Behind the songs: U2 - I Will Follow

One of U2's most well-known songs is "I Will Follow." The song was released as the band's debut single in 1980, and it quickly became a hit in Ireland and the United Kingdom. The song's lyrics are about the importance of following one's dreams and not giving up, even in the face of adversity.

The band wrote "I Will Follow" during their early days in Dublin, when they were still trying to find their sound and gain a following. The song's driving guitar riff, powerful drums, and Bono's passionate vocals helped establish U2 as a force to be reckoned with in the rock music world.

"I Will Follow" also served as a showcase for The Edge's innovative guitar playing, which would become one of the band's defining characteristics. His use of delay and other effects helped create a unique sound that set U2 apart from other bands at the time.

The song's message of perseverance and determination resonated with audiences and helped the band gain a loyal fanbase. It was included in the band's debut album "Boy" which was released in 1980. The song was a live staple for the band throughout the 80s, and it was also included on the band's live album "Under a Blood Red Sky" which was released in 1983.

In recent years, the band has continued to perform "I Will Follow" in their live shows, and it remains a fan favorite. The song's powerful message and enduring popularity serve as a testament to the enduring appeal of U2's music.

Overall, U2's "I Will Follow" is a classic rock song that helped establish the band as one of the most important and influential bands in the world. With its powerful lyrics and driving guitar riff, the song continues to inspire and resonate with fans of all ages.
Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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