I'm never gonna say the words
That you want
I'm never gonna feel the shame
Like you do
I'm never gonna stretch my shape
To be with you
I only need you for a day
'Cause I only want to be your

Saturday savior
I can be that
Saturday savior
I will be your
Saturday savior
I can be that impostor in your bed
Wake him up please

I'm never gonna make you feel
That you're satisfied
I'm never gonna feel your pain
Like you wish I would
I'm never gonna open up
More than this
I just want to be your
I just want to be your

I'm never gonna break apart
Quite like you
I'm never gonna long for life
The way you do
I'm never gonna push you out
'Cause you're not in
This will only take a while
'Cause I only want to be your
Saturday savior


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    General CommentIt seems like it's denial. He's denying that he's addicted to drugs, most likely heroin. He's saying that it's not a part of him and he's pushing it away, but really, he's truly addicted.
    ilikeathfon January 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti feel like this is definitely about not wanting a relationship, and he's being a jerk about it. he doesn't need the girl, he doesn't want her any more than for her body (maybe he just plain doesn't want her any more).
    newdisasteron October 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about how we compromise who we are and our needs when it comes to relationships. Certainly in some relationships with lopsided power dynamics a man or a woman completely changes who they are so that they will find admiration from those they admire. It can be so much that someone completely lets everything they care about fall to the wayside for this "relationship" that society teaches us we should value. I think the singer is saying he wont do that for anyone and he's really not available in the way that someone wants him to be. Because face it in serious relationships are maintained with basically, lies. "I'm never gonna stretch my shape, for you" = I'm not going change who I am as a person. "I'm never going to feel the shame" he's not guilty in the way that you want him to be for not changing
    julianhxon June 27, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationWhile I understand this album had a lot to do with drug abuse, and of course we'll never know Failure's true meaning for Saturday Saviour unless they come right out and clarify, but I don't think this song is about addiction. A lot of people seem to jump to the heroin metaphor conclusion if drugs are mentioned as being instrumental in the making of an album or some of the subject material. Granted in certain cases it makes sense, but I don't think that's what this song is about.

    I could be wrong, but to me this screams fuck buddy/friends with benefits from the perspective of an apathetic guy. "I'm never going to say the words that you want" might mean he's never going to say I love you, which would imply this isn't a relationship. This could also mean he's never going to be a nice or caring partner, but I think my former theory makes more sense, as it's backed up by lines like "I only want you for a day" - not generally a sentiment that screams "couple". Also "I'm never gonna push you out, cause you're not in", and of course the song title perpetuates the idea of being momentary and fleeting.

    The perspective sounds cold and indifferent, but also kind of righteous, like "this is who I am, deal with it yourself". He's not issuing an apology. He's never going to make himself available for the person he's talking to, and he seems to be assuring them he only wants them for sex ("the imposter in your bed"). The pieces all seem to point to this being about someone he only wants for a day, or a lay, and that's all he's ever going to want them for.

    The song is pretty sad and depressing, but it's one of my favorites from Failure. Such a great tune.
    akisstosenduson November 18, 2014   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is the personification of a substance and is written from the point of view of that substance. The substance is telling the abuser how it's going to be. The substance just wants to come and be with him on Saturdays. We all know how that works. Just one day a week. But hey, I'm not doing anything on Sunday so... well okay Monday. Then it's every day because... it's just so good.

    The substance will never say words or feel shame like the human abuser. It will never "stretch shape" or go out of it's way. The human will have to seek it out. All it needs is just one day.

    The human will never be satisfied. The substance will never feel pain and will never open up. The substance will never self destruct or break apart like the human. The substance will never long for life because it doesn't live, and will never push you out because you're not in. You will never be satisfied. You will never find that nirvana.
    Hermit33on May 05, 2018   Link
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    General Commentits funny how most failure songs seem like love songs at face value, but usually have a darker, morbid feel to it. except pro-catastrophe. that one's pretty upfront.
    slevletteon January 27, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationMy take: The narrator has decided to do heroin for the first time, and he keeps telling himself that's he's not gonna become addicted. In this song he's addressing a heroin addict, and keeps telling himself how he's "never gonna" end up like the junkie and let the drug take over his life. He believes that the drug will only be something he partakes in when he's got too much time on his hands, a "Saturday Savior".
    jcsonguitaron February 11, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationMy take: The narrator has decided to do heroin for the first time, and he keeps telling himself that's he's not gonna become addicted. In this song he's addressing a heroin addict, and keeps telling himself how he's "never gonna" end up like the junkie and let the drug take over his life. He believes that the drug will only be something he partakes in when he's got too much time on his hands, a "Saturday Savior".
    jcsonguitaron February 11, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI'm not one to make outrageous claims, that every damn song is inevitably about drugs, but if a dirty syringe of smack could talk to it's user, it's words would probably be identical to what Ken is singing. Honestly.

    The whole song, every statement, is one mainly of indifference. The drug is indifferent, it just wants a bit of your time..

    Perhaps the user finds comfort in the drug, obviously a "saturday savior", but it gives little more than a superficial physical high.. It's taking the place of a human relationship, when it cannot provide many of the things that such an arrangement naturally would.. Much like a "friend with benefits"..

    "I'm never gonna make you feel
    That you're satisfied
    I'm never gonna feel your pain
    Like you wish I would
    I'm never gonna open up
    More than this
    I just want to be your
    I just want to be your"

    Pretty self explanatory. Perhaps the whole "imposter in your bed" is just referencing how the drugs transform this person into someone else.. He becomes the drug, personified.

    I'm never gonna break apart
    Quite like you
    I'm never gonna long for life
    The way you do
    I'm never gonna push you out
    'Cause your not in
    This will only take a while
    'Cause I only want to be your
    Saturday saviour

    Another verse of indifference, much like the first two. The drug habit cannot feel for it's victim. The user may break down struggling to live, but the drug itself will continue to thrive.

    Hopefully this actually makes as much sense to the rest of you as it does to me.. It actually fits much better than the whole "friends with benefits" sort of thing.
    Sandmanboyon March 22, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationIts not about drugs
    Its about a prostitute who loves him, think about it

    "I'm never gonna say the words
    That you want"
    -The prostitute wants him to tell her how much he loves her

    "I'm never gonna feel the shame
    Like you do"
    -Obviously prostitutes feel shame cause they are prostitutes, but marrying a prostitute is just as shameful

    "I only need you for a day
    'Cause I only want to be your Saturday Savior"
    -He doesn't want to love her he just wants to fuck her on Saturdays

    "I'm never gonna make you feel
    That you're satisfied"
    -He doesn't want her to feel like she's in love

    "I'm never gonna feel your pain
    Like you wish I would"
    -She wants him to love her to make her feel better about herself

    "I'm never gonna open up
    More than this"
    -He will never be anything more than a fuckbuddy

    "I'm never gonna push you out
    'Cause your not in"
    -He's never gonna have to break up with her because they aren't together
    yodamanon August 02, 2013   Link

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