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Song Released: 2006

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Savin' Me Lyrics

Prison gates won't open up for me
On these hands and knees I'm crawlin'
Oh, I reach for you
Well I'm terrified of these four walls
These iron bars can't hold my soul in
All I need is you
Come please I'm callin'
And oh I scream for...


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    Apr 23rd, 2007 4:50pm report

    It must have something to do with Jesus because when I hear it I think of how inside my soul is screaming for him. And I think that the song is about a person in prison and he is crying out for Jesus to save him. Thank God people can be forgiven.


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    Apr 21st, 2007 4:58pm report

    Well, I actually went to the Nickelback website (since I'm obsessed with them and all)and Chad says that the song IS about a man in prison (These iron bars can't hold my soul)and it's about an angel who must fall to earth to have his sins forgiven. Perhaps the man is the angel in some way, but I'm not too sure.
    But it defintely has spiritual effect. Perhaps Nickelback opened the door to people hearing Jesus in the lyrics, and to show that no man is too strong to stand alone. Nickelback is all about thier fans experiencing the music from the fan's point of view, so what you think the song means, is probably what they want it to mean to you.


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    Mar 24th, 2007 3:00pm report

    I think people should separate the film clip from the actual song...

    the song may not necessarily be about the one person.

    Person 1 is in prison, knowing what he has done and come to terms with it and is now looking for forgiveness and salvation, it doesn't HAVE to be jesus. but it is a good example

    Person 2 may be someone who has spent their lives doing nothing but good for people and has come to a point where they see the world as a place they can't seem to change, now in a state of hopelessness and despair "on the ledge of the 18th storey" about to give up. looking for that answer that will give them a renewed faith in themselves and the world around them.

    two completely different situations but they are asking for the same thing.

    The video, I think could have followed the imagery for the song quite perfectly... but it does lend the song a double meaning.
    I see the same type of thing in the opening for Ergo Proxy, especially when the chorus starts "Come and save me" with the view of Vincent in the wasteland with his arms out shouting...


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    Mar 20th, 2007 3:35am report

    The numbers appear to be technological; perhaps they are from the future.

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    Mar 15th, 2007 3:48pm report

    I believe it's about anyone who feels they're beyond redemption and they're trying to cling to what they, or what they could, have left. Friends, lovers. etc. They feel like their life is taking the turn for the worse and need consolation from the people who are most important.


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    Feb 27th, 2007 2:25pm report

    This song isn't about prison or god, not for me anyway, when I heard this song it reminded me of a hard time in my life where I had to rely on someone to get me through it, a bond, whether spiritual or actual, it made an impact on my life.


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    Jan 13th, 2007 1:22pm report

    I think this is definitely about his desire to know Jesus, and to know what it is like to be saved & forgiven. Someone above put:
    "it is about someone trapped in jail for something they didn't do (or did do) and they are calling out for someone to save them. The guy is sick of jail and wants to get out"
    I don't think that's anything to sing about, lol. For a song to be good, it has to be deep and rich in meaning.. and not liking jail isn't really either of those.

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    Jan 4th, 2007 1:35pm report

    I believe it's about a man (not being sexist, just the main character in the vid was male), down on his luck and has decided he's not going to fight for his life to go on, that he's just given up. One day he's asking (God, Jesus, Fate, pick your deity) for a reason to go on, a reason to save himself and his life. At which point he's granted a gift in which he can see how many ticks of the clock those around him have left. As he realizes what the numbers are, he sees a woman who's time is about to run out and pulls her from certain death, saving her, and saving himself in the process.

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    Dec 7th, 2006 12:16pm report

    ok...this song is about a man who has been living life bad. now that he is in jail he seeks help from god. He feels that his life has been so messed up and he wants god to forgive and help him. He basically asking god to teach him the right way, to put him on the right path when he needs him most


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    Dec 5th, 2006 12:43pm report

    Im not sure if it's about being in prison but I do think it's about a guy that thinks he can't be saved or forgiven "heavens gates won't open up for me...."

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    Dec 5th, 2006 12:28am report

    i know for a fact what this song is 'bout! it's about a guy who is in prison and is seeking gods forgivness. The vidio has nothing to do with the meaning of the song but I love it along with everything else nickelback has done! there a truly amazing band!!!


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    Nov 14th, 2006 11:05pm report

    I think it can be interpreted into a lot of things but I like to think about as 9/11. Think about "i'm on the 18th story" I just thought it might mean when you have your life on the line you think about what all you've done and you're asking god to save you from death and you'll change you'll life. Just think of all the people who felt like that. I might be wrong but oh well.


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    Nov 14th, 2006 11:46pm report

    Its spelt jesus not jeuse

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    Nov 14th, 2006 11:44am report

    This song has many meanings, but the main theme in the song seems to be salvation. A person who feels lost at life and calls upon religion. Although there is no direct meaning to jesus or god, "heaven" and "saving me" seem to be a clear indicator that life [for this individual] has no direction and he turns to a higher belief for guidance. As for the beginning of this song, "these iron bars can't hold my soul in" provide a clear interpretation that life (iron bars: a metaphor for earth and life) can't hold this person here forever, and he now turns to become a better person and seeks truth and guidance. Is also seems as though this is a last cry because the individual isd "on the ledge of the 18th story" because life and death are on the same plane right now and asks if life is still worth saving. This is just my humble two cents.


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    Nov 9th, 2006 11:47pm report

    I think that this song is about how one person has the "gift" to see when people will die.Thus the reason the man in the coat saved the main "character". The main person doesn't realize what the numbers over the heads mean until he sees the old woman die, or when he sees the pregnant woman.Upon learning what these numbers mean he saves someone from their death(thus the name of the song, savin' me). When this happens he passes the "gift" on. But you need to watch the video if you want to believe this interpretation.

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