on CD-R for promotional purposes in the USA, Europe, and Japan.

Bruce Springsteen -- We Take Care Of Our Own (Finland single)
Bruce Springsteen -- We Take Care Of Our Own

CD-R single – Sony Music (USSM11107315) - Finland, 2012

1-track promotional single, comes in a clear plastic sleeve with picture inlay.

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Bruce Springsteen -- We Take Care Of Our Own (Holland single)
Bruce Springsteen -- We Take Care Of Our Own

CD-R single – Sony Music (USSM11107315) - Holland, 2012

1-track promotional single, comes in a slimline jewel case with picture insert.

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Bruce Springsteen -- We Take Care Of Our Own (Japan single)
Bruce Springsteen -- We Take Care Of Our Own

CD-R single - Sony (no catalog number) - Japan, 2012

1-track promotional single, comes in a slimline jewel case with picture insert.

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Bruce Springsteen -- We Take Care Of Our Own (UK single)
Bruce Springsteen -- We Take Care Of Our Own

CD-R single - Columbia (no catalog number) - UK, 2012

1-track promotional single, comes in a clear plastic sleeve with picture inlay.

01- WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN
Bruce Springsteen -- We Take Care Of Our Own (USA single)
Bruce Springsteen -- We Take Care Of Our Own

CD-R single - Columbia (88697 95189 2) - USA, 2012

1-track promotional single, comes in a slimline jewel case with picture insert.

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The WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN single had moderate success in Spain, Italy, and Japan.

Country Chart Peak position Weeks in chart Charting period
Croatia HR Top 20 (foreign) 3 March 2012
Ireland Irish Singles Chart 41 1 January 2012
Italy 35 3 Jan-Feb 2012
Japan Japan Hot 100 34 2 February 2012
Spain PROMUSICAE Top 50 songs 14 2 January 2012
The Netherlands GfK Dutch Single Top 100 73 2 January 2012
UK The UK Radio Airplay Chart 27 6 Jan-Feb 2012
UK UK Singles Chart 111 1 January 2012
USA Billboard Rock Songs 43 3 Jan-Feb 2012
USA Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (100+) 6 1 January 2012

Music Video

A music video of WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN was first released on 19 Jan 2012 on Bruce Springsteen's YouTube channel to coincide with the single release. It's a basic promo clip containing various new photos of Springsteen and the song's lyrics.


The final, official music video was released on 10 Feb 2012, on both Bruce Springsteen's official website and Bruce Springsteen's YouTube channel. Apparently it was not ready when the single was released the previous month. The video was directed by Thom Zimny and was shot on 13 Jan 2012 in downtown Asbury Park, NJ. Locations include the Savoy Theatre, The Press Room bar, and Frank's Deli & Restaurant. European tourists, who were in town for the Light Of Day concert, were used as extras in the video; they were filmed marching down Mattison Avenue. The video is shot in black and white for the first half and color for the second half


Wrecking Ball

Wrecking Ball is Bruce Springsteen's seventeenth studio album. It was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen and executive producer Jon Landau, and features special guest appearances from Tom Morello and Matt Chamberlain. The album features 11 new Springsteen recordings and a special edition includes two bonus tracks. All 13 tracks are Springsteen compositions, three of which have previously been released in live forms.

Before the album came together, Springsteen was originally working on a gospel record on which he spent on-and-off about a year. He had written about 30 to 40 songs, including WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN, SHACKLED AND DRAWN, and ROCKY GROUND. In a December 2013 interview for Rolling Stone, Ron Aniello told Andy Greene: "Those were about 30 or 40 songs. They were very unique for him, unlike anything I'd ever heard." Aniello later wanted to work on these songs, to help arrange them or give Springsteen ideas for a potential release, but instead he worked on what became High Hopes and none of those songs ended up on the 2014 album. "Those are lovely songs, but none of them are on this record." When asked how he would describe the sound of those songs, Aniello said, "I would compare them to Aaron Copland. It has a very open landscape feel and I guess... You wouldn't call it country. It's just very hard to describe. You'll just have to wait. I'm actually working on some of the songs now and going through them. He's looking for a way to approach that album." At the end of the interview, Aniello said that he doesn't know if any of those pre-Wrecking Ball songs are going to be released someday. "It's all up to Bruce. I know they're going on tour in January. Hopefully sometime in 2014 they'll be interested in hearing my record."

