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Duran Duran: Save A Prayer Meaning

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Song Released: 1982


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Save A Prayer Lyrics

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...

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    anonymous
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    Oct 18th 2012 report

    yesterday I saw a tv programme about duran duran 's classic album "Rio" where Simon Le Bon explains what he means with his Lyrics in save a prayer.It's about a one night stand, where we should enjoy the moment with another person and not think about tomorrow, or think about he or she really loves you truely, or wants a relationship or not, etc.... Don't expect to much. Don't think what he or she wants or thinks. Just enjoy the moment don't worry about tomorrow, enjoy the connection between two people meeting each other, having sex, being intimate....

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    anonymous
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    Apr 22nd 2009 report

    It's about a one night stand; he's says it in the song "Some people call it a one night stand, but we can call it paradise". It's the progression of an evening in a bar or something. It starts at the beginning of the song where she's sitting by herself, but she's looking for someone ("looking for a thrill, but you know just what it takes and where to go"). She wants him to make the first move, as most women want men to do, so he does to "break the ice". He asks her to dance, etc . . . and the title of the song refers to him to "Save a Prayer" til the morning after so that they can deal with everything "after the deed".

  3. anonymous
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    Aug 13th 2021 report

    I've thought about this for years. It's about two prostitutes, one male, one female, who are about to take a vacation from their "sex work."

    Nowhere does it indicate they have sex. In fact, both show restraint & fear. Sexual practice is merely the common context in which they find themselves.

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 3rd 2020 report

    The haunting melody is what I have always
    remembered. The words are good but that sound
    can not be forgotten. Out standing !!

  5. anonymous
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    Feb 7th 2018 report

    My interpretation,
    Pray in the morning that I didn't knock up this one night stand.

  6. anonymous
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    Jan 24th 2017 report

    This song is so about a one night stand, its deep but yet simple, I love it to this date and it's one of my ❤'s

  7. anonymous
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    Mar 4th 2016 report

    I once heard it was a veiled allusion to a young US girl Le Bon met while Duran Duran were on tour, a Christian teenager conflicted between her sexual desire and adoration of a rockstar and her religious beliefs. Doesn't match up with all the lyrics, but if it did it wouldn't be veiled, would it?

  8. anonymous
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    Jun 15th 2014 report

    According To Simon 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". Simon Sums Up "Save A Prayer" As "It's Definitely A Freedom Song But Like A Kinda Nobody Owns Anybody Kinda Song".

  9. anonymous
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    Dec 11th 2013 report

    "And the lights are flashing on your window sill"

    Implies that she is in the red light district and for sale(her light is on). Simon is the John.

    The chorus is probably what the girl is saying.

    "Pretty looking road" again is the red light shop street.

    "Try to hold the rising floods that fill my skin"

    He's trying not to get a boner walking down the shop street looking at all the naked women.

    I think she is a new prostitute just starting.

    She wanted to dance first. She is scared of her first John experience.

    One of the reason's she is becoming a prostitute is that she is tired of being alone.


    Some my take...

    Food for thought.

  10. anonymous
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    Dec 19th 2012 report

    I think HE is the one "selling his body", because she's in a car and he's in a corner. Besides, she is "looking for the thrill" and "knows where to go", also she is the one who's nervous, shy and scared.

    The prayer would be for his soul, because of his job or maybe her spontaneous "Oh my God" 's when he went a little more "physical" or "rough", lol. The "save to the morning after" part is he saying she should forget about her religious and/or moral rules that say they shouldn't do it and just think about it after it's done.

    They might have never left the very place where they met: he didn't take her to dance, he merely invited her to and is trying to convince her to do it (or him, lol).

    I think he feels excited as in "try to hold the rising floods that fill my skin" because he has to seduce her first, not because he's the one looking for sex, as some suggested.

  11. anonymous
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    Jul 23rd 2011 report

    This song is about a one night stand with a prostitute. The line "don't say a prayer for me now, save it tilthe morning after" refers to the way people tend to pity prostitutes and look down upon them amd she is basically saying that while she is having fun with this man she does not need their pity and she does not need to be saved. It is not until the morning after that she starts to have regrets and feelings of sorrow. that is when she truly needs a prayer. it has also been suggested that this song has something to do with a pregnancy that occured because of this one night stand.

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  12. anonymous
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    Mar 18th 2009 report

    Don't be afraid to take a chance, live one day at a time. Dance and you will conquer the fear that is in your soul.

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  13. Duran Fan
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    Aug 29th 2005 report

    This song, as Simon LeBon said at Live Aid, is about being able to happily live your life amongst those around you.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway

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