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"Who Will Save Your Soul" is a song written by Jewel. It was the first song she ever wrote. It was the first song released from her first album, Pieces of You (1995), and became a hit in North America and Australasia, peaking at number seven in Canada, number 11 in the United States, number 14 in New Zealand and number 27 in Australia. It was also moderately successful in the United Kingdom, reaching number 52 on the UK Singles Chart.

"Who Will Save Your Soul"
Who Will Save Your Soul Commercial US cover art.jpg
Standard commercial artwork (U.S. CD single pictured)
Single by Jewel
from the album Pieces of You
B-side"Near You Always" "Pieces of You" "Emily"
ReleasedJune 4, 1996
Recorded1994
GenreFolk rock
Length4:02 (radio version)
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)Jewel Kilcher
Producer(s)Ben Keith
Jewel singles chronology
"Who Will Save Your Soul"
(1996)
"You Were Meant for Me"
(1996)

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Jewel explained her creative process for "Who Will Save Your Soul" in an interview.

"When I was about sixteen years old I took a train from Michigan to San Diego and then into Tijuana and hitchhiked around Mexico. It seemed like everybody else was looking for somebody to save them. I wrote it during that trip, but I had no idea it would ever be on a record."

The original version of "Who Will Save Your Soul" was never released on Pieces Of You: during the process of picking songs, it was decided that it would be re-recorded. The radio version is missing a verse and samples more of a pop/folk sound than the folk acoustic sound the album primarily consists of.

A commercial single of Who Will Save Your Soul was released in the United States in 1996. It became her first hit single, peaking at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Geoff Moore. The video features Jewel singing the song interspersed with the goings-on in a restroom. It is shown in both black-and-white and color, and filmed in the women's restroom at LA City Hall. It was nominated for MTV Video Music Award in Best female video and Best New Artist Video category.

Track listingEdit

US Promo

  1. Radio Version
  2. Interview

US CD Single

  1. "Who Will Save Your Soul" (radio version)
  2. "Near You Always"

European Single

  1. "Who Will Save Your Soul" (radio version)
  2. "Pieces of You"
  3. "Emily"

ChartsEdit

AwardsEdit

Year Award-giving body Award Result
1996 MTV Video Music Awards Best Female Video Nominated
1996 MTV Video Music Awards Best New Artist Nominated
1997 Grammy Awards Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Nominated

ReferencesEdit

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