Pete Townshend - Save It For Later Lyrics




Two dozen other dirty lovers
Must be a sucker for it
Cry, cry, but I don't need my mother
Just hold my hand while I come to a decision on it

Sooner or later
Your legs give way, you hit the ground
Save it for later
Don't run away and let me down

Sooner or later
You hit the deck, you get found out
Save it for later
Don't run away and let me down, you let me down
You run away, run away, let me down, run away

Black air and seven seas all rotten through
But what can you do?
I don't know how I'm meant to act with all of you lot
Sometimes I don't try
I just now, now, now, now, now...

Sooner or later
Your legs give way, you hit the ground
Save it for later
Don't run away and let me down

Sooner or later
You hit the deck, you get found out
Save it for later
Don't run away and let me down, you let me down
Run away, run away and let me down

Why don't you hold me
Why don't you hold me and kiss me now
Why don't you just hold me
Why don't you hold me and kiss me now

Two dozen other stupid reasons
Why we should suffer all this
Don't bother trying to explain them
Just hold my hand while I come to a decision on this

Sooner or later
Your legs give way, you hit the ground
Save it for later
Don't run away and let me down

Sooner or later
You hit the deck, you get found out
Save it for later
Don't run away and let me down, you let me down
Run away, run away, run away and run away and let me down
Run away and run away and let me down

Save it for later
Save it for later
Save it for later, honey
Save all that stuff for later

Hold me
Why don't you hold me and kiss me now
I want you to hold me
Why don't you hold me and kiss me, honey

Save it for later
Don't run away, run away, run away, run away, run away, run away and let me down
Run away, run away, run away, run away and let me down
Run away, run away and let me down
Run away, run away and let me down
Run away, run away and let me down
Run away, run away and let me down





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  1. Joel Strachan

    I just love this man...

  2. Amanda Dockery

    This song needs more instruments present

  3. Gabe Caggiano

    What I love about Pete is the bitter bite in all of his phrasing....channeled and suppressed rage coming out in spittles of truth. And it works..otherwise you have Bread,America and the Cowsills. Or Kiki Dee.

  4. chuck sekyra

    How brilliant is this?!!!

  5. SEVENLAYER

    An indescribably beautiful cover of an already marvelous song. Pure magic.

  6. Luis Corro

    Since day one i did hear this hitsong by The Beat, i though it was a song penned by Pete Townshend. Its the same situation when George Harrison gave "It Dont Come Easy" to Ringo Starr. Thanks to Youtube one can hear the original George Harrison recording.

  7. Steve Johnson

    What album is this really from? I bought Deep End Live, and the version on that is not as good as this one! Desperately searching for this version!!!!

  8. Mick B.

    Great recording, thank you.

  9. Gary Schmatz

    Betterman / Pearl Jam

  10. Krishna Kumar

    Netflix love

  11. Melanie Nelson

    Who could possibly dislike this cover? It's one of the best.

  12. markw999

    This sounds more like a Pete Townshend song than most Pete Townshend songs.

    Will Ritter

    I'd be honored if some P.T. fans would take a listen to my acoustic piano & vocal performances of SLITSKIRTS and A LITTLE IS ENOUGH on my YT channel in tribute to the master of lyricism & composition. Live acoustic with no autotune or digital editing. Thanks and keep on rocking.

  13. Madiha A

    He took the song and truly made it his own.. 💓

  14. John Cubberley

    'Save it for later' ? 'it' being kiddyporn I presume.

  15. Eugene McGloin

    I love this song, whether it's performed by The Beat or Pete! I've heard a few of Pete's versions of "Save It For Later" but, never this one! What format is this a bonus track on? I've owned both a cassette and CD of White City but neither had this as a bonus track.

  16. J. the Demon Kat

    One of the rare occasions I like a cover as much as the original. This is brilliant. #RIPRoger

  17. Steve Fortney

    One of the many reasons to learn the acoustic guitar. Have a Great day everyone!

  18. beadbop

    This song goes out from my heart to the few people who've bitterly betrayed and wronged me, and to my own physical body, which has slowly broken down over time beyond repair.
    Townshend will live on forever . . .

  19. H B

    Sooner or later you get found out.. save it for later.. why not you just hold me and kiss me now..

  20. Red Coal

    In my mind, ..anyway, Pete owns this song.

  21. Michael Rauch

    wow, I never knew he covered this. Great job

  22. Calum Johnson

    RIP Ranking Roger

  23. One Vast and Ecumenical Holding Company

    Something making me feel some Velvet Underground within this , apart from the DADAAD tuning , that piano. Was Cale involed ?

  24. Alden Taylor

    why is this not on spotify

  25. Louie Neira

    Townsend said he had to call Roger Charlery to get the right tuning for his guitar. Anyone else think White City was an awesome album (and video)?

