Duran Duran Wiki

My Own Way

10,206pages on
this wiki
"My Own Way"
by Duran Duran

more My Own Way videos

Song details
DuranRio Track number 1
from the album
Previous track: Rio
Next track: Lonely In Your Nightmare
Length: 3:39
Writer(s): Duran Duran
Producer(s): Colin Thurston
My Own Way |
Single details
UK release: 16 November, 1981
US release: day month, year
Label: EMI
Format(s): 7", 12"
B-side(s): "Like an Angel"
Peak chart positions:
#14  UK Singles Chart
#10  Australia
Gold  RIAA Certification
Duran Duran singles chronology
"Girls on Film"
"My Own Way" "Hungry Like the Wolf"

"My Own Way" was Duran Duran's fourth single, and the first from their second album, Rio. It was released on 16 November, 1981 and peaked at #14 on the UK Singles Chart. It was more successful in Australia, becoming Duran Duran's second Top 10 hit at #10.

About the songEdit

The 7" single and 12" single versions of the song were recorded in October 1981, well before the rest of the album was recorded in the early months of 1982. The single had a fast tempo and real "disco strings" arranged by Richard Myhill & Duran Duran.

A much slower version of "My Own Way" was later recorded for the album, with slightly different lyrics. This version of song was later remixed by David Kershenbaum for the Carnival EP, and this altered track appeared on the American re-issue of the Rio album on vinyl and cassette late in 1982. All CD pressings of Rio have used the original UK album mix, rather than the Kershenbaum mix.

Even though it was a released as a single, and a gateway to the Rio album, "My Own Way" has yet to appear on any of Duran Duran's compilation albums. Neither 1989's Decade or 1998's Greatest included the track, although it came close. A promo for Greatest included both "My Own Way" and "Careless Memories", but the commercial release replaced them with 1990's "Serious" and 1997's "Electric Barbarella".


I saw you at the airace yesterday,
April showers get out of my way.
Fear of flying no not me.
I'm never bothered what you say
Someone's kid just lives for today
It ain't your problem anyway
'Cos I've got my own way
I can find my own way
'Cos I've got my own way
Hay yay yay yay yay ya-hay
(Number 1)
Public figure, what a pain
Just puts another rattle in your brain
Take another green but it's not the same
Now you're on the sandlane everyday
Dancing with the bulls in any old way
Running like a fox to keep up with me.

I'm on 45th, between 6th & Broadway
7UP, between 6th & Broadway
Yeh Yeh Yeh Yeh Yeh Yeh Yeh
Hey now, be there
Hmmm busy
This is how I like it
Yes, settle down
Yes, come on, 6th & Broadway
Say the words, come coolin' down.

Music videoEdit

The video for "My Own Way" was set to the fast-paced single version of the song. It was rarely played on MTV or VH1, and was quickly overshadowed by the other more famous videos for the Rio album. Like those videos, "My Own Way" was directed by Russell Mulcahy.

"My Own Way" was filmed in a studio decorated entirely in red, black and white. The band performs the song while flamenco dancers twirl in the background, and a colorful parrot sits on the keyboards.

Small snippets of this video was seen on the projection screen in the video for "Is There Something I Should Know?" released in 1983, and it was part of the band's 1983 video album Duran Duran. However, it was not included on the video compilations Decade (1989) or Greatest (1999).

B-sides, bonus tracks and remixesEdit

The b-side on the 7" and 12" singles was "Like An Angel", and the 12" included the "night version".

An instrumental version of the night version of "My Own Way" was released solely on a promotional 12" in 1981. It also surfaced on a bootleg of remixes around 1998 called Night Version Companion.

The "Brazilian edit" was released on the Brazilian 7" single. It is an edit of the album version which fades with over a minute left of the song.

A further version of "My Own Way" surfaced on the b-side of the "Rio" 12" single. This mix, by David Kershenbaum, was the same as the version on the Carnival EP, it just faded out a few seconds earlier.

Complete list of mixes Edit

  1. "My Own Way" - 4:49
  2. "My Own Way [Single Version]" - 3:40
  3. "My Own Way [Night Version]" - 6:34
  4. "My Own Way [Instrumental version]" - 6:33
  5. "My Own Way [Carnival Remix]" - 4:31
  6. "My Own Way [Remix]" - 4:36
  7. "My Own Way [Brazilian Edit]" - 3:42

Track listingEdit

All release details pertain to the UK only.

7": EMI 5254Edit

  1. "My Own Way [Single Version]" – 3:39
  2. "Like An Angel" – 4:41

12": EMI 12 5254Edit

  1. "My Own Way [Night Version]" – 6:31
  2. "Like An Angel" – 4:41
  3. "My Own Way [Short Version]" – 3:39

CD: Part of "Singles Box Set 1981-1985" boxsetEdit

  1. "My Own Way [Short Version]" – 3:39
  2. "Like An Angel" – 4:41
  3. "My Own Way [Night Version]" – 6:31

Other appearancesEdit

Apart from the single, "My Own Way" has also appeared on:




Duran Duran are:

Also credited:


Simon Le BonNick RhodesJohn TaylorRoger Taylor
Andy TaylorWarren CuccurulloSterling Campbell

Duran DuranRioSeven and the Ragged TigerArenaNotoriousBig ThingLibertyDuran Duran (The Wedding Album)Thank YouMedazzalandPop TrashAstronautRed Carpet Massacre


CarnivalDecade: Greatest HitsGreatestNight Versions: The Essential Duran DuranStrange BehaviourSingles Box Set 1981-1985Singles Box Set 1986-1995


"Planet Earth" • "Careless Memories" • "Girls on Film" • "My Own Way" • "Hungry Like the Wolf" • "Save a Prayer" • "Rio"• "Is There Something I Should Know?" • "Union of the Snake" • "New Moon on Monday" • "The Reflex" • "The Wild Boys" • "A View to a Kill" • "Notorious" • "Skin Trade" • "Meet El Presidente" • "I Don't Want Your Love" • "All She Wants Is" • "Do You Believe in Shame?" • "Burning the Ground" • "Violence of Summer (Love's Taking Over)" • "Serious" • "Ordinary World" • "Come Undone" • "Too Much Information" • "Perfect Day" • "White Lines" • "Out of My Mind" • "Electric Barbarella" • "Someone Else Not Me" • "(Reach Up for The) Sunrise" • "What Happens Tomorrow" • "Nice" • "Falling Down"

ArcadiaPower StationNeurotic OutsidersThe Devils
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki