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U2 — I Will Follow
Album: Boy
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Released: 1980
Length: 3:30
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I will follow

I was on the outside when you said
You said you needed me
I was looking at myself
I was blind, I could not see

A boy tries hard to be a man
His mother takes him by his hand
If he stops to think he starts to cry
Oh why

If you walk away, walk away
I walk away, walk away, I will follow

If you walk away, walk away
I walk away, walk away, I will follow

I was on the inside
When they pulled the four walls down
I was looking through the window
I was lost, I am found

walk away, walk away
I walk away, walk away, I will follow
If you walk away, walk away,
I walk away, walk away, I will follow
I will follow

Your eyes make a circle
I see you when I go in there
Your eyes, your eyes

If you walk away, walk away
I walk away, walk away, I will follow

If you walk away, walk away
I walk away, walk away, I will follow

I will follow
I will follow
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Just in case the band and the fans forget what completely recognizable song has begun playing, Bono felt the need to yell, "I Will Follow."
can't believe this is nearly 40 years old
More U2! But nothing after 1991.
Saw U2 in Charlotte last decade.  Bono spent 20 minutes talking about his sunglasses. I turned to my buddy and said, "is he talking about his sunglasses?". He nodded, smiling raptly.
Great song. Forever ruined for me by the ad finitum play play play............play play play.........play play play on FM. 
Good honest tune from another era but get rid of that person playing the beer bottles!
Irish peasant.
Eternal thanks to my co-worker Rob for giving me this album hot off the press.  Played it for days.  What an amazing debut!
Great rockin' tune from the good old days.  Prefer this over recent stuff, imho.
 zepher wrote:
The "bad-ass" attitude that often accompanies the mullet hair style.
"Bono had some major mulletude on this one"

c
 
To be fair, it was a long time ago, when hairstyles like that were "cool".  At least it's before he had those wrap-around sunglasses surgically attached.  Still a cool song.
Who doesn't love some xylophone in a rock song?
Dreary garbage.
loong time since they made music like this, I agree! 
LaurieinTucson wrote:
I wish they still made music like this

 


I wish they still made music like this
 jimtyrrell wrote:
This followed the Yardbirds "Heart Full of Stone"

 
FYI, it's "Heart Full of Soul", and this U2 cut still stands tall 36 years after I first heard it!
This followed the Yardbirds "Heart Full of Stone" which was much much better than this pop star bands song. 5.2
TURN IT UP!
It's preety deceant!!
Some pretty good tunes on the new record with sounds like the 80's.
 ottovonb wrote:
Ferocious! Hell yeah. Afterwards they were often as good but never better than this.

 
Agreed-here's a band with about 30 hits, but their first is THEIR BEST!  And there's other good songs from that 1st album that are mysteriously ignored here at RP.  Can we fix that?
90s-forward U2 traded creativity for stardom.

THIS is great! 
Say what you will... this a band with longevity and a great catalog of tunes.
Ferocious! Hell yeah. Afterwards they were often as good but never better than this.
A young hungry band that were impossible not to notice. Too bad they jumped the shark after Joshua tree. Achtung Baby was a great recovery but they have never been the same since then.
One of the few (may be only) U2 song I'll still listen to. The rest - immediate PSD 
 stunix wrote:
Bono also owns a huge share of facebook, isn't it odd how such a successful capitalist wants the rest of the world to end 3rd world debt.

 
Odd? No. I have no doubt a capitalist has more credibility with other capitalists than some blue-jeaned, stringy-haired crusader. Besides, Third World debt is a major drag on the global economy. In 2010 alone, Third World countries paid US$184 billion in debt service. Think of what that money could be used for if it stayed home!
I only ever liked one or two U2 tracks and was never "in" to the band even when I was young. Bono and Sting and, dare I say it, Bob Geldof only ever got my back up. Can't possibly say why I have such an irrational  response to them.  Maybe my parents didn't like them? Who knows. 
The kid on the album cover is like 40 now.  He pays taxes, has a mortgage, and probably a kid of his own that age whose ass he whoops when he brings home a bad report card.  "I didn't pose for the cover of the world's biggest band's debut album for you to bring home a damn C- in math"
The largest grossing band of all time.  They have made more money than Pink Floyd and Led Zep put together.

If only they were half as good as Pink Floyd or Led Zep.

Bono also owns a huge share of facebook, isn't it odd how such a successful capitalist wants the rest of the world to end 3rd world debt.

a 1, for more than just delayed strums and poor vocals.

1
The "bad-ass" attitude that often accompanies the mullet hair style.
"Bono had some major mulletude on this one"


 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
{#Eek} Soooooooooooooo very overrated.  Bono is well and truly up his own arsehole
 
You talk from your own arsehole. {#Yes} 
 treatment_bound wrote:
for me:  anything from War, Desire, Gloria, Vertigo, When Love Comes Down,

What are the others?


