Save Me (Queen song)

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"Save Me"
Single by Queen
from the album The Game
B-side "Let Me Entertain You (live)"
"Sheer Heart Attack (live)" (USA, Japan, Australia and Canada)
Released 25 January 1980
Format Vinyl record (7")
Recorded June - July 1979
Genre Progressive rock, soft rock
Length 3:52
Label EMI, Elektra
Writer(s) Brian May
Producer(s) Queen and Mack
Queen singles chronology
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
(1979)
"Save Me"
(1980)
"Play the Game"
(1980)

"Save Me" is a power ballad by the English rock band Queen from their 1980 album The Game. Written by guitarist Brian May, it was recorded in 1979, and released in the UK on 25 January 1980, nearly six months prior to the release of the album. "Save Me" spent six weeks on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number eleven.[1]

The song was played live from 1979-1982[2][3][4][5] and was recorded for their live albums, Queen Rock Montreal at the Montreal Forum, Quebec, Canada in November 1981 and Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl at the Milton Keynes Bowl, Buckinghamshire, England in June 1982.[6] The song is also included on Queen's Greatest Hits[7] and Queen Forever albums.

History[edit]

Brian May wrote "Save Me" about a friend whose relationship with his wife had ended, and played piano, synths and guitars (electric and twelve-string acoustic) on it. Played live, the song would typically feature a short piano introduction absent from the studio version. The name "Save Me" was the inspiration behind Brian May's animal welfare charity formed in 2010 that campaigns against Badger culling.

Kerry Ellis included her version of the song on her debut album Anthems. She has also performed the song both on Anthems: The Tour (2011) and at various events with Brian May.

Technical details[edit]

Musically, the song is complex, with the verses in the key of G major, and the chorus in the key of D major. An instrumental solo, in the related key of G major, serves as a verse.

Music Video[edit]

The video for the song was filmed at Alexandra Palace on 22 December 1979 and directed by Keith "Keef" MacMillan and features animation of a woman and bird.

In pop culture[edit]

  • In the New Girl episode "Tinfinity", the song is played when Shivrang proposes to Cece.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Country Peak position
Netherlands 5
Norway 7
Ireland 8
Italy 10
UK 11
Germany 42
Japan 96

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums. London: Guinness World Records Limited
  2. ^ Queen live on tour: Crazy tour: Setlist Queen Concerts. Retrieved 5 July 2011
  3. ^ Queen live on tour: The Game (world): Setlist Queen Concerts. Retrieved 5 July 2011
  4. ^ Queen live on tour: Japan 1981: Setlist Queen Concerts. Retrieved 5 July 2011
  5. ^ Queen live on tour: Hot Space (world): Setlist Queen Concerts. Retrieved 5 July 2011
  6. ^ Queen Rock Montreal Allmusic. Retrieved 16 July 2011
  7. ^ Greatest Hits Ultimate Queen. Retrieved 16 July 2011

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