Then Springsteen decided to drop the project and started focusing on solo material. It was on 09 Jan 2011 that Ron Aniello first went to Colts Neck to help Springsteen finish arrangements for the project he was working on. After they had been working together for about a month, Springsteen wrote EASY MONEY which was a different style of song to what they've been working on before. As Aniello told to WCHR-FM's Tom Cunningham, "things just started steam rolling into this other record, you know, not sure what was going round in his mind." Springsteen was bringing in more songs, and it was evident that the direction of the music was changing. Jon Landau came in, listened to the music, and after a discussion with Springsteen they decided to do a new album. "Literally, this man bought in a new song every day. He just bulldozed us with these songs," Aniello explained.

Springsteen was coming in every morning with a new song and it would start with just him and his guitar. He would then sing a rhythm to Aniello, or sit down at the drums and play a beat. Aniello was looping these drum beats – no drum machines were used on Wrecking Ball – and adding other layers, like loops of percussion, also played by Springsteen. According to Aniello, this was done just for convenience because they were alone in studio, songs were coming in quick, and there were no other musicians there. The loops stayed, and other instruments were added at later stages. "Ron brought a large library of sound that allowed me to explore – like maybe a hip-hop drum loop or country-blues stomp loop," Springsteen told Rolling Stone in 2012. "The actual drums came later. There was no preconceived set of instruments that needed to be used, I could go anywhere, do anything, use anything. It was very wide open." Everybody who was around was participating in the recording. They even jumped on pieces of plywood, built some some risers to stomp on, and hit couches to makes noises.

Wrecking Ball was mainly recorded at Stone Hill Studio, Springsteen's home studio at his Colts Neck, NJ farm house. The album was released on Columbia Records on 05 Mar 2012 in the UK, 06 Mar 2012 in the United States, and 21 Mar 2012 in Japan.

Bruce Springsteen -- Wrecking Ball (album cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- Wrecking Ball (album cover art)

Wrecking Ball was recorded with a large ensemble of musicians. There's a core of six musicians, while all others are just guest artists. Some E Street Band members appear on a few of the tracks. According to Ron Aniello, the album credits are "a mess" and will be revised in future reissues.

