"Save Me" as written by Gregory Perkins and James G. Cruickshank....
I'm driving through the desert I, met a man
Who told me of his crazy plan
He'd been walking there for twenty days
He was going to walk on
For twenty more
Said "How about a drink or a bite to eat?"
He said "No, my faith is all I need"
So then, save me
Save me mister walking man
If you can

You don't need to prove a thing to me
Just give me faith, make me believe
Come on, save me
Save me Mister walking man
If you can
Come on, save me
Save me Mister stranger
If you please save me
Save me
Stranger, if you please
Or am I too far gone
I see to get back home
To get back home

How about you take a ride with me
We could kill some time, shoot the breeze
He said "every whispering wind and second counts"
Oh, maybe if you walk, but you should drive around

Save me
Save me
Mr. walking man, if you can
Come on, save me
Save me Mr. stranger, if you please
Save me, save me
Stranger, if you please
Or am I too far gone
To get back home
To get back home
I don't need you to stall for some time, no
I don't need you to turn water into wine, no
I don't need you to, to fly
I'm just asking you to save me

(Might try saving yourself)
I'm going to save me
(Might try saving yourself)
I swear those lips shine
(Might try saving yourself)
As it, the moon, the moon it shines
(Might try saving yourself)
Why don't you, save me
(Might try saving yourself)
Come on and save me
(Might try saving yourself)


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"Save Me" as written by David John Matthews

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    General CommentThis song is obviously referring to when Jesus was put in the desert for 40 days without food or water to show his faith in God....."he was walking there for 20 days he was going to walk on for 20 more"...."how about a drink or a bite to eat, no my faith is all i need"...... it is in no way a song about dave matthews being sacreligious, actually it's quite the opposite. He's asking to be saved, which in a way we should all ask to be saved because all of us sin...."save me, save me, mr. walking man, if you can, save me, save me stranger if you please or am i too far gone, to get back home"...it's a song showing that dave matthews wants to believe in God and is asking to be forgiven and saved.
    fosho22on April 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is 100% referencing Jesus Christ, but I see it a little differently than most:

    In this song, Jesus is the man walking through the desert and Dave as the narrator is representative of 1) those who cling to the idea of Jesus, maybe for the wrong reasons, in hopes they can "be saved" and 2) the distractions faced by Jesus Christ on his righteous journey.

    Asking to be saved, the narrator describes the the desperation to people to "be saved." He describes people that aren't looking to prove the integrity of their savior, and people that are afraid they're too far gone, "to get back home." In the ends points out that its not all just up to who you ask for help and who you put your faith in, you in fact are required to take action yourself

    He is also further describing the existence of Jesus and the temptation, speculation, and doubt surrounding his life. The narrator is opposing Jesus asking him for drink, bite to eat, a ride, and a conversation. Jesus knows, "every whispering wind and second counts" and has to advert the temptation. I think Dave's describing Jesus remaining and icon and being a man of extreme importance without actually having to prove any ability to save or preform a miracle. Jesus and faith have power to Dave in their existence and how people use them on an individual basis.

    overall, pro Jesus and pro faith with out being pro religion, and in fact supporting self initiative.
    sugarmagnoliadayon May 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmrbucket you are terribly mistaken, he said it himself he has a tremendous respect for Jesus Christ. He is in no way mocking him. And people like you who think that all of Jesus' miracles are "a world away" are exactly the people who are talked about in the bible. That is where faith come into play, no ive never seen Jesus, no i have never seen his miracles, but i do know with every fiber of my being that he lived, and died, for US, so to your question "what has he done for me" he has done everything for you. *Sighs out Deaply* sorry, was a lil upset.
    DMB NAZIon September 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is clearly about Jesus's run in with the despicable devil in the desert. Jesus speaks clearly and beautifully while the Devil questions whether or not Jesus can save Him or anybody for that matter. Since Jesus doesn't save those who don't really desire to be saved (the Devil was just trying to tempt Jesus, He didn't love Christ, the Devil is proud and Hates God who is His enemy). You see in order for the Devil to succeed, which He didn't, He would have had to weakend Christ's faith in Himself to save the world, which He did. Christ finished the task and the Devil failed. Since the Devil knew he was a failure, he tried to make it as bad as possible on Jesus hence the gruesome beatings (to say the least). The whole song is from the Devil's perspective and through His lips. Not that Dave is the Devil, but He has a keen understanding of the Devil's ways to try and weaken faith, and will use little ways of rhetoric and 'statements' to lessen faith in a mighty God who's ways are unseen by the lost. Jesus was not lost and was strong, so strong that He bore the weight of all the sin in the world. It is a catchy song that riles up our emotions, but don't be drawn to it as a song of worship but rather a reflection. It is a fact that Christ saves, but we must understand why and how to fully appreciate the need He satisfies - the hole in our soul that He fills. God bless you in your walk.
    jrd33on February 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about Jesus. Dave sings about Jesus alot, and he's talked about his respect for Jesus without actually professing his faith. Dave always said he loved Jesus not for what He said, but how He said it.
    stratman3682on April 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentDave has said it's about the Devil asking Jesus to save him.
    zefferonion May 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts about the Temptation in the desert, when Jesus went out for 40 days and 40 nights to fast. Then the devil came to him and started trying to tempt him. The walking man is Jesus, dave is asking him to save him.
    ZidaneTribalon May 12, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"you might try savin' yourself" gets me everytime.
    dancingnancy19on June 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen he was talking about "u might try savin urself " i think that was Dave's way of showing the devil mocking Jesus. And not Dave himself questioning God .
    jake435on October 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentits about the temptation of christ...i heard him say it on MTV after he performed it
    lostinadyingworldon January 07, 2005   Link

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