The Paul McCartney Project

Save Us

Album This song officially appears on the New Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2013
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

Other songs co-written with Paul Epworth

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Song facts

Save Us” is the opening song of McCartney’s 2013 album “New“. It was co-written with Paul Epworth, one of three producers on the album.

When I was ready to record the album, I was looking at producers to see who I got on with. First of all I went ’round to Paul. Paul Epworth and his studio above a little shop in the high street. I knew he had done a lot of great work, but I didn’t know him. I didn’t know whether I was going to like his character. I went up there and said: ‘I’ve got my little bag of songs.’ He said: ‘You know what? I’ve got this ideal. I’ve got this feeling of what it should be like…’. So he started to give me this up-tempo beat, and I said okay – realising now that we are gonna make it up. I didn’t know he did that. I just got on the piano and started banging away, he jumped on the drums, and he’s a good drummer, Paul. I said: ‘What do we do? We keep you on drums?’ He said: ‘Sometimes. We can get a proper drummer in.’ But he didn’t sound convinced. No way was he ever gonna get a proper drummer in! The thing is he’s got great energy. And it was his idea after all to do that tempo. So I said: ‘Let’s hear how it sounds,’ so I banged it out on the piano, started to put some chords with the idea and we gradually just that day layered it and finished it up.

Paul McCartney

On this occasion with Save Us, Paul just had that idea so I just ran along with it. We got a backing cooking, I put some bass on it and I put a guitar on it and so it sounded like what you hear on the record. And then the thing was ‘Well, what song is this?’ So I started mumbling and blocking out words ‘What did I just sing?’ You just pull words and I just scribbled some stuff down. So that one was very organic and wrote itself over a few hours.

Paul McCartney

I feel like I thrive as a producer from getting in a room with somebody, and making music from scratch. He came down for a meeting, to sit down and have a chat, and within an hour we were in the live room with him on bass and me on drums – that was definitely a pinch yourself moment! – and within 20 minutes we had this riff together, which became the first song on the record. […]

We worked out the basic vibe for Save Us with the bass and the drums. Then I said, ‘Why don’t we try it on the piano?’ So McCartney sat down on the piano and moved between these chords and gave it a sort of pounding rhythm. I watched him playing that piano and taking the chords I’d been playing, shifting the fingering around a bit and suddenly it sounded like a McCartney song. I was pretty astonished – it was like a big reveal!

Paul Epworth – NME, November 2013

Last updated on May 26, 2019

Lyrics

I can try to give you
Everything you ever wanted
You’re not hard to please
And the only thing I’m asking
In return is something
You can give with ease

Keep on sending your love
In the heat of battle
You got something that’ll
Save us, save us now

Got a feeling there’s a
Jungle rhythm beating in me
When I’m close to you
I don’t really want to
Ask too many favours, but there’s
Something you can do

Keep on sending your love
In the heat of battle
We got something that’ll
Save us, save us now

Oh oh oh oh you’re my woman
Oh oh oh oh keep it coming
Oh oh oh oh you’ve got something
That could save us, save us

Keep on sending your love
Oh oh oh oh
Cos in the heat of battle
You got something that’ll
Save us, save us now
Save us now
Save us now

Officially appears on


New

Official album • Released in 2013

2:39 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Paul Epworth:
Drums, Producer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant recording engineer
Kevin Mills:
Assistant mixing engineer
Sam Okell:
Recording engineer
Jamie Kirkham:
Assistant recording engineer
Mark 'Spike' Stent:
Mixing engineer
Matt Wiggins:
Engineer
Geoff Swan:
Assistant mixing engineer
Adam Miller:
Assistant recording engineer
John Prestage:
Assistant recording engineer
Laurence Anslow:
Assistant recording engineer
Tom Bailey:
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
January 2012
Studio:
Wolf Tone Studios, London, UK & Hog Hill Mill, Rye, UK ?

Session Overdubs:
March 2012
Studio:
Wolf Tone Studios, London & AIR Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Mixing:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


New (Deluxe Edition)

Official album • Released in 2013

2:39 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Paul Epworth:
Drums, Producer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant recording engineer
Kevin Mills:
Assistant mixing engineer
Sam Okell:
Recording engineer
Jamie Kirkham:
Assistant recording engineer
Mark 'Spike' Stent:
Mixing engineer
Matt Wiggins:
Engineer
Geoff Swan:
Assistant mixing engineer
Adam Miller:
Assistant recording engineer
John Prestage:
Assistant recording engineer
Laurence Anslow:
Assistant recording engineer
Tom Bailey:
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
January 2012
Studio:
Wolf Tone Studios, London, UK & Hog Hill Mill, Rye, UK ?

