Duran Duran’s “Save a Prayer” Lyrics Meaning

The most-efficient way to describe Duran Duran’s “Save a Prayer” is as it being based on a one-night stand. Simply put, it is based on a chance, noncommittal sensual exchange between two people. 

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Duran Duran's Save a Prayer at Lyrics.org.

The singer, succinctly put, is some dude who has caught the eye of a lonely woman. And obviously the attraction is mutual, as he seems ready from the jump to go all in. 

As such, the title of this song is derived from him telling the listener to this narrative to “save a prayer until the morning after”. And what does he mean by that. He is basically saying that in the heat of the moment he is not interested in the moral implications of what he is doing. Rather let’s say animal instinct has taken over, and he’s about to get intimate with a lady whom he apparently has no romantic past or future with.

Lyrics of "Save a Prayer"

Music Video for “Save a Prayer”

The music video to this song was filmed in Sri Lanka under challenging conditions. And it was produced by the prolific Russell Mulcahy.

Release Date of “Save a Prayer”

Duran Duran’s album “Rio”, which featured “Save a Prayer”, was released by EMI on 10 May 1982. Later the song was also issued as the sixth single from that project.

Performance on the Charts

The track went on to peak at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. It hit number 16 on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100.

Writing Credits for “Save a Prayer”

“Save a Prayer” was written by the following Duran Duran members:

  • Simon Le Bon
  • Nick Rhodes
  • Andy Taylor
  • John Taylor
  • Roger Taylor

 And the song was produced by their regular collaborator, Colin Thurston.

Notable Live Performance

Below is one of Duran Duran’s most famous live performances of this classic. The performance took place at the iconic 1985 benefit/charity concert, Live Aid.

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