"Save A Prayer" was a 1982 hit single for Duran Duran. It was their 6th single, and the third from the platinum album Rio. The soft, seductive ballad reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart, being held off the top spot by Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger".
The song was not released as a single in the United States (although the video was very popular on MTV), but a live version released from the Arena reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1985.
According to Le Bon, the song's chorus structure is based on Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind" and the lyrics as being contrary to the then-popular New Romantic movement by being "realistic, and not romantic" and "for seeing things as they really are." He sums up Save A Prayer as "It's definitely a freedom song but like a kinda nobody owns anybody kinda song."
The video was filmed by director Russell Mulcahy among the jungles, beaches, and temples of Sri Lanka in April, 1982. Scenes were filmed atop the rock fortress of Sigiriya, and among the ruins of a Buddhist temple at Polonnaruwa.