There have been so many that have been played out, it's good to hear and crank the "somewhat rarer ones".

Just picking one from each of the early albums, mine are:


Electric Co.

I Fall Down

40    

Bad



     
 


 Lazarus wrote:

this song ROCKS...  everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing...  love it...
 

 
Way out in front of what all those other churches are offering. Let those who blaspheme against U2 burn in ... somewhere unpleasant. But what do we call a 4 man version of a trinity? i.e. the Adam, the Edge, the Larry and the holy Bono?
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
{#Eek} Soooooooooooooo very overrated.  Bono is well and truly up his own arsehole
 
your opinion of his personality cannot detract from his skill as a vocalist or the band's skill at making excellent songs.
Love this, thanks..
This song is on FIRE...{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}{#Fire}
{#Eek} Soooooooooooooo very overrated.  Bono is well and truly up his own arsehole
 hayduke2 wrote:
I find deep joy remembering the stomping bliss of this song!  woo hoo 

 

Me too.  I remember stopping cold and listening to this with awe the first time I heard it.  It sure sounded better in the fall of 1980 than the Christopher Cross crap ("Ride Like the Wind', anyone?) which was sweeping the nation back then..
mute: - not going there.
This dates back to long before he learned to sing.
I find deep joy remembering the stomping bliss of this song!  woo hoo 
Everyone in my hotel room hates this song, they all want to leave now..
 Cynaera wrote:
And it's still good. We be dancin'.... {#Sunny}
 

miss you so much, Cynaera...

this song ROCKS...  everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing...  love it...
 
 garrettb wrote:
Hard to describe how the whole of Dublin was rooting for them in the early years. We'd never had an internationally successful group before. (Haven't had too many since either)

 
It sounds dated like hell
 SaintPeter wrote:
Sucko-Barfo

 

On behalf of Colorado (and Red Rocks) I apologize.
Hard to describe how the whole of Dublin was rooting for them in the early years. We'd never had an internationally successful group before. (Haven't had too many since either)
 (former member) wrote:


Jeremiah 31:31-34

31 "The time is coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them," declares the LORD. 33 "This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time," declares the LORD. "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the LORD. "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."



 

Take it outside.
 (former member) wrote:


Jeremiah 31:31-34

31 "The time is coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them," declares the LORD. 33 "This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time," declares the LORD. "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the LORD. "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."



 
Amen, brother!
Being 20, first car, tuning up "I will follow" on the cassette player.
Oh, what memories......
silly silly band
 tulfan wrote:
One of the few U2 songs I crank up every time...
 

What are the others?


There have been so many that have been played out, it's good to hear and crank the "somewhat rarer ones".

Just picking one from each of the early albums, mine are:


Electric Co.

I Fall Down

40    

Bad



     
 jnesser wrote:
This is from when U2 was original and not mainstream.  Love their stuff on War and back.  They had some angst and emotion back then, that's what made their music so good.
  The beginnings of U2 revolved around their love of God and their songs reflected this with such intensity and power. Pure and simple.

After the Joshua Tree (well, really the Unforgettable Fire), they became so large and powerful that they actually became larger than themselves and perhaps Gods themselves. From that point to the present, they have lost that pure honesty and humbleness.

Too bad.


 tulfan wrote:
One of the few U2 songs I crank up every time...
 
Ditto
One of the few U2 songs I crank up every time...
Oh, Bill. And you were doing so well; no U2 all day. Now, well you've lost me for a few hours as I try to let my nausea subside. Lousy lyrics, lousy and arrogant band. I just don't understand.

Boy was a real good album.

  
is that a xylophone I hear?

This song is soooo good and energetic it makes us tear our clothes off and dance...
 
Great Drum rolls .. reminds me of Meg White
From back when U2 was straigth forward, simple but full of energy.... I love the old stuff.
Exceptionally good track!
 jnesser wrote:
This is from when U2 was original and not mainstream.  Love their stuff on War and back.  They had some angst and emotion back then, that's what made their music so good.
 


I agree. To me, after War, their passion and angst were replaced with (over) production.


Jeremiah 31:31-34

31 "The time is coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them," declares the LORD. 33 "This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time," declares the LORD. "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the LORD. "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."


The U2 guitar riffs did not evolve much more than this example.

If it aint broke, don't fix
 
 Cynaera wrote:

And it's still good. We be dancin'.... {#Sunny}
 
Miss you so much, Ann...

rest in peace... 
Pure raw energy and great production😜
done with U2.
Agreed! Too bad the song got a sorry, it deserves some airtime here. 

ajlept wrote:
Dang! I missed it. Of course, it's in my music library, but to hear it here would have been cool. I got the Boy LP when it first came out and it still is an inspiration today. I uploaded "Out of Control" to the LRC and it got an immediate "Sorry." Oh well. This is U2 at it's rawest and IMHO, finest.