  • Bruce Springsteen (lead vocals, guitars, banjo, piano, organ, drums, percussion, and loops) appears on all the album's tracks.
  • Ron Aniello (guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, loops, percussion, hurdy gurdy, and backing vocals) appears on all of the album's tracks. He is also the album producer.
  • Matt Chamberlain (drums and percussion) appears on tracks 3, 5, and 8.
  • Max Weinberg (drums) is an E Street Band member and appears on tracks 7, 11, and 13.
  • Steve Jordan (percussion) has previously appeared on Springsteen's Devils & Dust, playing drums and percussion. He plays percussion on track 2.
  • Kevin Buell (drums and backing vocals) is Springsteen's guitar technician. He appears on track 5.
  • Charles Giordano (accordion, piano, B-3 organ, and celeste) recorded and toured with The Seeger Sessions Band and joined the E Street band in 2008. He appears on most of the album's tracks.
  • Marc Muller (pedal steel guitar) is a multi-instrumentalist who mainly plays string instruments. He plays pedal steel guitar on track 3.
  • Tom Morello (electric guitar) appears on tracks 4 and 6.
  • Greg Leisz (banjo, mandola, and lap steel) is a multi-instrumentalist, mainly playing lap and pedal steel guitars, guitar, mandolin, and bass. He appears on tracks 8 and 11.
  • Rob Lebert (electric guitar and backing vocals) appears on tracks 5, 7, 8, 12, and 13.
  • Darrell Leonard (trumpet and bass trumpet) is a Los Angeles based trumpet player, composer and arranger. He appears on track 11.
  • Curt Ramm (trumpet and cornet) toured with The Seeger Sessions Band. He appears on tracks 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, and 10.
  • Clark Gayton (trombone) toured with The Seeger Sessions Band. He appears on tracks 3, 4, 8, 9, and 10.
  • Stan Harrison (clarinet, alto sax, and tenor sax) has previously appeared on Springsteen's The Promise, playing tenor saxophone. He appears on tracks 3, 4, 8, 9, and 10.
  • Ed Manion (tenor sax and baritone sax) is a member of The Miami Horns and he toured with the E Street band in 1988 and recorded and toured with The Seeger Sessions Band. He appears on tracks 3, 4, 8, 9, and 10.
  • Dan Levine (alto horn and euphonium) is a New York City based musician who plays several horn instruments in studios and live. He appears on tracks 3, 4, 9, and 10.
  • Art Baron (euphonium, tuba, sousaphone, and penny whistle) recorded and toured with The Seeger Sessions Band. He appears on tracks 3, 4, 5, 9, and 10.
  • Clarence Clemons (saxophone) was an E Street Band member and appears on tracks 7 and 10.
  • Soozie Tyrell (violin and backing vocals) started touring with the E Street band in 2002 and toured with The Seeger Sessions Band in 2006. She appears on most of the album's tracks.
  • Patti Scialfa (backing vocals and vocal arrangements) is Springsteen's wife and a member of the E Street Band since 1984. She appears on most of the album's tracks.
  • Lisa Lowell (backing vocals) has been singing backup vocals on several Springsteen albums since 1992 and recorded and toured with The Seeger Sessions Band. She appears on tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, and 12.
  • Cindy Mizelle (background vocals) toured with The Seeger Sessions Band and the E Street Band in 2009. She appears on track 3.
  • Ross Peterson (backing vocals) appears on tracks 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, and 13.
  • Cliff Norrell (tuba and backing vocals) is the album's recording engineer. He appears on tracks 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, and 13.
  • New York String Section (strings), also known as the New York Chamber Consort, consists of Rob Mathes (orchestration), Sandy Park (string contractor), Lisa Kim (concertmaster), Myumju Lee (violin), Ann Lehmaan (violin), Lizz Lim (violin), Johanna Marher (violin), Annaliesa Place (violin), Fiona Simon (violin), Sharon Yamada (violin), Jung Sun Yu (violin), Karen Dreyfus (viola), Daniel Panner (viola), Robert Rinehart (viola), Mina Smith (cello), and Alan Stepansky (cello). It appears on tracks 1, 4, and 7.
  • Victorious Gospel Choir (backing vocals) has previously appeared on Springsteen's The Rising. On Wrecking Ball, the choir includes Michelle Moore, Antoinette Savage, Corinda Carford, Tiffeny Andrews, Soloman Cobbs, and Lillie Brown. It appears on tracks 2, 9, and 10. Michelle Moore is credited separately on the three tracks. The remaining singers are credited individually on track 2, and as the Victorious Gospel Choir on tracks 9 and 10.
  • Jeremy McCoy (bass violin) is a bass guitar player. He appears on track 12.
  • Dan Shelly (bassoon) is an orchestra bassoon player. He appears on track 12.
  • Mark Romatz (contra bassoon) is an orchestra bassoon player. He appears on track 12.
  • Steven Van Zandt (mandolin and backing vocals) is an E Street Band member. He appears on tracks 7, 10, and 13.

Wrecking Ball is available in three configurations: standard CD edition, special CD edition, and double-disc LP. The special CD edition features two bonus tracks and exclusive packaging. The double-disc LP is pressed on 180-gram vinyl and includes a CD version of the album.

The album topped the charts in 16 countries, including the United States and the UK.

Country Chart Peak position
Australia Aria Top 50 Albums Chart 2
Austria Alben Top 75 1
Belgium Ultratop 50 Albums (Flanders) 1
Belgium Ultratop 50 Albums (Wallonia) 3
Canada Billboard Top Canadian Albums 3
Croatia Arhiva Kombiniranih (all artists chart) 1
Croatia Arhiva Stranih (foreign artists sub-chart) 1
Czech Republic 4
Denmark Album 40 1
Finland Suomen Virallinen Albumilista 1
France Top 200 Albums 3
Germany Media Control Charts Top 100 Albums 1
Greece 24
Hong Kong 22
Hungary Top 40 Albums 2
Ireland Top 100 Individual Artist Albums 1
Israel 3
Italy Top 20 Albums 1
Japan Japan Hot 100 16
New Zealand Album Top 40 1
Norway VG Lista Topp 40 Album 1
Poland Poland Albums Top 50 10
Portugal Albums Top 30 4
Slovenia 3
Spain Album Top 100 1
Sweden Sverigetopplistan Albums Top 60 1
Switzerland Albums Top 100 1
The Netherlands GFK Dutch AlbumTop 100 1
UK Official UK Albums Top 100 1
USA Billboard 200 1

The Essential Bruce Springsteen

The Essential Bruce Springsteen is a compilation album released as part of Sony BMG'S (previously Sony Music Entertainment) series of "Essential" sets. According to Springsteen's liner notes comments, the collection was intended as an introduction to his music for new fans who attended shows on The Rising Tour.

