Saved by Love

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"Saved by Love"
Single by Amy Grant
from the album Lead Me On
B-side "Shadows"
Released 1988
Format 7" single, Cassette single
Genre CCM, adult contemporary, pop
Length 4:38
Label A&M
Writer(s) Amy Grant, Justin Peters, Chris Smith
Producer(s) Brown Bannister
Amy Grant singles chronology
The Next Time I Fall
(1986)
Saved by Love
(1988)
Lead Me On
(1988)

"Saved by Love" is a 1988 single by the Christian music singer Amy Grant. It was released as the first single from her Lead Me On album.

The song[edit]

The song is one of the two family songs on Lead Me On. It uses analogies as well as a direct reference to the singer herself. The first few verses talk about a woman named Laura, who "loves her little family". According to the song, "she's kind of woman/who loves them with her life". The analogy is that Laura is "queen of the world", yet still loves her family more than anything. After the chorus, Grant talks about her love for her family. She says that there is "nothing quite like my family's love to warm me," and "nothin' short of death's ever gonna leave me cold." The lyrics give the song somewhat of melancholic feeling.

On Grant's 2006 release Time Again...Amy Grant Live, she reveals that "Laura" in the song is actually her sister Carol.

"Saved by Love" is one of two songs in which Grant uses her own name in her lyrics. In one of the choruses towards the end of the song, she can be heard saying, "Amy, she's been saved by love." Amy also uses her own name in her song "Jehovah".

The music of the song is almost pop oriented, yet still manages to sound natural. There are mandolins playing throughout the song, as well as the sounds of the adult contemporary music of the day: soft electric guitar, acoustic guitar and soft keyboards.

The long time piano and keyboard player Benmont Tench from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, was the featured Hammond B-3 Organ player on the song's mid-solo. Tench's no-nonsense and non-showmanship approach brought an even higher standard of eclectic-type musicianship, that was woven into the song's production.

"Saved by Love" was a number-one Christian hit and peaked at #32 on the adult contemporary chart.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
US Billboard Christian 1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 32

Music sample[edit]


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