Like a Saturday night I'll be gone
Like a Saturday night I'll be gone before you knew I that was there

So you wrote it down, I'm supposed to care
Even though it's never there
Sorry if I'm not prepared
Is it hard to see the things you substitute
For me and all my thoughts of you
It's eating me alive to leave you

Maybe it's childish and maybe it's wrong
But so is your blank stare in lieu of this song
Maybe it's childish and maybe it's wrong

Don't want to be, don't want to be wrong
You're leaving me, you're leaving me in lieu of this song
Don't want to be, don't want to be wrong
You're leaving me, you're leaving me in lieu of this song

I'm breathing in your skin tonight
Quiet is my loudest cry
Wouldn't want to wake the eyes that make me melt inside
And if it's healthier to leave you be
May a sickness come and set me free
Kill me while I still believe that you were meant for me

I'm finding my own words, my own little stage
My own epic drama, my own scripted page
I'll send you the rough draft, I'll seal it with tears
Maybe you'll read it and I'll reappear
From the start it was shaky and the characters rash
A nice setting for heartache where emotions come last
All I have deep inside, to overcome this desire
Are friendly intentions and fairweather smiles

And I don't want to be, don't want to be wrong
You're leaving me, you're leaving me in lieu of this song
Don't want to be, don't want to be wrong
You're leaving me, you're leaving me in lieu of this song

Like Saturday night I'll be gone
Like Saturday night I'll be gone
Like Saturday night I'll be gone
Like Saturday night I'll be gone before you knew I that was there


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  • +2
    General CommentBest. Song. Ever. Especially this part:
    "I'm finding my own words, my own little stage
    My own epic drama, my own scripted page
    I'll send you the rough draft, I'll seal it with tears
    Maybe you'll read it and I'll reappear
    From the start it was shaky and the characters rash
    A nice setting for heartache where emotions come last
    All I have deep inside, to overcome this desire
    Are friendly intentions and fairweather smiles"
    StarWarsChickon March 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song makes me tear, i just lost my first love. When i think of this song, it makes me think of what i would do just for one minutes to make things right, Her just being take out of my life drives me crazy, and thats all i need, just that one minute...
    YCFTWon November 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"quiet is my loudest cry"
    "wouldn't want to wake the eyes"
    "that make me melt inside"

    "and if its healthier to leave you be"
    "may a sickness come and set me free"
    "kill me while i still believe"
    "that you were meant for me"

    wow just wow, totally relatable

    "finding my own words, my own little stage"
    "my own epic drama, my own scripted page"
    "ill send you the rough draft, i'll seal it with tears"
    "maybe you'll read it and i'll reapear"

    such an amazing song with incrediable lyrics.
    munz6691on January 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think when he says "you're leaving me in lieu of this song" he means that she's leaving him instead of telling him that she has a problem, instead of trying to work things out. Because the song is called "Rough Draft" && it's about how he writes her a "rough draft" of how he feels, hoping she'l read it and try to fix things and he'll "reappear". But she's leaving him without making any effort like that.
    It makes sense when he says "so is your blank stare in lieu of this song", like instead of telling him how she feels, she's just giving him blank stares.
    Iluvzmekittyon December 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. Yellowcard rocks!
    stupidkidon March 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwsome song. The guitar and voice carries a certain relationship that I've never really heard before although I can't really explain it. The lyrics rock and the whole thing just kicks ass.
    emo_foolon March 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch great lyrics. played well with the guitar. everything just came together good for this song. has to be one of my favorite Yellowcard songs.
    AlwaysLaston April 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDude, so far there is no person that has EVER hated this band. Everything is awesome, vocals, guitars, VIOLIN (including the player, he's tight, he does flips on stage), and sweeeeeet lyrics. I mean they're so great. My favorite part is the part...

    I'm breathing in your skin tonight
    quiet is my loudest cry
    wouldn't want to wake the eyes that make me melt inside
    and if its healthier to leave you be
    may a sickness come and set me free
    kill me while i still believe that you were meant for me

    That's so beautiful, i really really wish i could sing/write like this guy does, man i envy him ;)
    ShortManon April 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song touches me alot, I'm currently enduring a very tough breakup right now and all I can say is they sing what my heart has been telling me. These guys put words to feelings so well. I love them
    EvilTCellon April 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the best songs i've ever heard in my life. The lyric's are so good and so true. I can relate to this song so well. Yellowcard did a great job withthis song.
    hurley-999on May 01, 2002   Link

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