The collection is fundamentally a 2-disc set (clocking at 153:37) compiling songs from all of Springsteen's studio albums to date plus his Live In New York City release. A 3-disc limited edition (clocking at 201:04) was also released. It includes a bonus third disc comprising of a selection of rarities and previously unreleased recordings.

The Essential Bruce Springsteen was released on 11 Nov 2003 on Columbia Records. It debuted and peaked at #14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart where it spent 13 weeks. It also reached #28 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was awarded certified gold and platinum records by the RIAA on 16 Dec 2003.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition)

The Essential Bruce Springsteen was reissued on 16 Oct 2015, this time as a 2-disc set (clocking at 156:25) with an updated track list, compiling songs from all of Springsteen's studio albums to date plus his Greatest Hits (1995 edition) collection. This 2015 reissue features remastered tracks not found in that form on other Springsteen releases.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition)

Collection: 1973-2012

Collection: 1973-2012 is a Bruce Springsteen compilation album released on Columbia Records in 2013. It was released on 08 Mar 2013 in Australia and 15 Apr 2013 in Europe. The compilation was not released commercially in the United States. Instead, a promotional version was given out exclusively to $1,500 ticket holders at the "MusiCares Person Of The Year" tribute event held in Los Angeles, CA, on 08 Feb 2013. The event honoured Springsteen for both his artistic achievements and philanthropic efforts. The compilation consists of 18 previously released studio tracks.

Bruce Springsteen -- Collection: 1973-2012 (album cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- Collection: 1973-2012 (album cover art)

Other Official Releases

The album version of WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN appears on two various artists compilation albums.

Various artists -- Feb 2012 (album cover art)
Various artists -- Feb 2012

CD - Columbia / Epic / Sony Music (PCD691) - Argentina, 2012

Sony Music promotional compilation.
Various artists -- 2013 Grammy Nominees (album cover art)
Various artists -- 2013 Grammy Nominees

CD - Capitol (509999 79968 2 8) - USA, 2013
CD - Capitol (509999 79968 2 8) - Europe, 2013

Other versions of WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Apollo Theater 03/09/12
The live 09 Mar 2012 version of WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN was released on the Apollo Theater 03/09/12 official live download in 2014.
live.brucespringsteen.net
Audio recordings for most High Hopes Tour shows were officially released on live.brucespringsteen.net. These include three versions of WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN.

  1. 29 Jan 2014 at Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town, South Africa
  2. 11 Feb 2014 at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia
  3. 02 Mar 2014 at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand

Live History: on-tour

In preparation for the Wrecking Ball Tour, WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN is known to have been practiced during the private rehearsal that took place on 12 May 2012 in Seville, Spain prior to the tour's European leg.

  1. 12 May 2012 at Estadio Olimpico De La Cartuja, Seville, Spain (private rehearsal)

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN was performed 114 times during the Wrecking Ball Tour (133 dates, March 2012 to September 2013), including each and every show of the 2012 part of the tour. The song was played in a full-band arrangement.