Session Overdubs:
March 2012
Studio:
Wolf Tone Studios, London & AIR Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Mixing:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


New (Japan Edition)

Official album • Released in 2013

2:39 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Paul Epworth:
Drums, Producer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant recording engineer
Kevin Mills:
Assistant mixing engineer
Sam Okell:
Recording engineer
Jamie Kirkham:
Assistant recording engineer
Mark 'Spike' Stent:
Mixing engineer
Matt Wiggins:
Engineer
Geoff Swan:
Assistant mixing engineer
Adam Miller:
Assistant recording engineer
John Prestage:
Assistant recording engineer
Laurence Anslow:
Assistant recording engineer
Tom Bailey:
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
January 2012
Studio:
Wolf Tone Studios, London, UK & Hog Hill Mill, Rye, UK ?

Session Overdubs:
March 2012
Studio:
Wolf Tone Studios, London & AIR Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Mixing:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


New (Collector's Edition)

Official album • Released in 2014

2:39 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Paul Epworth:
Drums, Producer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant recording engineer
Kevin Mills:
Assistant mixing engineer
Sam Okell:
Recording engineer
Jamie Kirkham:
Assistant recording engineer
Mark 'Spike' Stent:
Mixing engineer
Matt Wiggins:
Engineer
Geoff Swan:
Assistant mixing engineer
Adam Miller:
Assistant recording engineer
John Prestage:
Assistant recording engineer
Laurence Anslow:
Assistant recording engineer
Tom Bailey:
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
January 2012
Studio:
Wolf Tone Studios, London, UK & Hog Hill Mill, Rye, UK ?

Session Overdubs:
March 2012
Studio:
Wolf Tone Studios, London & AIR Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Mixing:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


New (2014 Japan Tour Edition)

Official album • Released in 2014

2:39 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Paul Epworth:
Drums, Producer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant recording engineer
Kevin Mills:
Assistant mixing engineer
Sam Okell:
Recording engineer
Jamie Kirkham:
Assistant recording engineer
Mark 'Spike' Stent:
Mixing engineer
Matt Wiggins:
Engineer
Geoff Swan:
Assistant mixing engineer
Adam Miller:
Assistant recording engineer
John Prestage:
Assistant recording engineer
Laurence Anslow:
Assistant recording engineer
Tom Bailey:
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
January 2012
Studio:
Wolf Tone Studios, London, UK & Hog Hill Mill, Rye, UK ?

Session Overdubs:
March 2012
Studio:
Wolf Tone Studios, London & AIR Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Mixing:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


New (Collector's Edition)

Official album • Released in 2014

2:41 • LiveL1 • Live at Tokyo Dome 2013

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Background vocals, Guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Background vocals, Drums
Paul Wickens:
Background vocals, Keyboards
Brian Ray:
Background vocals, Guitar
Giles Martin:
Producer

New (2014 Japan Tour Edition)

Official album • Released in 2014

2:44 • VideoV1 • Live at Tokyo Dome 2013

Toru Uehara:
Director, Producer

Pure McCartney

Official album • Released in 2016

2:39 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Paul Epworth:
Drums, Producer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant recording engineer
Kevin Mills:
Assistant mixing engineer
Sam Okell:
Recording engineer
Jamie Kirkham:
Assistant recording engineer
Mark 'Spike' Stent:
Mixing engineer
Matt Wiggins:
Engineer
Geoff Swan:
Assistant mixing engineer
Adam Miller:
Assistant recording engineer
John Prestage:
Assistant recording engineer
Laurence Anslow:
Assistant recording engineer
Tom Bailey:
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
January 2012
Studio:
Wolf Tone Studios, London, UK & Hog Hill Mill, Rye, UK ?

Session Overdubs:
March 2012
Studio:
Wolf Tone Studios, London & AIR Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Mixing:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

2:39 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Paul Epworth:
Drums, Producer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant recording engineer
Kevin Mills:
Assistant mixing engineer
Sam Okell:
Recording engineer
Jamie Kirkham:
Assistant recording engineer
Mark 'Spike' Stent:
Mixing engineer
Matt Wiggins:
Engineer
Geoff Swan:
Assistant mixing engineer
Adam Miller:
Assistant recording engineer
John Prestage:
Assistant recording engineer
Laurence Anslow:
Assistant recording engineer
Tom Bailey:
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
January 2012
Studio:
Wolf Tone Studios, London, UK & Hog Hill Mill, Rye, UK ?

Session Overdubs:
March 2012
Studio:
Wolf Tone Studios, London & AIR Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Mixing:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

Videos

Live performances

“Save Us” has been played in 135 concerts and 5 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Save Us” has been played


Moline • TaxSlayer Center

Jun 11, 2019 • Part of Freshen Up Tour


Madison • Kohl Center

Jun 06, 2019 • Part of Freshen Up Tour




Krakow • Tauron Arena

Dec 03, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour



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