Album: Crocodiles (1980)
Charted: 62

Songfacts®:

  • An early Echo & The Bunnymen track, "Rescue" was the group's second single, and their first to chart. It gave them a huge career boost and remained one of their most popular songs throughout their career, played at most of their concerts.
  • In this song, lead singer Ian McCulloch is flummoxed, and is asking a girl to come to his rescue. It's a rather confused and desperate lyric, but the melody is far more upbeat. The band released a slower version on their 2018 album The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon.
  • McCulloch repeats the line, "Is this the blues I'm singin'" in the lyric. This is what he calls a "a non-rhetorical, rhetorical question," and is one of his favorite techniques.

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