Save Tonight chords



You can learn how to play Save Tonight by Eagle-Eye Cherry!

Super simple Save Tonight was Eagle-Eye Cherry’s first single off his debut album, Desireless, released in 1997.

The song quickly became an international success, making Eagle-Eye famous overnight.

Luckily he had prepared for it as he had been living away from his native Sweden in New York, attending acting classes with Jennifer Aniston, playing drums in bands, and growing up with his already famous sister, Neneh.

The acting skills he picked up in class with Jennifer are evident in the music video for Save Tonight, which has him playing a bunch of characters. How much of Save Tonight’s success is down to the video is difficult to say, but it sure helped!

Let’s take a look at how the chords scan with the lyrics.


Save Tonight chords and lyrics


||: Am F | C G5 :||

||: Am F | C G5 :||
||: Du du du du, du du du du. :||

||: Am F | C G5 | Am F | C G5 :||
Go on and close, the curtains, ’cause all we need, is candlelight.
You and me, and a bottle of wine, to hold you tonight (ah, yeah).
Well we know, I’m going away and how I wish, I wish it weren’t so.
So take this wine, and drink with me, and let’s delay our misery.

||: Am F | C G5 | Am F | C G5 :||
Save tonight, and fight the break of dawn, come tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll be gone.
Save tonight, and fight the break of dawn, come tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll be gone.

||: Am F | C G5 | Am F | C G5 :||
There’s a log on the fire, and it burns like me for you.
Tomorrow comes, with one desire, to take me away (oh it’s true).
It ain’t easy to say goodbye, Darlin’ please, don’t start to cry.
‘Cause girl you know I’ve got to go (oh) and Lord I wish it wasn’t so.

||: Am F | C G5 | Am F | C G5 :||
Save tonight, and fight the break of dawn, come tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll be gone.
Save tonight, and fight the break of dawn, come tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll be gone.

||: Am F | C G5 :|| x4

||: Am F | C G5 | Am F | C G5 :||
Tomorrow comes to take me away, I wish that I, that I could stay.
But girl you know I’ve got to go (oh) and Lord I wish wasn’t so.

||: Am F | C G5 | Am F | C G5 :||
||: Save tonight, and fight the break of dawn, come tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll be gone. :|| x4

||: Am F | C G5 :|| x4
||: Tomorrow I’ll be gone :|| x4

||: Am F | C G5 :|| x4

||: Am F | C G5 :||
Save tonight, save tonight.
Save tonight, save tonight (oh, that’s right).

Save tonight, save tonight.


Save Tonight chord progression

One of the best things about a four-chord song is that you can learn it quickly and in a band setting, focus on dynamics and communicating with band members, rather than remember chords.

One endless loop of VI – IV – I – V. AmFCG5, is all we get in Save Tonight. How come it works so well?

Perhaps it’s got to do with the initial VI – IV, this is pretty unusual. I – IV being the most common movement around, having the relative minor first instead, does feel different.

Following this, we are moving backward through the cycle of 4th. Normally you’d go up from G – C – F, but in Save Tonight, the chords move the other way, F – C – G. This is clear enough to be familiar, but with a twist.


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