Rescue Me Lyrics

Rescue Me – Fontella Bass

Lyrics and Guitar Lessons

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Rescue Me Lyrics

Rescue me, take me in your arms
Rescue me, I want your tender charm
‘Cause I’m a lonely and I’m blue
I need you and your love too

Come on and rescue me
Come on baby and rescue me
Come on baby and rescue me
‘Cause I need you, by my side
Can’t you see that I’m lonely

Rescue me, come on and take my heart
Take your love and conquer every part
‘Cause I’m a lonely and I’m blue
I need you and your love too

Come on and rescue me
Come on baby and rescue me
Come on baby and rescue me
‘Cause I need you, by my side
Can’t you see that I’m lonely

Instrumental break

Rescue me, oh take me in your arms
Rescue me, I want your tender charm
‘Cause I’m lonely and I’m blue
I need you and your love too

Come on and rescue me, come on baby
Take me baby (take me baby)
Hold me baby (hold me baby)
Love me baby (love me baby)
Can’t you see that I need you baby
Can’t you see that I’m lonely

Rescue me, come on and take my hand
C’mon baby and be my man
‘Cause I love you, ’cause I want you
Can’t you see that I’m lonely

Mmm-hmm (mmm-hmm)
Mmm-hmm (mmm-hmm)
Take me baby (take me baby)
Love me baby (love me baby)
Need me baby (need me baby)
Mmm-hmm (mmm-hmm) Mmm-hmm
Can’t you see that I’m lonely
Rescue me
Rescue me
Mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm


Guitar Lessons


Rescue Me – Step 1

For bands playing other people’s songs, Rescue Me has become an easy classic to add to the Motown/Soul repertoire.

Before we look at how to play each section in detail, let’s have a listen to the complete song and study a Bars and Beats chart.

Go to Rescue Me step 1.


Rescue Me – Step 2 (Free Preview)

The chorus of Rescue Me mainly moves between the two chords A and D.

To develop a good guitar part for it, you must ensure you can play these two chords anywhere on the neck. Let’s practice with the band.

Go to Rescue Me step 2.


Rescue Me – Step 3

In this step, we learn two new chords all over the neck in G and Em.

Pair this with A and D and you have the complete progression for the verse of Rescue Me to play with the band on a loop.

Go to Rescue Me step 3.


Rescue Me – Step 4

In this step, we take a look at the turnaround and how we can play it all over the neck, both as a single line and as chords.

To work out what chords we can play instead of just the melody, we must harmonize the A major scale.

Go to Rescue Me step 4.


Rescue Me – Step 5

As the intro has notes from the Major Pentatonic, let’s learn the scale in all shapes and make sure we can play the intro all over the neck.

I’ve made five custom-made exercises for this, see them as an introduction to learning the Major Pentatonic.

Go to Rescue Me step 5.


Rescue Me – Step 6

It’s time to put sections together, let’s play the verse, chorus, and turnaround one after another.

Remember this is still an exercise, keep exploring that fret board!

Go to Rescue Me step 6.


Rescue Me – Step 7

In this step, I play Rescue Me from beginning to end. Play along with me and the video, using both the same shapes as I do, as well as trying others.

And don’t forget to play the turnaround both as a melody, as well as chords.

Go to Rescue Me step 7.


Rescue Me – Step 8

The final step is now for you to play the full song.

If you practiced well, you could do this in an improvised way, picking out different chord shapes as the song moves along.

Go to Rescue Me step 8.


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Chords and Guitar Lessons

Rescue Me has a simple but very clever chord progression. Learn how to play it all over the neck and you’ll be able to improvise the rhythm part.

Improvising means to use pentatonic scales to build licks, slide into chords, add extra rhythms, as well as moving between chord shapes.

Go to Rescue Me chords and guitar lessons.


Fontella Bass

Fontella Bass spent a large amount of her life chasing a royalty check she never received for her million-selling smash hit Rescue Me.

It took her 28 years until she got paid, but it wasn’t in royalties for writing the song.

Go to Fontella Bass biography.


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