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5 Stars: One of the best 20%  20%  [ 4 ]
4 Stars: Good 45%  45%  [ 9 ]
3 Stars: Average 25%  25%  [ 5 ]
2 Stars: Weak 10%  10%  [ 2 ]
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 Post subject: Song of the Moment: Save You
PostPosted: Fri December 28, 2012 5:25 pm 
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Save You

I'm gonna save you fucker, not gonna lose you
I'm feeling cocky and strong, can't let you go
Too important to me, and too important to us
We'd be lost without you
I'm there, let yourself fall, I'm right below you now

And fuck me if I say something you don't want to hear, from me
And fuck me if you only hear what you wanna hear, from me, if I care
But I'm not leaving here

You helped me when I was down, I'll help when you're down
Why are you hitting yourself? c'mon and hit me instead
Let's pick up your will, it's grown fat and lazy
It's sympathetic as well, don't go on me now
And I'm not living this life without you, I'm selfish and clear
And you're not leaving here without me, I don't wanna be without...
My best friend
Wake up to see you could have it all
Whoa!

Cuz there is but you, and something within you
Has taken control, let's beat it
Get up, let's go
Oh, you're in your own world, let's see the whole world!
Let's pick up your soul

And fuck me if I say something you don't wanna hear from me (fuck me)
And fuck me if you only hear the treble in your head

Please help me to help you help yourself!
Help me help yourself
Help me, please want me to
Please let me to, help you...

Save You is probably my favorite song on Riot Act. The music has a force or power of its own that is only better complimented by the lyrics. For me, these lyrics are one of Pearl Jam's best when it comes to their harder songs. The words are really simple but mean so much in so many ways.

One of the things that really make me love this song is that it was written by the band collaboratively. This is something that I really love that Pearl Jam does. The fact that this song has that feature makes it kind of special and more of Pearl Jam than just one person writing the music and the rest just playing along.

In this song, Eddie shows the care and love he has for another person and that he'll do anything to not lose his friend to whatever troubles he is having. Eddie says that he needs his friend to, really be himself. He feels that without each other, neither of them exists.

Eddie says And fuck me, if I say something you don't want to hear from me. This shows that even if his friend doesn't want Eddie's help, he's going to help anyway because that's what is best. Eddie will do all that he can to help his friend, but really it's up to him.


I have many favorite lines in this song, and it's hard to choose just one, so I'll share a few.

Cuz there is but you, and something within you/has taken control/let's beat it
get up, let's go
I really love this line because it's true in everybody. All of us have something inside us that can really drag us down. But also we have something that can bring us up. We just have to decide which one will win.

And right after the previous line:

Oh, you're in your own world, let's see the whole world!

I probably love this line the best because it shows what we can really do with our lives. If we sit around and pout all day because we think our life sucks than we will be in our own world and no one else will want part in it. But if you come out, and realize what kinds of chances and opportunities you really have, then the whole world is yours.


Cool Fact: Halfway through recording Save You, Matt Cameron lost his headphones and continued through the song by watching Jeff Ament's fingers and hoping he was in time.

I really love all the aspects of this song. 5 Stars.

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 Post subject: Re: Song of the Moment: Save You
PostPosted: Wed January 02, 2013 7:06 pm 
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Still easily my favorite PJ song... the lyrics just really hit me
and its one of my fav bass lines to play


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 Post subject: Re: Song of the Moment: Save You
PostPosted: Thu August 16, 2018 11:54 pm 
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This really is a great song, it seems to get a fair amount of hate that I've never understood.


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 Post subject: Re: Song of the Moment: Save You
PostPosted: Fri August 17, 2018 12:04 am 
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this song has just never, ever clicked for me


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 Post subject: Re: Song of the Moment: Save You
PostPosted: Fri August 17, 2018 12:07 am 
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It’s terrible.


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 Post subject: Re: Song of the Moment: Save You
PostPosted: Fri August 17, 2018 1:06 am 
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It's a fantastic song.

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 Post subject: Re: Song of the Moment: Save You
PostPosted: Fri August 17, 2018 1:29 am 
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It took a decade plus for me to like this song and then one day it just made sense. I totes dig it now. 4 stars.

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 Post subject: Re: Song of the Moment: Save You
PostPosted: Fri August 17, 2018 1:46 am 
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I think it’s the first truly awful Pearl Jam song.


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 Post subject: Re: Song of the Moment: Save You
PostPosted: Thu September 20, 2018 3:37 pm 
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The music is great. The vocal performance is meh save for the "Saaaave yourSELF" part at the end.


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 Post subject: Re: Song of the Moment: Save You
PostPosted: Fri September 21, 2018 5:03 pm 
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It took some time, but I love this one. Really by the end of the 2003 tour, I was hooked. I've seen some GREAT live versions!


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 Post subject: Re: Song of the Moment: Save You
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Decent song but Ed sounds terrible ... He shouldn't attempt to sing like this since around 98

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Sportsballpete?!?!

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 Post subject: Re: Song of the Moment: Save You
PostPosted: Sat September 22, 2018 3:54 pm 
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I think the hate comes from kcuf me...

Only joking. I like this song fine but I am not sure it adds much to their catalogue where much of Riot Act does. I guess it was a serviceable single to tell the world they still existed and that they could still rock out if they wanted to.


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PostPosted: Sat September 22, 2018 4:26 pm 
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Jeff's bass work alone makes this song a worthy addition to the catalog. It's not offering anything new, but the band is on fire even if the riffs are fairly basic.


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