"On Directing" is a song written by Sara Quin. It was one of the last songs written for Sainthood. The drum line for "On Directing" was perfected in studio by Death Cab for Cutie drummer Jason McGerr. It has quickly become a fan favorite, and features powerful vocal harmonies. "On Directing" is one of the most "poppy" songs on the record, but it has not enjoyed the commercial success that was anticipated for it. It was released as a single in early 2010, along with Northshore.