Save Tonight chords by Eagle-Eye Cherry

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Save Tonight | Chords + Lyrics


||: Am F/C | C G :||
||: Am F/C | C G :||
||: Du du du du, du du du du. :||

Verse 1

||: Am F/C | C G | Am F/C | C G :||
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.

Chorus 1

||: Am F/C | C G | Am F/C | C G :||
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.

Verse 2

||: Am F/C | C G | Am F/C | C G :||
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.

Chorus 2

||: Am F/C | C G | Am F/C | C G :||
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.


||: A5 F | C G5 :|| x4


||: Am F/C | C G | Am F/C | C G :||
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.

Chorus 3

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


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

||: Am F/C | C G | Am F/C | C G :||

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

Save Tonight Chords: Learn the progressions!

Save Tonight Analysis + TAB T

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

One endless loop of VI – IV – I – V, or AmF/CCG, 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 very different.

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

Another tune that does this backward cycle of 4th thing is Wonderwall, both very well suited to the one acoustic guitar party repertoire.

Incubus Mike Einziger clearly likes Save Tonight as he “took inspiration” from it when he cowrote Wake Me Up with Avicii, yet another must on the solo performer’s party setlist.

Members look at three bits of TAB that should first be practised individually, then blended to sound good when playing Save Tonight’s chords.

Here’s how I suggest you should play the chorus.

Save Tonight chords and TAB chorus

If you don’t take these types of tunes seriously, you may end up sounding extremely annoying, just bashing your way through them. Playing something this repetitive and seemingly simple well requires discipline.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Save Tonight – Guitar lesson with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

Eagle-Eye Cherry drew on his training as an actor when recording the music video for Save Tonight!

As a breakthrough single, you can’t do much better than Eagle-Eye Cherry and his worldwide smash hit Save Tonight (1997).

It sits perfectly next to other acoustic ’90s Anthems like What’s Up, Mr Jones, Iris, Torn, and Two Princes. I remember playing all these at after-ski parties in the French Alps and at the beach bars in Greece during 1999.

And just like the above mentioned, this was a global hit, reaching the top 10 in 16 countries. In the U.K., the single sold over 1 million copies.

Eagle-Eye, who went to New York acting school with Jennifer Aniston, played several roles in his music video and must have thought he’d made it.

The Swedish press got behind him, hailing Mr Cherry as the next big thing, but after the award for Song of the Year had been handed out, he didn’t manage to follow it up.

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