SAVE MY LOVE

Official studio version

Now there's something coming through the air that softly reminds me
Tonight I'll park out on the hill and wait until they find me
Here slipping through the ether, a voice is coming through
So keep me in your heart tonight and I'll save my love for you

So turn up your radio and darling dial me in close
We're riding on the airwaves and we're traveling coast to coast
Over river and highway your voice comes clear and true
Though we're far apart tonight, I'll save my love for you

Hold me in your arms and our doubts won't break us
If we open up our hearts, love won't forsake us
Let's let the music take us and carry us home

There's a prayer coming through the air like a shot straight through my heart
Tearing open the evening sky, tearing me apart
Now I'll ride that signal down the line till I'm home again with you
So turn up your radio and I'll save my love for you
Turn up your radio and I'll save my love for you


Page last updated: 15 Jan 2012

Intro

SAVE MY LOVE is a Bruce Springsteen song that was released in November 2010 on The Promise, an album of previously-unreleased songs from the Darkness On The Edge Of Town recording sessions. The above lyrics are for that officially released studio version of the song.

Single

The release of The Promise was officially announced on 26 Aug 2010. Simultaneously, the previously unreleased/unheard song SAVE MY LOVE was made available, streaming online on Bruce Springsteen's official website. The song was distributed to radio stations on 1-track promo-only CD-Rs and was also released on limited 7-inch vinyl and CD5 singles.

Bruce Springsteen -- Save My Love

CD-R single - Columbia (no catalogue number) - USA, 2010

1-track promotional CD-R, comes in a stickered cardboard sleeve.

01- SAVE MY LOVE
Bruce Springsteen -- Save My Love

CD-R single - Columbia (no catalogue number) - UK, 2010

1-track promotional CD-R, comes in a clear plastic sleeve with insert and info sticker on the back.

01- SAVE MY LOVE
Bruce Springsteen -- Save My Love

CD-R single - Sony Music (no catalogue number) - Holland, 2010

1-track promotional CD-R, comes in a slimline jewel case with picture insert.

01- SAVE MY LOVE
Bruce Springsteen -- Save My Love

7-inch single - Columbia (88697 81140 7) - USA, 2010

Limited edition single sold in North America exclusively at independent stores that participated in the 1st annual "Black Friday Record Store Day" campaign (26 Nov 2010).

Side A: SAVE MY LOVE
Side B: BECAUSE THE NIGHT
Bruce Springsteen -- 2 Titres Exclusifs

CD5 single - France Inter (no catalogue number) - France, 2010

France-only promotional single given away exclusively with copies of an all-Springsteen special issue of domestic music magazine Les Inrockuptibles, published on 27 Nov 2010. Comes in a black-and-white cardboard picture sleeve.

01- BECAUSE THE NIGHT
02- SAVE MY LOVE

Music Video

On 01 Nov 2010, a promotional music video for SAVE MY LOVE was released on The New York Times' website. Directed by Thom Zimny, the video incorporates live onstage and studio footage from the Darkness On The Edge Of Town era, as well as 2010 footage of Springsteen recording the song in studio. Several film clips from the 08 Jul 1978 show in Phoenix, AZ can be seen in the music video.

The Promise

The Promise is a Bruce Springsteen album that was released on 16 Nov 2010 as part of The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set, and separately as a 2-CD set. The album was also issued on a limited edition 3-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

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The Promise is a collection of 22 previously-unreleased songs from the Darkness On The Edge Of Town recording sessions. Depending on their level of completion back in 1977-1978, some were only remastered, some were overdubbed with 2010 vocals or music, and some were completely re-recorded in 2010. The album is mixed by Bob Clearmountain.

The Promise track listing, disc 1 (2-CD format):

  1. RACING IN THE STREET ('78)
  2. GOTTA GET THAT FEELING
  3. OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
  4. SOMEDAY (WE'LL BE TOGETHER)
  5. ONE WAY STREET
  6. BECAUSE THE NIGHT
  7. WRONG SIDE OF THE STREET
  8. THE BROKENHEARTED
  9. RENDEZVOUS
  10. CANDY'S BOY

The Promise track listing, disc 2 (2-CD format):

  1. SAVE MY LOVE
  2. AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU
  3. FIRE
  4. SPANISH EYES
  5. IT'S A SHAME
  6. COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT)
  7. TALK TO ME
  8. THE LITTLE THINGS (MY BABY DOES)
  9. BREAKAWAY
  10. THE PROMISE
  11. CITY OF NIGHT - THE WAY

Notes:

Circulating Studio Versions

The 22 tracks found on The Promise are "from the 'Darkness' recording sessions" as stated on the press release, but SAVE MY LOVE was re-recorded prior to the release of the album, in summer 2010. Springsteen writes in his Thoughts On The Promise And Darkness On The Edge Of Town essay from The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set that the version of SAVE MY LOVE released on The Promise was recorded in 2010. The above lyrics are for that re-recorded version of the song.

Though the essay states that SAVE MY LOVE was written in 1977, video footage of Springsteen rehearsing the song with the band at his residence in Holmdel, NJ in 1976 was released in 2010 on Thrill Hill Vault 1976-1978, a DVD that's included in The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set. See the official studio rehearsal version for more details.

Other Official Releases

Other versions of SAVE MY LOVE were also officially released:


The official studio rehearsal version of SAVE MY LOVE was released on the Thrill Hill Vault 1976-1978 home video in 2010.

Live History

SAVE MY LOVE was performed off-tour on 04 and 05 Nov 2010 and 03 and 04 Nov 2011 at Soldiers And Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh, PA, when Bruce Springsteen appeared at Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers concerts. The song was played with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers. See the live 05 Nov 2010 version for more details.

SAVE MY LOVE was performed off-tour on 16 Nov 2010 at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City, NY, during a TV appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to promote the release of The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set. The song was played with Steven Van Zandt, Roy Bittan, and The Roots. See the live 16 Nov 2010 version for more details.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed SAVE MY LOVE three times on 07 Dec 2010 during a gig in front of a small crowd at Carousel House in Asbury Park, NJ. The gig was videotaped for a future webcast, but none of three takes of the song was included in the webcast. In a Backstreets.com review, Flynn McLean wrote: "There was a noticeable shift in Bruce for 'Save My Love.' Whether it was the joy in the song or the confidence he had from having performed it three times in concert already, 'Showman Bruce' emerged, as he jumped on the drum riser at the end of the first take. Before the second, he told the fans behind Max to come out on the 'stage' once he jumped on the riser. And at that moment, the video shoot became a show, with Bruce allowing himself to feed off the crowd."

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Since 2002, Springsteen has been playing private benefit shows for schools and colleges that his kids attended — Rumson Country Day School of Rumson, NJ, and Ranney School of Tinton Falls, NJ, and Boston College of Chestnut Hill, MA. SAVE MY LOVE was performed at one of these fundraisers, on 29 Jan 2011 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, backed by Bobby Bandiera and his band.

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SAVE MY LOVE was performed during the eleventh (2011), twelfth (2012), and fourteenth (2014) annual Light Of Day benefits. The song was played with Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers.

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Covers

As far as it's known, no artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's SAVE MY LOVE.

Available Versions

List of available versions of SAVE MY LOVE on this website:

Credits / References

Thanks Antonio Lacalamita and Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the corrections.

Scans and info for most of the above releases are taken from the Lost In The Flood website.

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