Saving My Heart

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"Saving My Heart"
Single by Yes
from the album Union
B-side "Lift Me Up" (UK single)
"America" (UK single)
Released 1991
Format CD single, 7" (UK)
Recorded 1989-1991
Length 4:41
Label Arista
Arista ASCD-2263 (US)
664 553 (UK)
Songwriter(s) Trevor Rabin
Producer(s) Trevor Rabin
Yes singles chronology
"Make It Easy"
(1991)
"Saving My Heart"
(1991)
"The Calling"
(1994)
"Make It Easy"
(1991)
"Saving My Heart"
(1991)
"The Calling"
(1994)

"Saving My Heart" is a song by British rock band Yes, written and produced by Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin. It was the second single released from their 1991 "reunion" album Union, following "Lift Me Up". "Saving My Heart" peaked at number nine on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1991.

Background[edit]

The Union album contained songs from two competing factions of Yes: the official band, featuring Rabin, bassist Chris Squire, drummer Alan White and keyboardist Tony Kaye, and the Jon Anderson-led spinoff band Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, featuring 1970s-era Yes members Steve Howe (guitars), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and Bill Bruford (drums).[1]

"Saving My Heart" was one of the four songs on the album to be written by the Rabin–Squire faction; the others were "Lift Me Up" (the lead-off single), "Miracle of Life", and "The More We Live", a song co-written by future Yes member Billy Sherwood. All four featured Anderson on vocals.[1]

According to Rabin, the song was originally planned as a collaboration with Supertramp vocalist Roger Hodgson.[2] Rabin initially felt the song, a "pop reggae tune" with a "bluesy guitar solo", was not appropriate for a Yes album, but Anderson disagreed and wanted Yes to perform it.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"Saving My Heart" reached number nine on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It did not perform as well as "Lift Me Up", the lead single from Union (which topped the chart for six weeks) but outperformed competing Yes single "Make It Easy", a 1981 song released by Yes's old record label, Atlantic Records, to promote the Yesyears boxed set. "Lift Me Up" and "Saving My Heart" were both issued by Arista Records.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Welch, Chris (2003). Close to the Edge: The Story of Yes (3rd ed.). Omnibus Press. pp. 223–228. ISBN 978-0-7119-9509-3. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Morse, Tim (May 15, 1996). Yesstories: Yes In Their Own Words. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 94. ISBN 0-312-14453-9. 
  3. ^ "Yes: Billboard singles chart information". allmusic. Retrieved October 22, 2010.