I Will Follow (3:38)

Cover of The Best of 1980-1990

From The Best of 1980-1990 and 541 other releases

“I Will Follow” is the opening track from U2’s debut album, Boy. It was written by Bono after the tragic death of his mother, who died of a brain hemorrhage at the funeral of her father. The song was released as a single, and has since become a fan favorite live; it is the only song U2 has performed on every tour since they released their first album. It was U2’s first music video. It was directed by Meiert Avis in Dublin, Ireland. Both appeared on the compilation album and video collection The Best of 1980-1990.

“I Will Follow” was written approximately three weeks before U2 entered the studio to record Boy. Bono has said that he wrote the song from his mother’s perspective and was about the unconditional love a mother has for her child.

“I Will Follow” had a second single release as a live version in the Netherlands and Germany in 1981, and a third release in the U.S., lifted from the Under a Blood Red Sky album, in 1983.

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  • maizwei74

    19 Jun 7:29am Reply
  • bloody_nips

    Bono gettin down

    4 Mar 4:04pm Reply
  • Keila_M

    overall pre-Achtung Baby U2 was the best. [2]

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Eman SCSA

    "'You've scrobbled this track 16 times. You first scrobbled it on 2 Jun 2010.' Let's see what my old CD player has to say about that" [3]

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    it's okay i guess

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • WS9167

    post-punk U2 was the best [3] overall pre-Achtung Baby U2 was the best.

    9 Jun 2013 Reply
  • sl8221958

    Boy and October

    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Irlandese64

    First time I heard this, I was hooked. I would stay up for hours waiting for SoCal's KROQ radio to play this song back in 1980. Spent a small fortune on an import copy at Pasadena's Poobah's Records. One of the most brilliant debut albums ever made.

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    first U2 song I ever heard. :)

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Gorilla-

    Ah, so good! Wish U2 could make music this intense again.

    7 Sep 2012 Reply
  • julienx_

    post-punk U2 was the best (2)

    28 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Tiagosector

    The intro is epic!

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • alexispf

    I will follow! I will ...

    19 Oct 2011 Reply
  • silvertree

    Fantastic song when played live !

    17 Oct 2011 Reply
  • alfonzoloya

    In this song sounds like The Cure.

    21 Sep 2011 Reply
  • boo54577

    holy shit, listen to the first 2 seconds of this song

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Dark99

    Always been a favorite.

    7 Aug 2011 Reply
  • u2fan87

    "'You've scrobbled this track 16 times. You first scrobbled it on 2 Jun 2010.' Let's see what my old CD player has to say about that" [2]

    26 Jun 2011 Reply
  • CleanSpoon

    post-punk U2 was the best

    3 May 2011 Reply
  • blogmeridian

    Magic, from the very first time I heard it, when it was brand new. And these words, you can disappear into them: "Your eyes make a circle . . . "

    3 Apr 2011 Reply
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