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 save a prayer for me now
Save it til the morning after
No don't say a prayer for me now
Save it til the morning after

Feel the breeze deep on the inside look you down into the well
If you can you'll see the world in all his fire
Take a chance like all dreamers can't find another way
You don't have to dream it all, just live a day

Don't say a prayer for me now
Save it 'til the morning after
No don't say a prayer for me now
Save it 'til the morning after
Save it 'til the morning after
Save it 'til the morning after

Pretty looking road I try to hold the rising floods that fill my skin
Don't ask me why I'll keep my promise melt the ice
And you wanted to dance so I asked you to dance
But fear is in your soul
Some people call it a one night stand but we can call it paradise

Don't say a prayer for me now
Save it til the morning after
No don't say a prayer for me now
Save it 'til the morning after
Save it 'til the morning after
Save it 'til the morning after
Save it 'til the morning after
Save it 'til the morning after (doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo)
Save a prayer 'til the morning after
Save a prayer 'til the morning after
Save a prayer 'til the morning after
Save a prayer 'til the morning after
Save a prayer 'til the morning after
Save a prayer 'til the morning after


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Save a Prayer Lyrics as written by John Taylor Andy Taylor

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  • +4
    General Comment

    I absolutely love the melody of this song. It is so beautiful. What I love is the fact that despite being released over 20 odd years ago, the song still sounds fresh as does most of DD's songs. The somewhat tranquilizing melody combined with Simon's dreamy vocals make for a stunning song.

    My interpretation of the meaning is very simple - two lonely strangers meet up in presumably a foreign place (this I figured from the exotic location in the video) and hook up for one night with no intention to take it any further than that.

    'Don't say a prayer for me now, save it till the morning after.' What he (Simon) is telling the woman is not to worry about tomorrow and just savour the moment. Essentially, I think that pretty sums up the whole song - forgetting about everything and just living in the present moment.

    Still, an utterly beautiful song like only Duran Duran can do it.

    rush23on December 04, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    I always thought it was about not "saying a prayer" until the "morning after" a nuclear holocaust!! I know that's so crazy but that's what a 10 year old (me) thought it was about. I was too innocent to know the real meaning. It reminds me of 5th grade recess monkey bars at Aikin Elementary in Roman Forest, TX. That's what happens to kids that watch too much cold war tv news coverage and get religion shoved down their throats but are allowed to listen to whatever they want. At least I had/have an awesome imagination.

    friedgreentoyotason February 20, 2010   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretation

    I think lots of people are conjuring images of the "morning after" pill when listening to this song nowadays. However, that may be kind of close. I agree that it's sung from the perspective of a guy who's if not an actual gigolo, is pretty near to it. For whatever reason, this encounter is especially poetic to him. "Saving a prayer" until the morning after is basically the idea of setting consequences aside and worrying about them later, be they typical one-night stand complications or other issues. The band tends to play this song as a tribute when someone close to them passes away. While the melancholic melody works for that purpose, the lyrics don't.

    themis2121on April 07, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    I really think this song is about AIDS. In which case, it does make sense in memorium, in certain cases. Think about when it was written...

    zamboon September 06, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    this is song is usually skipped over as far as duran duran goes, but i find it just as classic as their other material, perfectly danceable, and of course a 3 minute party.

    _maria_on April 09, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This is my fave Duran Duran song too. 'Maria' says "...it is usually skipped over..." By WHOM?!? This is one of THE most emblematic tracks of DD ever. P.S. I'd never thought to find out exactly what the lryics are, until today! :D

    karkarinuson September 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
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    "The only story about this one is that I was obsessed by a song in the seventies when I was a little boy called If You Could Read My Mind. Does anyone know that song, by Gordon Lightfoot? You know, "bout a ghost from a wishing well" "if you could read my mind, love" and you know there's that bit [sings this part] "don't say a prayer for me now" [from Save A Prayer, not If You Could Read My Mind] well it kinda comes from [singing again, getting you to hear how close the melody is] "and you won't read that book again" It actually inspired two songs, two Duran Duran songs and this is one of them, this is Save A Prayer" -Simon on VH1 Storytellers: Duran Duran

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_You_Could_Read_MyMind(song)

    laurelinwyntreon October 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I think its about two people who LOVE eachother but they know the next day they cant see eachother anymore. so I think it is about loss

    aJTloveron April 24, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    In my opinion, it's when he's having too much fun in an 80s party, so you save a prayer for the morning after, when the hangover comes and the shock with the reality, don't you agree?

    PeluCrespinson November 05, 2021   Link
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    this song is awesome and the music video is beautiful. its set in some tropical area. i like duran duran

    thePsychoticFunkon April 09, 2006   Link

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