Fontella Bass - RESCUE ME

First performance: 02/12/2002


Coverinfo

Mary's Place includes Fontella Bass's 1965 hit 'Rescue Me' during the Reunion Tour
 
2002-10-07 - HSBC ARENA, BUFFALO, NY 
 
2002-11-24 - ICE PALACE, TAMPA, FL 
 
 
2002-12-04 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA 
 
2002-12-08 - CHARLOTTE COLISEUM, CHARLOTTE, NC
 
2002-12-09 - CAROLINA CENTER, COLUMBIA, SC
 
2002-12-13 - PEPSI ARENA, ALBANY, NY
 
2002-12-16 - VALUE CITY ARENA, COLUMBUS, OH 
 
2003-02-28 - THE ARENA AT GWINNETT CENTER, DULUTH, GA 
 
2003-03-02 - FRANK ERWIN CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN, TX 
 
2003-03-04 - JACKSONVILLE VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, JACKSONVILLE, FL  
 
2003-03-06 - RICHMOND COLISEUM, RICHMOND, VA 
 
2003-03-20 - TELSTRA DOME, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA 
 
2003-03-22 - SYDNEY CRICKET GROUND, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 
 
2003-03-26 - BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA 
 
2003-04-09 - ARCO ARENA, SACRAMENTO, CA
 
2003-04-13 - PENGROWTH SADDLEDOME, CALGARY, AB
 
2003-05-27 - NATIONAL SPORTS STADIUM, CRYSTAL PALACE, LONDON, ENGLAND
 
2003-05-29 - OLD TRAFFORD CRICKET GROUND, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND 
 
 
 
 

Songinfo

"Rescue Me" is a rhythm and blues song first recorded and released as a single by Fontella Bass in 1965. The original versions of the record, and BMI, give the songwriting credit to Raynard Miner and Carl William Smith, although many other sources also credit Bass herself as a co-writer. It would prove the biggest hit of Bass's career
According to writer Robert Pruter in his book Chicago Soul, the song emerged from a songwriting and rehearsal, or "woodshedding", session at Chess Records: " 'Rescue Me' was a terrific example of the Chess studio system at its finest... One Saturday in August 1965, Bass was sitting in a rehearsal studio with producers-writers Carl Smith and Raynard Miner. They were fooling around with the song when arranger Phil Wright walked in, and the ensuing four-way jam session brought forth 'Rescue Me'. [Billy] Davis produced the side..." Bass claimed that, although Smith, Miner and Davis had assured her that her contribution to authorship of the song's lyrics would be acknowledged, this was never done. 
 
 
 

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Lyrics

Rescue me
Take me in your arms
Rescue me
I want your tender charm
'Cause I'm lonely
And I'm blue
I need you
And your love too
Come on and rescue me
Come on, baby, and rescue me
Come on, baby, and rescue me
'Cause I need you by my side
Can't you see that I'm lonely
Rescue me
Come on and take my heart
Take your love and conquer every part
'Cause I'm lonely
And I'm blue
I need you
And your love too
Come on and rescue me
Come on, baby, and rescue me
Come on, baby, and rescue me
'Cause I need you by my side
Can't you see that I'm lonely
Rescue me
Take me in your arms
Rescue me
I want your tender charm
'Cause I'm lonely
And I'm blue
I need you
And your love too
Come on and rescue me (come on baby)
Take me baby (take me baby)
Hold me baby (hold me baby)
Love me baby (love me baby)
Can't you see that I need you baby
Can't you see that I'm lonely
Rescue me
Come on and take my hand
C'mon, baby and be my man
'Cause I love you
'Cause I want you
Can't you see that I'm lonely
Mmm-hmm (mmm-hmm)
Mmm-hmm (mmm-hmm)
Take me baby (take me baby)
Love me baby (love me baby)
Need me baby (need me baby)
Mmm-hmm (mmm-hmm)
Can't you see that I'm lonely
Rescue me
Rescue me
Mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm