Save Me (Queen song)
|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|
|Producer(s)||Queen and Reinhold Mack|
|Queen singles chronology|
"Save Me" is a power ballad by the British 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.
The song was played live from 1979-1982 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. The song is also included on Queen's Greatest Hits and Queen Forever albums.
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. 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.
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.
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
- In the New Girl episode "Tinfinity", the song is played when Shivrang proposes to Cece.
- Freddie Mercury - lead and backing vocals
- Brian May - acoustic and electric guitars, piano, synthesizer, backing vocals
- Roger Taylor - drums, backing vocals
- John Deacon - bass guitar
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums. London: Guinness World Records Limited
- Queen live on tour: Crazy tour: Setlist Queen Concerts. Retrieved 5 July 2011
- Queen live on tour: The Game (world): Setlist Queen Concerts. Retrieved 5 July 2011
- Queen live on tour: Japan 1981: Setlist Queen Concerts. Retrieved 5 July 2011
- Queen live on tour: Hot Space (world): Setlist Queen Concerts. Retrieved 5 July 2011
- Queen Rock Montreal Allmusic. Retrieved 16 July 2011
- Greatest Hits Ultimate Queen. Retrieved 16 July 2011
- Official YouTube videos: original music video, Live at the Bowl
- Lyrics at Queen official website
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics