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"Save A Prayer"
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Duran Duran - Save a Prayer


Save A Prayer
Single by Duran Duran
from the album 'Rio'
B-side(s) "Hold Back the Rain"
Released August 9, 1982
Recorded AIR Studios, London 1982
Genre Dance, New Wave
Length mm:ss
Label EMI
Writer(s) Duran Duran
Producer(s) Colin Thurston
Peak chart positions
Duran Duran singles chronology
Hungry Like the Wolf
(1982)
Save A Prayer
(1982)
Rio
(1982)

"Save A Prayer" was a 1982 hit single for Duran Duran. It was their 6th single, and the third from the platinum album Rio. The soft, seductive ballad reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart, being held off the top spot by Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger".

The song was not released as a single in the United States (although the video was very popular on MTV), but a live version released from the live album Arena reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1985.

Studio versionEdit

About the songEdit

Donald A. Guarisco at All Music Guide[1] said:

Dance-friendly items like "Rio" and "Hungry Like The Wolf" gave Duran Duran their chart breakthrough in the U.S. but they were also capable of making lush ballads guaranteed to make their fan base swoon. One of the finest, perhaps the finest, was "Save a Prayer," a lilting epic from Rio that has a special place in the heart of every Duran Duran fanatic. The lyrics revolve around a chance meeting between two people that flares into a love affair but ends all too soon: "Some people call it a one night stand/But we can call it paradise/Don't say a prayer for me now/Save it 'til the morning after." The music maintains the stormily romantic quality of the lyric by combining meditative verses with an aching chorus that swells and ebbs in a way that perfectly captures the song's heartbreak. Duran Duran's recording places an emphasis on Nick Rhodes' swirling, minimalist synth lines and Simon Le Bon's pained vocals as the rhythm section holds down a steady but subdued beat, with Andy Taylor adding a few searing bursts of electric guitar during the chorus. The result was a stylish mood-piece that became a number two hit in the UK and earned plenty of airplay on MTV with a glossy video that featured the band jet-setting around the atmospheric locale of Sri Lanka.

According to Le Bon, the song's chorus structure is based on Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind" and the lyrics as being contrary to the then-popular New Romantic movement by being "realistic, and not romantic" and "for seeing things as they really are." He sums up Save A Prayer as "It's definitely a freedom song but like a kinda nobody owns anybody kinda song."

LyricsEdit

You saw me standing by the wall,
Corner of a main street
And the lights are flashing on your window sill
All alone ain't much fun,
So you're looking for the thrill
And you know just what it takes and where to go

Don't say a prayer for me now,
Save it 'til the morning after
No, don't say a prayer for me now,
Save it 'til the morning after

Feel the breeze deep on the inside,
Look you down into your well
If you can, you'll see the world in all his fire
Take a chance
(Like all dreamers can't find another way)
You don't have to dream it all, just live a day

Don't say a prayer for me now,
Save it 'til the morning after
No, don't say a prayer for me now,
Save it 'til the morning after
Save it 'til the morning after,
Save it till the morning after

Pretty looking road,
Try to hold the rising floods that fill my skin
Don't ask me why I'll keep my promise,
Melt the ice
And you wanted to dance so I asked you to dance
But fear is in your soul
Some people call it a one night stand
But we can call it paradise

Don't say a prayer for me now,
Save it 'til the morning after
No, don't say a prayer for me now,
Save it 'til the morning after
Save it 'til the morning after
Save it 'til the morning after
Save it 'til the morning after
Save it 'til the morning after

Save a prayer 'til the morning after

Music videoEdit

The video was filmed by director Russell Mulcahy among the jungles, beaches, and temples of Sri Lanka in April, 1982. Scenes were filmed atop the rock fortress of Sigiriya, and among the ruins of a Buddhist temple at Polonnaruwa.

B-sides, bonus tracks and remixesEdit

The UK release of "Save A Prayer" was backed with a remix of "Hold Back the Rain".

