Romm Diamonds Blog
March 28th, 2014
Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you great songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, we feature “Someone to Save You,” the 2007 power ballad by OneRepublic. In this song about a destructive relationship, lead singer Ryan Tedder is making a desperate attempt to pull his friend from the depths of depression before it’s too late.


In the first verse, he sings, “Patience took you for everything
 / Looked like a diamond ring / You wore it so much longer / Than made sense.”

“Someone to Save You,” which one critic called "a big song, with big vocals and big sound, kind of a ballad on steroids," is the 11th track on OneRepublic’s platinum-selling debut album, Dreaming Out Loud. The album generated five singles, including the hit “Apologize,” which reached #1 in 16 countries and earned the band a Grammy nomination.

Despite it’s great success, OneRepublic was nearly relegated to a footnote in the annals of “Bands That Almost Made It.” The band formed in 2003 and got its first break when Columbia Records signed the group only nine months later. For the next two and a half years, the band worked on its first full-length album, but two months before the album was set to release, Columbia dropped the band from its label.

With no record label, OneRepublic turned to the Internet to build a fan base. The band quickly became MySpace’s #1 unsigned act, with more than 28 million songs played. That success attracted the attention of a bunch of interested labels, including the Mosley Music Group, which signed the band.

Please click the video at the end of this post to see OneRepublic performing “Someone to Save You” live at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory in 2008. The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along.

"Someone To Save You"
Written by Eddie Fisher, Timothy John Myers and Ryan B. Tedder. Performed by OneRepublic.

Patience took you for everything
Looked like a diamond ring
You wore it so much longer
Than made sense

Apathy in disguise
Crept on you like a spy
Hurt you in ways
You can’t describe

Back to the start now
I won’t let you go this way now

Honesty is what you need
It sets you free like someone to save you
Let it go, but hurry now
There's undertow and I don’t want to lose you now

Alright, sit down and spill your heart
Let's start from the very start
'Cause I can see by your eyes
You’re wasted

Your energy comes and goes
You’re taking your time, you know
Nothing can change what happened

So, back to the start now
I won’t let you go this way now

Honesty is what you need
It sets you free like someone to save you
Let it go, but hurry now
There's undertow and I don’t wanna lose you now
Don’t wanna lose you now, and now

Oh, my, look at your pride starts fading so
How much can you take?

Honesty is what you need
It sets you free like someone to save you
Let it go, but hurry now
There's undertow and I don’t want to lose you

Na Na Na Na Na Na Na [x14]
I said to save you
Save you
Save you
Someone to save you
What you need is
Someone to save you