I thought I saw you yesterday
But I didn't stop, 'cause you was walkin' the opposite way
I guess I could've shouted out your name
But even if it was you, I don't know what I would say
We could sit and reminisce about the old school
Maybe share a cigarette, because we both fools
Chop it up and compare perspectives
Life, love, stress and set-backs, yes
So you could tell me how hard you had it
And you could show me all the scars to back it
And we could analyze each complaint
Break it down and explain these mistakes I make
I like to tangle up the strings of the puppetry
But you knew me back when I was a younger me
You seen Sean in all types of light
And I've been meanin' to ask you if I'm doin' alright

[Chorus x2]
Yesterday
Was that you? Looked just like you
Strange thangs my imagination might do
Take a breath, reflect on what we been through
Or am I just goin' crazy 'cause I miss you?

[V2]
I'm shook, I know, I pushed when I should've pulled
Took it all back if I could, I put that on my soul
And I would make a top-notch good listener
If you could block-off a little time out to give it here
Since we went our separate paths
I've hit a couple snags that remind me of the past
I can't front, I'm havin' a blast
But damned if I ain't afraid of how long it's gonna last
Sittin' here wishin' we could kick it
Give me your opinions, I do miss the criticisms
I didn't mean to be distant, make a visit
I'll wait up and keep the coffee brewin' in the kitchen
But who am I jokin' with?
There's no way that you and I will ever get to re-open it
It doesn't matter, this is more than love
And maybe if I'm lucky, get to see you out the corner of

[Chorus x2]
Yesterday
Was that you? Looked just like you
Strange thangs my imagination might do
Take a breath, reflect on what we been through
Or am I just goin' crazy 'cause I miss you?

[V3]
And when you left, I didn't see it comin'
I guess I slept, it ain't like you was runnin'
You crept out the front door slow
And I was so self-absorbed I didn't even know
And by the time I looked up it was booked up
Put it all behind you, the bad and the good stuff
A whole house full of dreams and steps
I think you'd be impressed with the pieces I kept
You disappeared but the history is still here
It's why I try not to cry over spilt beer
I can't even get mad that you're gone
Leavin' me was probably the best thing you ever taught me
I'm sorry, it's official
I was a fist-full, I didn't keep it simple
Chip on the shoulder, anger in my veins
Had so much hatred, now it brings me shame
Never thought about the world without you
And I promise that I'll never say another bad word about you
I thought I saw you yesterday
But I knew it wasn't you, 'cause you passed away, dad

Looked just like you
Strange thangs my imagination might do
Take a breath, reflect on what we been through
Or am I just goin' crazy 'cause I miss you?


Lyrics submitted by 360degrees, edited by shejustright

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  • +4
    General CommentM favorite song off the new album. The piano is soothing as can be. I wasn't really paying attention the first time I heard it and I kinda stopped what I was doing when he said "but you passed away...Dad."
    360degreeson April 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEasily my favorite song on the album. I have absolutely no connection to my father, and Slug still managed to let me feel what he felt with his lyrics. Granted, I highly doubt I felt EVERYTHING he felt, but I was shocked at how much the song effected me. I love the piano in it as well. Amazing song.
    anthonyfreakingrockon April 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the best part of this song is the fact that all of us listned to it the first time and thought all right this is pretty solid, then all of a sudden when it came to the Dad part at the end we all were like wait what! holy crap

    thats why Atmosphere is so fricking good, Slug can just mind ninja you like that with his lyrics.
    one of the best on the new album.
    ROBOFROon April 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song broke my heart. i was sitting in a public place, listening to this on my ipod and casually nodding along when the last bit of the song hit me -- and i was suddenly crying. RIP dad.
    catsinheaton July 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti cant listen to this song. it hits me pretty hard. my eyes sweat.
    i also had a not so good relationship with my father and recently lost him. so i feel what he is saying.
    charlie2on August 31, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of my best friends asked me to listen to this song, and i figured it would be a song i knew like something we would have called "our song", since he's away at college. but when the dad part came into play, it changed everything. my dad died 2 years ago today.
    kaatiieeeon September 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgoddamn this song kills me everytime I hear it. When I listened to this for the first time, I really dug the track and kept thinking "oh yeah, this is obviously another track about an ex, but it's actually kinda nice - it's good to hear a song from Slug about an ex that's a little more positive" then he mentions his Dad and BAM, the feeling was like a bat to the chest
    SgtReznoron January 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfirst time i heard this i thought it was about an ex just like everyone else. when i hit that last line i cried. my dad died in a motorcycle accident less than a year ago. we weren't on speaking terms when he passed...

    still makes me tear up every time
    tdecaston June 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmy dad died in March, & this song is a perfect portrayal of my relationship with my father.
    i appreciate & love this song more than any other song i've ever heard.
    there's nothing like being able to relate to music so well that it brings you to tears.
    alexxchristineon October 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI lost my father last June and this song really, really hits home. I can't believe how much this song perfectly describes my thoughts and feelings. Great song and lyrics
    dash1126on January 27, 2011   Link

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