  26. frere jacques

    Two dozen other dirty lovers
    Must be a sucker for it
    Cry cry but I don't need my mother
    Just hold my hand while I come to a decision on it
    Sooner or later
    Your legs give way, you hit the ground
    Save it for later
    Don't run away and let me down
    Sooner or later
    You hit the deck, you get found out
    Save it for later
    Don't run away and let me down
    You let me down
    Black air and seven seas are rotten through
    But what can you do?
    I don't know how I'm meant to act with all of you lot
    Sometimes you don't try
    Just now now now now now now now now now now now
    Now now now now now now now now now now now
    Sooner or later
    Your legs give way, you hit the ground
    Save it for later
    Don't run away and let me down
    Sooner or later
    You hit the deck, you get found out
    Save it for later
    Don't run away and let me down
    You let me down
    You runaway, runaway and let me down
    Two dozen other stupid reasons
    Why we should suffer for this
    Don't bother trying to explain them
    Just hold my hand while I come to a decision on it
    Sooner or later
    Your legs give way, you hit the ground
    Save it for later
    Don't run away and let me down
    Sooner or later
    You hit the deck, you get found out
    Save it for later
    Don't run away and let me down
    You let me down
    You run away run away
    Runaway runaway runaway, runaway, and let me down

  27. frere jacques

    Stumbled across this... accompaniment is greatness... LOVE the thundering piano. I do miss the Beat's horns.

  28. BeefheartLynch

    This is a stupidly great cover of a great song by a legendary musician. I do love the Beats version. It just has so much going for it, plus the nostalgia factor. But Pete Townshend could cover Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and it would be epic.

  29. Will Ford

    The Kids Aren't Alright.

  30. Brian Glass

    Well done Pete!!
    RIP RANKING ROGER 😢
    You’ll always live in our hearts and minds Rudeboy! ✊

  31. H E

    Pete showing he can take any song and make it even better (although NOTHIN wrong with English Beat's, it's an 80s classic and why Pete covered it, he knows a good song)

  32. Stephen Stone

    Excellent as always. Even more so maybe.

  33. matt lim

    ....u know the time, when a voice u grew up on and recognize as a close trusted companion sings one of ur favorite songs from another well worn travel companion

  34. Melanie Nelson

    I agree - one of the greatest covers EVER!

  35. Free Free

    The meaning of this song is pretty clear in this version. Pete covered this for a reason.

  36. Russell Connolly

    Heard a couple of anecdotes about Pete Townshend talking about songs he loves, only just discovered this cover, in my opinion one of the best songs ever written. He also said that ‘SOS’ by ABBA is a perfect pop song, I couldn’t agree more. Man has taste

  37. Green Sombrero

    my head is just shaking up and odwn back and forth increadible

  38. Adrian metzler-holden

    I love Pete. One of my favourite rockers. I love this song to. He did it so well. The chills are so chill. Thank you Pete Townsend who ever you are 😂

  39. Goon Squad 2.0

    Awesome song!

  40. Alex Tolledi

    The show love brought me here

  41. Melanie Nelson

    Fantastic cover! Holy crap.

  42. Jimmy J. Rustle

    Pete didn't write this song but you can tell how heartfelt this is, he makes it his own.

  43. johnnie1600

    I love Pete Townshend's voice.

  44. John Cronin

    Love this cover

  45. Glen Sherman

    Yes! It is great! Always thought so! Which CD (or vinyl) is the original version of Pete's cover (of Save It For Later) on?

  46. Peter Wesley Bastone

    Remake/Remodel...shared to the Netshows Radio "Program 122" Playlist on youtube

  47. gfoot99

    IMHO this version is better for a slow dance or a lazy evening and the English Beat’s version is for partying like no there’s no tomorrow.

  48. Green Sombrero

    a powerful song

  49. J Kent

    Totally sounds like a Townshend tune. Awesome.

  50. John john

    Years ago Pete had another vid with this song. It was terrific. It's gone. It was faster, happier. But this version kicks ass.
    Not as much as the beats original.
    Gotta stay true to my roots.

    THE ENGLISH BEAT.

  51. Livritutes

    LOVE , I LOVE THIS SONG

  52. dervxerox

    This is great.

  53. Gabby Cattell

    love this pete a great cover to a band you admire very much

  54. Juan Reyes

    Great behind the scenes interview on how Townsend tuned his guitar for this song :)
    https://youtu.be/cTHbUstBHp8

  55. Juan Reyes

    RIP Mr. Roger Charlery aka Ranking Roger*

  56. Green Sombrero

    Incredible rendition of a beautiful song. This is the sign of an original classic. It can be translated in ways never intended - and still ring out in its own way.

  57. Arabela Vaz

    I love this!

