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"Safe from Harm" is the third single and opening track from Blue Lines, the 1991 debut from Massive Attack, with vocals by Shara Nelson and Robert Del Naja. The bass, guitar, and drums are sampled from the song "Stratus" by Billy Cobham, from his album Spectrum (with guitar by Tommy Bolin). Additional drums are sampled from "Good Old Music" by Funkadelic. Other samples come from Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon", and some of the background vocals are based on Johnny "Guitar" Watson's 1961 song Looking Back.

"Safe from Harm"
Massive Attack - Safe From Harm.jpg
Single by Massive Attack
from the album Blue Lines
Released27 May 1991
FormatCD, 12", Cassette
GenreTrip hop, electronica
LabelVirgin Records
Songwriter(s)Daddy G, Andrew Vowles, Robert Del Naja, Shara Nelson, Billy Cobham
Producer(s)Massive Attack, Jonny Dollar
Massive Attack singles chronology
"Unfinished Sympathy"
"Safe from Harm"
"'Massive Attack EP'"
Shara Nelson singles chronology
"Unfinished Sympathy"
"Safe from Harm"
"Down That Road"
Audio sample
Massive Attack with Shara Nelson - Safe From Harm (7" Version) (1991)

"Safe from Harm" (Perfecto Mix) is featured at the end of the Michael Mann-directed movie The Insider.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Safe from Harm" (radio edit) – 4:28
  2. "Safe from Harm" (12" version) – 6:57
  3. "Safe from Harm" (7" version) – 4:28
  4. "Safe from Harm" (Perfecto Mix) – 8:09
  5. "Safe from Harm" (Just a Dub)(by Steve Smith) – 3:14
  6. "Safe from Harm" (Just a Groove Dub)(by Steve Smith) – 3:18

Charts and salesEdit


  1. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 12 July 2016". Retrieved 12 July 2016.
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  4. ^ 'Massive Attack's UK peak chart positions' Retrieved 9 December 2010
  5. ^ a b 'Massive Attacks's singles in the U.S. music charts' Retrieved 9 December 2010

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