 


 sirdroseph wrote:


U2 is many things, including talented, but complexity in their music and motive is not one of them. They set out to be the worlds number one band, it is the reason for their existence and they achieved their goal. Now does that mean they are musically interesting or creative? Of course not, being the number one band and being musically creative and interesting is not possible in today's music corporate market.

 

Is this a widely held opinion in the UK?

I love this song btw.
This is from when U2 was original and not mainstream.  Love their stuff on War and back.  They had some angst and emotion back then, that's what made their music so good.
Dang! I missed it. Of course, it's in my music library, but to hear it here would have been cool. I got the Boy LP when it first came out and it still is an inspiration today. I uploaded "Out of Control" to the LRC and it got an immediate "Sorry." Oh well. This is U2 at it's rawest and IMHO, finest.

Ya ya your eyesssssssssssssssssssss!  Still a great song!



Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...


Saw this song live back in the 80's and it was real good, like real, real good.  The slow part in the middle and the back to the jam is made for live performances- crowd goes crazy.  Still sounds great on the air, but please mark the original album songs are from and not the Best Of...?


Everybody in my hotel room be dancing...  love it...
 
Iconic...the first real SALVO from these guys...
 toterola wrote:
In the words of the Maestro (Bob Dylan), "Don't criticize what you can't understand".

BTW, your message board "handle" sounds great. Keep up the good work! {#Wave}
 

U2 is many things, including talented, but complexity in their music and motive is not one of them. They set out to be the worlds number one band, it is the reason for their existence and they achieved their goal. Now does that mean they are musically interesting or creative? Of course not, being the number one band and being musically creative and interesting is not possible in today's music corporate market.

 Cynaera wrote:

And it's still good. We be dancin'.... {#Sunny}
 


This song was on the album Boy, in 1980...  yes, we still be dancing...  love it...

 

 ick wrote:

I know huh?  Too bad it takes so much money to stay out of prison for this form of civil disobedience!

 
(shrug) No taxes, no services. You get what you pay for. In the case of St Bonio's lot, they offshore their taxes so that the country which nurtured and educated them doesn't get a cent. If you think that this is a good thing, fine, but with the Irish economy in the sh1t on account of gambling bankers and corrupt politicians, and now in hock to the IMF, it could do with the millions of Euros a year which U2 should be paying. If they don't cough up, they're freeloading leeches. Which wouldn't matter for a standard megaband, but St Bonio puts himself forward as a modern feckin' saint and is forever telling world leaders (who gain legitimacy from his company) to cough up to developing countries, so you don't have to be a moral philosopher to see the hypocrisy.

 fredriley wrote:

...and tax avoidance.

 
I know huh?  Too bad it takes so much money to stay out of prison for this form of civil disobedience!

Lacks the imagination and verve of their strongest tunes.
 SaintPeter wrote:
Sucko-Barfo
 
Really?? At least a 7 I say!!

 oenyaw wrote:
More from the masters of law suits.
 
...and tax avoidance.

More from the masters of law suits.
Sucko-Barfo
 romeotuma wrote:


I remember so well when this first came out...  it was so fresh and raw and new and awesome...  great stuff...  time sure flies when you're having fun...  sigh...


 
And it's still good. We be dancin'.... {#Sunny}
Sick of it. Sorry folks.{#Yell}{#Yell}{#Yell} WIsh this song would "walk away".
after seeing this video in 1980 I bought the album immediately,

it was raw, positive, and so good to hear in that 'no future' era...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUcbga9ofo4&feature=related
Ah takes me back to watching this bunch of young christian rockers sporting mullets (even Edge had hair then) playng this on the sunday evening God Hour TV slot.  That's the only place they could get air time in those days.

'Rejoice' from the much under-rated October LP is my U2 fave, but 'I Will Follow' comes close second.  Then America embraced the (imho very weak) Under a Blood Red Sky LP, stadium rock became cool again, and the rest is history.  I saw them at Exeter University promoting the War LP jus before they fully got stuck up themselves.  

But I still like some of their later stuff and admire their staying power.
you can chuck all other U2 tunes. this one is the only keeper and its great.
by the way i still contend they ripped the guitar sound from PIL with keith levene.
NO HUM!
Break out the strat and delay pedals! Wha-hooooo!

Awesome track.


I remember so well when this first came out...  it was so fresh and raw and new and awesome...  great stuff...  time sure flies when you're having fun...  sigh...


 Delboy77 wrote:

i tend to agree with you, achtung baby and pop are imho 2 of their best albums by far...brilliant songwriting, new sounds.

 
At last, I feel like I'm not alone in this world. ^_^

 mhodak wrote:
I am probably an exception as far as U2 goes, but I really like their albums from 90s: Achtung baby, Zooropa and Pop. They were not afraid to experiment and explore new sound. I do not much care for their earlier and newer albums.

I find their earlier works (with few exceptions) too alike. Like all written following the same recipe with much imagition added.   

 
i tend to agree with you, achtung baby and pop are imho 2 of their best albums by far...brilliant songwriting, new sounds.

Definitely one of my favourite U2 songs.
The Edge's guitar work in this so cool!

I am probably an exception as far as U2 goes, but I really like their albums from 90s: Achtung baby, Zooropa and Pop. They were not afraid to experiment and explore new sound. I do not much care for their earlier and newer albums.

I find their earlier works (with few exceptions) too alike. Like all written following the same recipe without much imagination added.   


 jjbix wrote:
overplayed here and everywhere else, AM / FM radio, ad naseum.
 
When not listening to Radio Paradise, I suggest you listen to NPR.

{#Dancingbanana}This is the track that turned me onto U2 back in 1980. 96 rock in Atlanta played this a lot!

LOVE IT!!!! {#Dancingbanana}
 jjbix wrote:
overplayed here and everywhere else, AM / FM radio, ad naseum.
 

I'm afraid I must agree.  Generally, I like U2, but this is one that now just gets annoying.
 ubastard wrote:
It's such a shame that RP pander to all the U2 fans out there. U2 masters of self promotion and love. If only they had some ability or talent.
  In the words of the Maestro (Bob Dylan), "Don't criticize what you can't understand".

BTW, your message board "handle" sounds great. Keep up the good work! {#Wave}
It's such a shame that RP pander to all the U2 fans out there. U2 masters of self promotion and love. If only they had some ability or talent.
song's an 8 from me, but I just had to post this again because anyone who names himself Bono Vox (even if he drops the "Vox" part, deserves it.  "Mr. Goodvoice"

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXlPU0TWMds
 
classi-co


Oh, yeah... we be dancing...  love it...


Live version from "under a blood red sky" was a better version - flowed better IMHO - but a top tune all the same
'Boy' is their first album and still their best. I actually saw their first major show at the Paradise in Boston, 1981.
 horstman wrote:

There's no school like old school!

 
So true, especially since most everything after 1987 from them was not so great...

 hobiejoe wrote:
 
Old school U2.
 
There's no school like old school!

 jjbix wrote:
overplayed here and everywhere else, AM / FM radio, ad naseum.
 
are you sure you're living in 2009? must be some sweet old skool radio around San Diego.

 
Old school U2.
overplayed here and everywhere else, AM / FM radio, ad naseum.
 Bridieboo wrote:

I listened right up til The Joshua Tree.  The last recording I really enjoyed was The Unforgettable FireJoshua Tree was good but Rattle & Hum made me heave {#Puke}You just can't beat their first three recordings, though.
 
Have you not hear How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb? Maybe its just me, but reminded me a lot of older stuff, with more polish. {#Bananajam}
The Doors - When The Music's Over {#Arrow} U2 - I Will Follow

This pretty much hits all the greatness that U2 used to have, that made them important.
 rickhoran wrote:


for me, the only U2, after this one (Boy release) I stopped listening.

 
I listened right up til The Joshua Tree.  The last recording I really enjoyed was The Unforgettable FireJoshua Tree was good but Rattle & Hum made me heave {#Puke}You just can't beat their first three recordings, though.
 toterola wrote:
Some people use their fame to get their bare crotch on t.v., and in the papers.
Some use their fame to force world governments and leaders to feed and care for poor people in the emerging world.
I know who I think is the better of these two. And you don't see any chicks going "commando" and doing relief effort any time soon.
 
Er, well except St Bono signally failed in getting governments to do anything meaningful. His and Geldof's 'mission to Gleneagles' a couple of years back brought fine words and promises from the assembled politicians, but all the promises have been quietly shelved and sod-all practical has resulted. Similarly all his schmoozing with Bush, Blair et al - they got lots of kudos and cred from pressing his flesh and being photographed with the living saint, then carried on as normal.

 Bridieboo wrote:
{#Bananajam}VINTAGE U2!!!! {#Bananasplit}
 

for me, the only U2, after this one (Boy release) I stopped listening.

 bronorb wrote:
I still think that U2's Live at Red Rocks concert film is one of the best ever. It caught them right before they became huge. Perfect setting, great music and energy.

 
+1 re: their Red Rocks show / film. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Under_a_Blood_Red_Sky