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Queen – Save Me (LIVE)

Published on September 7, 2018

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Save Me” is a song 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 to 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.

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

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 a dove. The video would be the last to feature Freddie without a moustache as he would sport it starting with Play the Game, the next single, until 1987 when he shaved it off for good for The Great Pretender music video.

 

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