  1. 18 Mar 2012 at Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
  2. 19 Mar 2012 at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
  3. 23 Mar 2012 at Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, FL
  4. 26 Mar 2012 at TD Garden, Boston, MA
  5. 28 Mar 2012 at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
  6. 29 Mar 2012 at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
  7. 01 Apr 2012 at Verizon Center, Washington, DC
  8. 03 Apr 2012 at Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
  9. 04 Apr 2012 at Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
  10. 06 Apr 2012 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  11. 09 Apr 2012 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  12. 12 Apr 2012 at The Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
  13. 13 Apr 2012 at First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NY
  14. 16 Apr 2012 at Times Union Center, Albany, NY
  15. 17 Apr 2012 at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
  16. 24 Apr 2012 at HP Pavilion At San Jose, San Jose, CA
  17. 26 Apr 2012 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  18. 27 Apr 2012 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  19. 29 Apr 2012 at New Orleans Fairgrounds, New Orleans, LA
  20. 02 May 2012 at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
  21. 13 May 2012 at Estadio Olimpico De La Cartuja, Seville, Spain
  22. 15 May 2012 at Estadio De Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain
  23. 17 May 2012 at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys, Barcelona, Spain
  24. 18 May 2012 at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys, Barcelona, Spain
  25. 25 May 2012 at Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany
  26. 27 May 2012 at Rheinenergiestadion, Cologne, Germany
  27. 28 May 2012 at Megaland, Landgraaf, The Netherlands
  28. 30 May 2012 at Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany
  29. 02 Jun 2012 at Estadio Anoeta, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
  30. 03 Jun 2012 at Bela Vista Park, Lisbon, Portugal
  31. 07 Jun 2012 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy
  32. 10 Jun 2012 at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence, Italy
  33. 11 Jun 2012 at Stadio Nereo Rocco, Trieste, Italy
  34. 17 Jun 2012 at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
  35. 19 Jun 2012 at Park & Suites Arena, Montpellier, France
  36. 21 Jun 2012 at Stadium Of Light, Sunderland, England
  37. 22 Jun 2012 at Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
  38. 24 Jun 2012 at Seaclose Park, Isle Of Wight, England
  39. 04 Jul 2012 at Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy, Paris, France
  40. 05 Jul 2012 at Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy, Paris, France
  41. 07 Jul 2012 at Festivalpladsen, Roskilde, Denmark
  42. 09 Jul 2012 at Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland
  43. 11 Jul 2012 at Synot Tip Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
  44. 12 Jul 2012 at Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria
  45. 14 Jul 2012 at Hyde Park, London, England
  46. 17 Jul 2012 at RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
  47. 18 Jul 2012 at RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
  48. 21 Jul 2012 at Valle Hovin Stadion, Oslo, Norway
  49. 23 Jul 2012 at Koengen, Bergen, Norway
  50. 24 Jul 2012 at Koengen, Bergen, Norway
  51. 27 Jul 2012 at Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden
  52. 28 Jul 2012 at Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden
  53. 31 Jul 2012 at Olympiastadion, Helsinki, Finland
  54. 14 Aug 2012 at Fenway Park, Boston, MA
  55. 15 Aug 2012 at Fenway Park, Boston, MA
  56. 18 Aug 2012 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
  57. 24 Aug 2012 at Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada
  58. 26 Aug 2012 at Magnetic Hill, Moncton, Canada
  59. 29 Aug 2012 at Vernon Downs Raceway, Vernon, NY
  60. 02 Sep 2012 at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
  61. 03 Sep 2012 at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
  62. 07 Sep 2012 at Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
  63. 08 Sep 2012 at Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
  64. 14 Sep 2012 at Nationals Park, Washington, DC
  65. 19 Sep 2012 at Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  66. 21 Sep 2012 at Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  67. 22 Sep 2012 at Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  68. 19 Oct 2012 at Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Canada
  69. 21 Oct 2012 at Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Canada
  70. 23 Oct 2012 at John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA
  71. 25 Oct 2012 at XL Center, Hartford, CT
  72. 27 Oct 2012 at Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  73. 31 Oct 2012 at Blue Cross Arena At The War Memorial, Rochester, NY
  74. 01 Nov 2012 at Penn State University, University Park, PA
  75. 03 Nov 2012 at KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
  76. 11 Nov 2012 at Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
  77. 12 Nov 2012 at Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
  78. 15 Nov 2012 at Centurylink Center, Omaha, NE
  79. 17 Nov 2012 at Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
  80. 19 Nov 2012 at Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
  81. 26 Nov 2012 at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Canada
  82. 28 Nov 2012 at Rose Garden, Portland, OR
  83. 30 Nov 2012 at Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  84. 04 Dec 2012 at Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
  85. 06 Dec 2012 at Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, AZ
  86. 10 Dec 2012 at Palacio De Los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico
  87. 14 Mar 2013 at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia
  88. 22 Mar 2013 at Allphones Arena, Sydney, Australia
  89. 26 Mar 2013 at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia
  90. 27 Mar 2013 at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia
  91. 30 Mar 2013 at Hanging Rock, Macedon, Australia
  92. 31 Mar 2013 at Hanging Rock, Macedon, Australia
  93. 29 Apr 2013 at Telenor Arena, Oslo, Norway
  94. 30 Apr 2013 at Telenor Arena, Oslo, Norway
  95. 03 May 2013 at Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden
  96. 04 May 2013 at Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden
  97. 07 May 2013 at HK Areena, Turku, Finland
  98. 11 May 2013 at Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden
  99. 14 May 2013 at Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
  100. 16 May 2013 at Jyske Bank Boxen, Herning, Denmark
  101. 23 May 2013 at Piazza Del Plebiscito, Naples, Italy
  102. 28 May 2013 at AWD-Arena, Hannover, Germany
  103. 31 May 2013 at Stadio Euganeo, Padua, Italy
  104. 18 Jun 2013 at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
  105. 07 Jul 2013 at Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany
  106. 13 Jul 2013 at Festivalpark, Werchter, Belgium
  107. 16 Jul 2013 at Thomond Park, Limerick, Ireland
  108. 18 Jul 2013 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork, Ireland
  109. 20 Jul 2013 at King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  110. 23 Jul 2013 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
  111. 28 Jul 2013 at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, Ireland
  112. 12 Sep 2013 at Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile
  113. 14 Sep 2013 at Estadio G.E.B.A., Buenos Aires, Argentina
  114. 18 Sep 2013 at Espaço Das Américas, São Paulo, Brazil

