The song was written by Duran Duran members, Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor, and Nick Rhodes. It was released as their sixth single on 9 August 1982 with “Hold Back the Rain” (Remix) on the B-side. “Save A Prayer” was the third single off their second studio album “Rio”. The song reached number two in the UK, held out of the top spot by Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger”. “Save A Prayer” was not originally released in the U.S., special US single version was released in January 1985 and peaking at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Save a Prayer (Live)” was included on the live album Arena (November 1984).
The music video for “Save A Prayer” video was filmed by Australian film director Russell Mulcahy in Sri Lanka in April 1982. Scenes were filmed atop the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya, among the ruins of a Buddhist temple at Polonnaruwa and the southern coastline.