  58. Joe B

    Two dozen other dirty lovers
    Must be a sucker for it
    Cry cry but I don't need my mother
    Just hold my hand while I come to a decision on it

    Sooner or later
    Your legs give way, you hit the ground
    Save it for later
    Don't run away and let me down
    Sooner or later
    You hit the deck, you get found out
    Save it for later
    Don't run away and let me down
    You let me down

    Black air and seven seas are rotten through
    But what can you do?
    I don't know how I'm meant to act with all of you lot
    Sometimes you don't try
    Just now now now now now now now now now now now
    Now now now now now now now now now now now

    Sooner or later
    Your legs give way, you hit the ground
    Save it for later
    Don't run away and let me down
    Sooner or later
    You hit the deck, you get found out
    Save it for later
    Don't run away and let me down
    You let me down
    You runaway, runaway and let me down

    Two dozen other stupid reasons
    Why we should suffer for this
    Don't bother trying to explain them
    Just hold my hand while I come to a decision on it

    Sooner or later
    Your legs give way, you hit the ground
    Save it for later
    Don't run away and let me down
    Sooner or later
    You hit the deck, you get found out
    Save it for later
    Don't run away and let me down
    You let me down
    You run away run away
    Runaway runaway runaway, runaway, and let me down

    Joe B

    @Seeing itself good catch my friend. Enjoy the lyrics. :)

  59. deich31

    I...I didn't know this existed.
    My whole life has been a lie.

  60. Ed Parry

    The Beat's best least known song covered beautifully by PT

  61. daoboe

    I want to download this version of his cover but I’m having trouble finding it.

  62. Joe Simon

    The bass is epic on this. I wonder if it's just a piano or something more.

    Angel Diamond Star

    It's definitely awesomeness .....

    Lair of the Mastermind

    Entwhistle mate he's Brilliant

  63. Zane Le' Geire

    Absolutely awful. The Townshend treatment; variations on the theme of Baba O'reilly. Give it up, you old perv.

    Angel Diamond Star

    go fuck yourself, you pervy old goat douche bag. you know nothing about Pete Townshend or music

  64. Alex Carmichael

    Is this on any release?

  65. Brittany Jones

    so so so good man
    timeless
    =)

    Angel Diamond Star

    Love you, Brittany!

  66. Noah Abbatemarco

    What album can I find this cover on?

  67. Александр Азнавур

    Damn why they don’t have this clean version on Apple Music

  68. Louis Greenfield

    im here because of my dad Chris love ya

  69. litrentaart

    Sounds llike the who from baba oriley

  70. Remetski2401

    So beautiful. Crying my eyes out

  71. Groovy Noodle

    Just fucking love it!

  72. Miriam Zanutti

    Loveeeeeeeeee!!!!

  73. john smith

    Hard for anyone to reach as deeply as Pete does with the whole moving song which needs only one part played wrong to make the whole song fail. Credit to Dave and The Beat but this is one cover I find better than the original.

  74. David Austin

    Rock on

  75. alissa mower clough

    To the incels among you: why obsess over your chin, when the eyes are the portals of the soul? In other words, Is Pete a Chad? OK, Roger's the cute one. But, as a woman, wouldn't you rather have someone you liked, rather than someone who liked you?

  76. Cindy Farrell

    Here because of Like Father!

  77. Kevin Gilligan

    Townsend's guitar on this version is superb.

  78. Gerard Kuster

    I wonder if anyone. noticed they stole a line from Lou reed

  79. Eric Grijalva

    Pete townsend is the the who.

  80. firedrex

    Where can u purchase this version of the song? Help.

  81. Dirk Beaulieu

    I heard this song on a movie soundtrack a month ago and thought it was Pete-looked it up and listened to this cover. Wow is all I can say-love his vocals! Only played it 20 times and intend many more- thanks Pete for this wonderful rendition ❤️

  82. Yukeh Mannasseh

    This song just has something on me I can stop when I start listening

  83. Joe Simon

    Such a simple 3 chord song song.

    But the devil is in the details...

  84. Fredrick Delius Jr.

    Jamie Pearson

  85. caudillo1

    I really like the Special's version. But man, this one is really great. Can't touch Pete's gravitas.

    racketman2u

    Specials? Are you sure you don't mean the guys who wrote this song, The Beat?

  86. Life and Gaming

    Love brought me here first, Spider-Man: Homecoming sent me back

  87. Fernando Fernandez

    Beautiful, but overwhelmingly sad for me at this moment. Still, it's going straight to my favorites list.

  88. DanielInfrangible

    . . . He looks like Hans Gruber on the album cover.

  89. Matthew Novonglosky

    Great cover.
    Kudos Pete, kudos.

  90. michael barlow

    where can I actually find and download this song?

  91. MrAgile Warrior

    I'm here because it's Pete Townsend singing an awesome cover of one of the best songs of English Beat - a British ska band. Guess I'm still stuck in the 80's.

  92. James Evans

    Pete Townsend, Peter File.

  93. Chris Czarnik

    Where is this version from? There’s the version from Deep End. Where is this particular version available?

  94. Greg Henry

    AMAZING I love the sone even more now!!!!!!

  95. Herbamonics

    Great rendition of this song..