"Save Me" as written by Rob Hyman and Cyndi Lauper....
You look like a perfect fit
For a girl in need of a tourniquet

But can you - save me
Come on and - save me
If you could - save me
From the ranks of the freaks
Who suspect they could never love anyone

'Cause I can tell
You know what it's like
The long farewell
Of the hunger strike

But can you save me
Come on and save me
If you could save me
From the ranks of the freaks
Who suspect they could never love anyone

You struck me down like radium
Like Peter Pan or Superman

You will come to save me
C'mon and save me
If you could save me
From the ranks of the freaks
Who suspect they could never love anyone
'Cept the freaks
Who suspect they could never love anyone
But the freaks
Who suspect they could never love anyone

C'mon and save me
Why don't you save me
If you could save me
From the ranks of the freaks
Who suspect they could never love anyone

Except the freaks
Who suspect they could never love anyone
Except the freaks who could never love anyone


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"Save Me" as written by Rob Hyman, Cyndi Lauper

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    General CommentI agree that the word "tourniquette" is related to cutting off circulation. I feel it means that the person gets too caught up in the world and their worries, overanalysing everything. They need to stop feeling for a while in order to actually see their life for what it is and stand any chance of sorting out their problems.

    I actually think she could be talking about herself in the song. She wants someone else to save her and fix everything thats wrong with her. She imagines someone stepping into her life and sorting everything out but in reality wonders "Why don't you save me?" and knows deep down that the only person who can really save her is herself but doesn't see how.
    Thowkyon May 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBasically the world is amok with folks who have issues with intimacy--the so-called "freaks who suspect they could never love anyone". And one day you wake up and realize that you're sick to death of looking for that one person who's not an emotional basket case. The narrator wants her new relationship to work out, but she's unsure, because her man would have to practically have superpowers to help her forget all shit she's been through.
    I particularly love the last verse-- because, of course, the universe is also brimming with folks who are so fucked up that the only people they can love are people who don't love, period.
    This song is practically a masterpiece of modern alienation! Go, Aimee, go!
    dewdropon May 20, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Save Me" is a beautiful song, and very deep!

    As the song proceeds:

    There is a new awareness about this next lover. There is an awakening about the dire straits she is in..... The new lover -- he or she -- could be just the one to help stop the bleeding, to recover and heal. (IMHO a "perfect fit" means both someone who can BE a tourniquet and someone who NEEDS a tourniquet.)

    The last relationship left a big wound and it still hurts like hell, like
    someone could die if the bleeding is not stopped. The process of starting over is now part of the focus, so that falling in love is part cynical, part unavoidable, and part romantic. Expressing the hope that she will be saved from the sick-at-heart people, and from BECOMING ONE OF THEM, she asks to be saved. Its a poignant bit of prose, and the beautiful singing does it justice, allowing the need and longing and loneliness to come through clearly.

    Like Peter Pan could swoop down and snatch her from the jaws of the crocodile,
    or Superman could carry her away. Both heroes are able to fly, and that is what she saw in previous relationships as they started. But before too long she realized that those super powers come with drawbacks. Peter Pan and Superman are at the extreme opposite ends of what she has experienced in her love-life. Even though they both are always interested in saving someone, that can be a real drawback, too. One is a boy who will never grow up. The other is the strong silent type, too reserved.

    Whoever it is, they will come with only her in mind. This poking fun at the men is what makes me think that the singer could be looking for salvation in another woman. Thats one possible interpretation, in which case the "ranks of the freaks who suspect they could never love anyone" are men who have difficulty and discomfort with expressing their feelings and giving themselves to someone wholly.

    But both men and women have been stuck in failed relationships before. So the singer's reference to the "long farewell of the hunger strike" could be about anyone. It speaks of the lack of affection before it ends. Aloof becomes cold. Cold becomes dead.

    Sometimes a couple will be holding it together even though the love is gone. And sometimes the sick-at-heart want to hurt their partner before the breakup. To them, starving oneself of love seems acceptable if it means they can deprive the other too. This could refer to a man who can live without the love easier than a woman can. But if you pick up that kind of habit, you too can become a "freak who suspects they can never love anyone." Its a scary thought.
    txnuke1201on July 15, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthell yeah im all about aimee mann. i just had this craving for her songs so i downloaded tons today. i think she is talking about people that for some reason just don't fit in. Superman and peter pan are things that people wish they were. I think this song is all about wishing you were something you are not. Thats why it was in the movei Magnolia because all those people wanted to be something they werent. They just werent happy with who they were.
    rainydayboyon May 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnicely put there dewdrop. i saw this music video and the song grabbed me mentally and i just unknowingly downloaded it. aimee rules and is a nice change from yelling and jumping and screaming for a little while. punks like mellow music too, we're not all 'scream and mosh! etc etc' whatever the stereotype is for punks these days, i dont keep track. anyway, aimee has an amazing voice and shes a great lyricist.
    Nimbus the Kittenon June 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdewdrop said it all.
    joanna or noton June 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. Great words. Aimee also does the cutest little physical stretch upward each time she hits the higher "save me"s, as though the stretch will help her hit the notes. (She is awesome in concert!)
    driggsyon June 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think that the "tourniqutte" has anything to do with drugs. When I think of the word I think of something tightening that cuts off all circulation, which is what I think the actual thing is. When she says she's in need of one, I think what she means is she needs someone to cut her off from the world and all of her problems; she needs to be saved.
    alliecat387on April 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love mellow songs like these. i came across this song by chance and am glad that i did.

    basically its been summed up before, the world is stricken of love and aimee is sick of it and needs someone to save her from these emotionless people.
    ginamlon September 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the best songs ever written. It clearly has some self-pity, but if she can't love anyone, then of course she feels sorry.. the character in this song still has a heart. I believe this song was written for the character "Claudia" in Magnolia, who can't save herself from destruction and can't make connections with anyone else. She wanders through a life of lonliness.

    I listened to this song a lot in Colorado. When you feel like a freak it's hard to love anyone.. you don't want to be vulnerable. Yet, the voice in this song is vulnerable and sensitive. She wants a final chance at redemption, to jump back into life: "Save Me."

    On first listen this song really freaked me out. But if you give it multiple listens, you will draw a lot from it. The bridge is beautiful, and the chorus makes me cry.
    cloudgirlon January 25, 2006   Link

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