Save Me San Francisco

Album: Save Me San Francisco (2009)
Charted: 75
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Songfacts®:

  • This song is a love letter to the city of San Francisco, where Train formed. In the song, lead singer Pat Monahan leaves the Bay Area and goes on a road trip that leaves him unsatisfied in Seattle (that would be a really bad movie title). With a newfound appreciation for his home city, he returns to San Francisco, where he feels saved.
  • "Save Me, San Francisco" is the title track from Train's fifth, their first release in nearly four years. "It's kind of like we're re-introducing the band to everybody," lead guitarist Jimmy Stafford told Billboard. "We just wanted to get back to our roots on this record. We wanted to do things a little more stripped-down like our first album and get back to the whole San Francisco vibe."

    The strategy worked: Train landed a huge hit with the album's first single, "Hey Soul Sister," and got right back on track.
  • Pat Monahan wrote this song with the S*A*M* and Sluggo team of David Katz and Sam Hollander, which also produced the track. Katz and Hollander had mostly worked in the pop-punk realm with acts like Metro Station and We The Kings, but they had no trouble getting on board with Train. "There are just certain cats you collaborate with who have such a specific lyrical brilliance, and Pat's one of those guys," Hollander told Songfacts. "I love the way he plays with phrases."
  • In the video, directed by Bill Fishman, Pat Monahan finds out via text that his girlfriend is leaving him and is getting married. He pulls a Graduate and stops the wedding, but unlike Dustin Hoffman in that 1967 film, he's rebuffed. The twist is that his ex is marrying a girl.
  • Some of the San Francisco references in this song: the Tenderloin district, Alcatraz, and cable cars. Alcatraz, a top tourist attraction in the area, is a former prison located on an island to keep it secure.
  • Now Alcatraz don't sound so bad
    At least they have a hella fine Merlot


    Train flexed their marketing muscle in 2011 when they started the Save Me San Francisco Wine company, with, of course, the Hella Fine Merlot in the collection.

Comments: 5

  • Matteo from East BayConsidering he’s with “ladies from Marin,” do you think it’s possible that the lyric “blisters on [his] skin” refers to something besides a sun burn?
  • Cecilia Lewis from Chattanooga Tennessee 1st heard Save me San Francisco at my daughter’s annual 4th of July party celebrating another year breast cancer free. (10 years now) I listen to this song everyday. Thank you BTW she Loves Train
  • Mia from Texas I never heard this song till today witch is 3/19/21 and I lovers it so much it's A GREAT SONG I LOVE IT ITS SO GOOD!
  • Robin from Bolton, United KingdomI fell in love with this after hearing it on KFOG SF. The Alcatraz merlot mentioned in the song is in fact made in Australia.
  • Joaquin from San Francisco, Cathis is such an amazing song!!!! I am from San Francisco and it will always be my home
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