"Save Me" is a power ballad by the English 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.[1]

The song was played live from 1979-1982[2][3][4][5] and was recorded for their live album, Queen Rock Montreal at the Montreal Forum, Quebec, Canada in November 1981.[6] The song is also included on Queen's Greatest Hits album.[7]


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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. The name "Save Me" was the inspiration behind Brian May's animal welfare charity formed in 2010 that campaigns against Badger culling.

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.

Technical details[edit]Edit

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. Rob Stevens also sang the song on his debut album, Little Heart for Love.

Music Video[edit]Edit

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[edit]Edit

  • In the New Girl episode "Tinfinity", the song is played when Shivrang proposes to Cece.



Country Peak position
Netherlands 5
Norway 7
Ireland 8
Italy 10
UK 11
Germany 42
Japan 96
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