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Released in 2013

Save Us

Written by Paul McCartneyPaul Epworth

Last updated on February 5, 2021

Album This song officially appears on the New Official album.

Timeline This song was officially released in 2013

Timeline This song was written, or began to be written, in 2012, when Paul McCartney was 70 years old)

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This song was recorded during the following studio sessions:

Other songs co-written with Paul Epworth

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Save Us” is a track of McCartney’s 2013 album “New“, co-written with Paul Epworth, one of the four producers of the album. It is the opening song of the album, and also the first song recorded for the album.

For New, he was feeling social. His first stop was at the London studio of Paul Epworth, the young producer and songwrit­er best known for his work on Adele’s 21, which McCartney, like so many millions, adored. McCartney arrived emp­ty-handed. “I was like, ‘OK, what am I going to do here?‘” he re­calls. “I’m very open – I just don’t wanna bore myself.” Epworth was assertive. He mouthed a muscular, hurtling rock beat, telling McCartney that this was the tempo and energy he should hit. “I said, ‘That’s a good idea, let’s get lively, let’s not get all deep and serious,‘” McCartney says. “So he jumped on the drum kit, I jumped on the piano, we multilayered it, I put chords in, structured it a bit, and started blocking out the words. Normal­ly with me it’s melody and lyric at the same time – I’ll follow the train of thought, and the lyr­ics and melody all come at once. But when you’re improvising, you don’t have words, you don’t know what the song’s about. You just know how it feels and how a vocal might sound, so you go wada bada bada wado biddo woo in order to get the melody, then you find words that fit the blocking.” The session yielded “Save Us.”

From RollingStone, November 7, 2013

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 [Epworth] 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


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


  • A Album version
  • L1 Live at Tokyo Dome 2013
  • V1 Live at Tokyo Dome 2013

Officially appears on

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Related films

  • Save Us (Fan video)

    2014 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by Sarah Randell

  • Save Us

    2015 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by Charlie Lightening


Live performances

Save Us” has been played in 138 concerts and 8 soundchecks.

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