Save Tonight

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"Save Tonight"
EagleEyeCherry - SaveTonight - SingleCover.jpg
Standard artwork
Single by Eagle-Eye Cherry
from the album Desireless
Released7 October 1997 (1997-10-07)
Recorded1997
GenreAlternative rock[1]
Length3:55
Label
Songwriter(s)Eagle-Eye Cherry
Producer(s)Adam Kviman
Eagle-Eye Cherry singles chronology
"Save Tonight"
(1997)
"When Mermaids Cry"
(1998)
Music video
"Save Tonight" on YouTube

"Save Tonight" is a song by Swedish rock musician Eagle-Eye Cherry and the lead single from his debut album, Desireless. It is the album's opening track and gained substantial radio success, reaching number three in Ireland, number five in the United States, number six in the United Kingdom, and number two in Cherry's native Sweden. It was voted song of the year by New Zealand radio station The Edge. "Save Tonight" is considered the signature song of Eagle-Eye Cherry. It was awarded the Rockbjörnen award in the "Swedish song of the year 1997" category.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Larry Flick of Billboard wrote, "With a voice mildly reminiscent of Seal, the lad gives "Save Tonight" a richly soulful edge that cuts through the track's shiny arrangement of strumming acoustic guitars and prickly electric licks. Beyond the single's well-crafted surface are vivid, storyteller lyrics that are smarter than what you'll typically find on radio. An excellent, commercially sound way of introducing the artist's sterling full-length debut, "Desireless", this cut demands immediate modern and mainstream rock radio play—and perhaps even triple-A and eventually top 40 stations."[4] Daily Record commented that with the song, "late jazz legend Don's son and Neneh's brother is living up to his musical heritage."[5]

Music video[edit]

The monochrome music video for the song was filmed at Skånegatan 92-94 in Stockholm's Södermalm district from 9–10 September 1997,[6] and features Cherry playing different characters and seeing the story from different perspectives. The first is a man readying for a date by buying roses and a bottle of wine at a deli. He then tells the butcher "goodbye" and the camera reveals that the butcher is in fact Cherry himself. A robber wearing tights on his head as a means of disguise (bought in the very first scene of the music video, which is watched by Cherry via shop window) then comes and takes the money out of the cash register. As he leaves, he is hit by a pickup truck, and as bystanders help him up he is revealed to actually be Cherry, as well as the driver in the truck. Another Cherry is seen playing a guitar and another is a bum on the street. The "first" Cherry appears once again at the end of the video, walking to the home of his date. The video gives the illusion of being presented as one continuous take.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Save Tonight".

Cassette

  1. "Save Tonight" – 3:55
  2. "Conversation" – 4:55

CD single

  1. "Save Tonight" – 3:55
  2. "Save Tonight" (Bacon & Quarmby remix) – 3:36
  3. "Conversation" – 4:55

CD Enhanced maxi single

  1. "Save Tonight" (radio edit) – 3:59
  2. "Save Tonight" (Bacon & Quarmby remix) – 3:36
  3. "Conversation" – 4:53
  4. "Save Tonight" (video) – 3:09

Charts and certifications[edit]

E.M.D. version[edit]

"Save Tonight"
Single by E.M.D.
from the album Rewind
ReleasedMay 28, 2010
Recorded2010
GenrePop
Length3:35
LabelBMG
Songwriter(s)Eagle-Eye Cherry
E.M.D. singles chronology
"Välkommen hem"
(2009)
"Save Tonight"
(2010)
"What Is Love"
(2010)

In 2010 Swedish boy band E.M.D. released a cover version of "Save Tonight" as the first single from their second studio album Rewind. Released first through digital stores on 28 May, the single had a physical release on 16 June.

Track listing[edit]

CD/digital single

  1. "Save Tonight" – 3:35

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[54] 3

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