“Saturday” is the third single by Twenty One Pilots from their 2021 album ‘Scaled & Icy.’ In the song, Tyler Joseph counts down the days through the week, looking forward to the weekend so he can spend time with his loved ones.
Twenty One Pilots announced their sixth studio album ‘Scaled And Icy’ to be released on May 21, 2021. So far, two singles have released prior, namely; “Shy Away” and “Choker.” Announcing the new single, Twenty One Pilots Tweeted “happy tuesday. here is Saturday. see you friday. ψ” hinting at the date of the album release.
Written by Tyler Joseph, the song talks about how they look forward to the weekend after dragging through a week of work and boredom. So, anyone who is stuck in a 9-5 job will be able to relate to this song. There would have been at least one week where you couldn’t have gotten to the weekend faster enough!
Listen to “Saturday” by Twenty One Pilots
“Saturday” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
In the chorus of the song, Tyler Joseph crawls through the days of the week. Mondays are the most-hated of the weekdays in the world. Tyler doesn’t even bother singing about Tuesdays and Thursdays as they are quite useless days when looking forward to the weekend. At least on Wednesday, you feel like you’re through half of the week. On Friday, the moods start shifting. Moods uplift for the weekend. And even Friday nights are known to be stress-relieving days after work.
‘Pain the town’ is an expression used to describe a joyous act of magnitude. The idea is the feeling of being extremely crazy in behavior.
Different themes start unveiling in the first verse of the song. A week full of work might be boring and dull for us. But what if you suffer from some psychological condition? Just getting by might seem like torture. The world experienced a sharp increase in psychological issues among people during the COVID-19 lockdowns during 2020 and moving on to 2021 as well. People were restricted from going outside, meeting their loved ones, work from home arrangements, and some experiencing deaths of their loved ones due to the virus. It has been a horrible experience all throughout the world. But, Tyler Joseph hopes and wishes that you have not lost your footing. We all wish that you are still standing up, stronger than ever!
In the second verse, Tyler sings about being numb to things happening around him (“I can’t feel the waves anymore”.) This could be talking about the effects of conditions such as depression, loneliness, and social anxiety. At some point, these conditions take over your ability to feel.
Tyler equates these lockdowns to being a fish in a bowl. There is very limited space inside small houses and apartment rooms. Sometimes, people were cut away from their families across borders and all air travel was restricted. These situations did impact massively for some people.
Being locked in their houses, people even start neglecting their own hygiene. This is the start of the steps spiraling down to chaos. Personal hygiene is something directly affecting the wellbeing of our minds, too. And personal hygiene is one of the most effective ways to battle the COVID-19 virus.
COVID-19 started in December 2019 and has not seen an end at this time of the year in May 2021. So, we are living in a strange time, and we might never return to the old ways of life. We might transition to a new normal where we wear masks in public and use hand sanitizer all throughout our day-to-day routine. It is at this point, we can talk in exaggeration about the simpler times that were used to be–just two years ago!
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