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN was performed three times during the High Hopes Tour (34 dates, January to May 2014). The song was played in a full-band arranegement. Audio recordings for most High Hopes Tour shows are officially available for purchase. See the live 29 Jan 2014 version for more details.

  1. 29 Jan 2014 at Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town, South Africa
  2. 11 Feb 2014 at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia
  3. 02 Mar 2014 at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand

Live History: off-tour

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR WON was performed off-tour on 12 Feb 2012 Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. The song was played with the E Street Band who was joined by a string section. The song was also practiced two days earlier during a private rehearsal session at Staples Center. See the live 12 Feb 2012 version for more details.

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN was performed off-tour on 27 Feb 2012 at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City, NY, during a TV appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. The song was played with the E Street Band. See the live 27 Feb 2012 version for more details.

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN was performed off-tour on 09 Mar 2012 at Apollo Theater in New York City, NY, during the Sirius Satellite Radio 10-year anniversary celebration. The song was played with the E Street Band. The live 09 Mar 2012 version of WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN was released on the Apollo Theater 03/09/12 official live download in 2014.

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN was performed off-tour on 15 Mar 2012 at Moody Theater in Austin, TX, during the South By Southwest music festival. The song was played with the E Street Band. See the live 15 Mar 2012 version for more details.

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN was performed off-tour on 08 Feb 2013 at Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA, during the 2013 MusiCares Person Of The Year ceremony.

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN was performed on four of the seven Barack Obama 2012 election rallies on which Springsteen appeared. The song was played solo on acoustic guitar.

  1. 18 Oct 2012 at Cuyahoga Community College, Parma, OH
  2. 18 Oct 2012 at Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  3. 23 Oct 2012 at nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Charlottesville, VA
  4. 27 Oct 2012 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

Since 2007 Springsteen has been playing the annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit shows. WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN was performed during the sixth (2012) annual benefit.

  1. 08 Nov 2012 at Beacon Theatre, New York City, NY (during the sixth annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit)

Covers

Very few artists have recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN.

The Boss Tribute To Springsteen -- Jelling Musikfestival 2012 (album cover art)
The Boss Tribute To Springsteen -- Jelling Musikfestival 2012

CD - Next2Live (known catalog number) - Denmark, 2012

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album. This is a live album.
Rock Riff Tones -- We Love (A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen) (album cover art)
Rock Riff Tones -- We Love (A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen)

CD - Devoted Music (known catalog number) - unknown country, 2013

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Moa Holmsten -- Bruised Arms & Broken Rhythm
Moa Holmsten -- Bruised Arms & Broken Rhythm

CD - Fill In The Blank Records (no catalog number) - USA, 2015

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.

Credits / References

Thanks Jared Mostowsky and Adrià for the lyrics help.

Some info about the above official Springsteen releases is taken from the Lost In The Flood website. Some of the information about the above WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN cover releases are taken from the Nebraska website.

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Available Versions

List of available versions of WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN on this website:

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN [Album version]
WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN [Live 12 Feb 2012 version]
WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN [Live 27 Feb 2012 version]
WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN [Live 09 Mar 2012 version]
WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN [Live 15 Mar 2012 version]
WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN [Live 29 Jan 2014 version]

Page last updated: 14 Nov 2015