Saved by the Bell

Album: Robin's Reign (1969)
Charted: 2
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  • This Robin Gibb composition was his first solo release. The original B-side was to be "Alexander Goodtime" but in November 1969 it was reported by Melody Maker that a fault had been discovered on the tape. The new B-side was "Mother And Jack," and the single was released on the Polydor label in Belgium. >>
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    Alexander Baron - London, England
  • The phrase "saved by the bell" is a boxing reference - it means getting knocked down, but not counted out because the round ends (signified by the ring bell). Gibb assigned a different meaning to the phrase on this track, where he sings of a woman "Saved by the bell on your own carousel."

    It's possible that her carousel ride has brought her back around to Gibb, the one who can save her. At least that's what he'd like to think.
  • The song is rather melodramatic in lyric and delivery, with Gibb singing about how he "died for you" and is now walking "down heartbreak lane." This was his style. "I don't sing with my voice, I sing with my heart," he said.
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