Complete list of mixes Edit

  1. "Save a Prayer" - 5:34
  2. "Save a Prayer [Single Version]" - 5:24
  3. "Save a Prayer [Video Version]" - 6:03
  4. "Save a Prayer [Australian Promo Edit]" - 4:10
  5. "Save a Prayer [Brazilian Edit]" - 4:04
  6. "Save a Prayer [US Single version]" - 3:44
  7. "Save a Prayer [Special Edited version]" - 3:55
  8. "Save a Prayer [Japanese Single version]" - 4:00
  9. "Save a Prayer [Instrumental] - 5:26

Covers, samples, & media referencesEdit

The song has been covered by Tony Hadley, Shut Up & Dance, Eve's Plum, Polyanna, Dune, Oliver Haze, 56K featuring Beejay, the Push Kings and Marcos Marin by Projeto Set Band..

In 2007 it was referenced in the lyrics of the song by Arctic Monkeys, "Teddy Picker" from their album Favourite Worst Nightmare: "I don't want your prayer, save it for the morning after".

Chart positionsEdit

"Save a Prayer" was released in the UK on 9 August, 1982, and peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart on 11 September. This version was not released in the United States

Live versionEdit

"Save A Prayer (live)"
17 save a prayer us B-5438 duran duran discogs discography
Single by Duran Duran
from the album 'Arena'
B-side(s) "Save A Prayer"
Released January 1985
Format 7"
Recorded "around the world", 1984
Genre Dance, New Wave
Length mm:ss
Label EMI
Writer(s) Duran Duran
Peak chart positions
Duran Duran singles chronology
The Wild Boys
(1984)
Save A Prayer (live)
(1985)
A View to a Kill
(1985)

"Save a Prayer (live)" was released as a single from the live album Arena in the United States in February of 1985 (B-5438), backed with the original UK single version of "Save A Prayer". It peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. on 2 February.

The release was accompanied by a new live video, drawn from footage shot in 1984 for the concert film Arena.

Track listingEdit

7": EMI / EMI 5327 (UK) Edit

  1. "Save a Prayer [Single Version]" - 5:25
  2. "Hold Back The Rain [7" Remix]" - 3:58

12": EMI / 12 EMI 5327 (UK) Edit

  1. "Save a Prayer [Single Version]" - 5:25
  2. "Hold Back The Rain [12" Remix]" - 7:05

Other appearancesEdit

PersonnelEdit

Duran Duran are:

Also credited:

ReferencesEdit


DURAN DURAN
Simon Le BonNick RhodesJohn TaylorRoger Taylor
Andy TaylorWarren CuccurulloSterling Campbell
DISCOGRAPHY
ALBUMS

Duran DuranRioSeven and the Ragged TigerArenaNotoriousBig ThingLibertyDuran Duran (The Wedding Album)Thank YouMedazzalandPop TrashAstronautRed Carpet Massacre

COMPILATIONS and EP's

CarnivalDecade: Greatest HitsGreatestNight Versions: The Essential Duran DuranStrange BehaviourSingles Box Set 1981-1985Singles Box Set 1986-1995

SINGLES

"Planet Earth" • "Careless Memories" • "Girls on Film" • "My Own Way" • "Hungry Like the Wolf" • "Save a Prayer" • "Rio"• "Is There Something I Should Know?" • "Union of the Snake" • "New Moon on Monday" • "The Reflex" • "The Wild Boys" • "A View to a Kill" • "Notorious" • "Skin Trade" • "Meet El Presidente" • "I Don't Want Your Love" • "All She Wants Is" • "Do You Believe in Shame?" • "Burning the Ground" • "Violence of Summer (Love's Taking Over)" • "Serious" • "Ordinary World" • "Come Undone" • "Too Much Information" • "Perfect Day" • "White Lines" • "Out of My Mind" • "Electric Barbarella" • "Someone Else Not Me" • "(Reach Up for The) Sunrise" • "What Happens Tomorrow" • "Nice" • "Falling Down"

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