Saturday

Album: Take This To Your Grave (2003)

Songfacts®:

  • "Saturday" is the third and final single from Fall Out Boy's debut studio album. In the song, lead singer Patrick Stump is unprepared for adulthood and admits he's "going nowhere fast" despite the exciting adventures he experiences with his band. Stump wrote the song about his feelings leading up to his high school graduation, thinking he was a failure without a real future.
  • This was one of the band's earliest compositions and inadvertently proved to be a litmus test for potential members. They still hadn't found a solid lineup and were looking to add a second guitarist (in addition to Joe Trohman) before heading out on tour with Spitalfield. One guy they enlisted, Brandon Hamm, quit during rehearsal because he didn't like this song. After a couple more false starts with other guitarists, Stump decided to do the job himself on the tour. "I just borrowed one of Joe's guitars and jumped in the fire," he recalled.
  • Stump nearly kept this song from the rest of the band because he didn't think anyone would like it. When he finally brought it to bandmate Pete Wentz, the two fleshed it out together. It's the first Fall Out Boy song that Wentz, a Chicago metalcore veteran, screams on.
  • In the music video, Stump plays a detective on the trail of a serial killer (Wentz), who leaves behind a Queen of Hearts playing card at the scene of his crimes. As it turns out, Stump and Wentz are the same person, and when the murderer kills the detective at the climax, he's actually killing himself.
  • Take This To Your Grave reunited the band with producer Sean O'Keefe, who also helped them with their demo. (He went on to produce the Plain White T's hit "Hey There Delilah.") O'Keefe had his work cut out for him with Fall Out Boy - especially with Stump and Wentz fighting over each song. Stump only cared about the rhythm of the words and his ability to sing them, while Wentz was focused on the meaning. "They would go through 10 revisions for one song," O'Keefe told Alternative Press in 2013. "I thought I was going to lose my mind with both of them, but then they would find it and it would be fantastic."

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