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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