If I Leave

Album: What Separates Me from You (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the closing track from American Metalcore band A Day to Remember's fourth album, What Separates Me from You. The album was recorded at Wade Studios in Ocala, Florida, from May to July 2010 and produced by Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory and Andrew Wade, who was also behind the boards on Homesick. It peaked at #11 on the US Billboard 200.
  • A Day to Remember singer Jeremy McKinnon explained the song's meaning to Artist Direct: "It's all about different things you got through being on the road. Things don't always work out in your favor. It talks about a relationship ending when you're not really around enough to actually take care of it in person. It's about growing apart as time goes on."
  • McKinnon told Artist Direct that it felt right that this song should conclude the record. He said: "When we started putting the songs together and they actually became full songs, that seemed like a good ending. It's kind of negative, but it's positive. The song is happier-sounding. To me, the whole record was a really dark place, to be honest with you. Even the more poppy songs are darker. 'If I Leave' is one of the songs that isn't at all. It's more of an upbeat, happy song, even though you're talking about serious stuff. To me, it was a breath of fresh air. You're coming out of it which is exactly what the future is going to be."

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