"Follow You Down" as written by and William/rhodes Leen....
Did you see the sky?
I think it means that we've been lost
Maybe one last time is all we need
I can't really help it
If my tongue's all tied in knots
Jumping off a bridge is just the farthest
That I've ever been

Anywhere you go, I'll follow you down
Anyplace but those I know by heart
Anywhere you go, I'll follow you down
I'll follow you down, but not that far

I know we're headed somewhere
I can see how far we've come
But still I can't remember anything
Let's not do the wrong thing
And I'll swear it might be fun
It's a long way down
When all the knots we've tied have come undone

Anywhere you go, I'll follow you down
Anyplace but those I know by heart
Anywhere you go, I'll follow you down
I'll follow you down, but not that far

How you gonna ever find your place
Running in an artificial pace
Are they gonna find us lying face down in the sand
So what the hell now we've already been forever damned

Anywhere you go, I'll follow you down
Anyplace but those I know by heart
Anywhere you go, I'll follow you down
I'll follow you down, but not that far


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"Follow You Down" as written by Jesse M. Valenzuela D. Scott Johnson

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  • +2
    General Commentno, robin is the lead singer and he sang this song. to me, "follow you down" has always been about this guy who wants to get back together with his ex, a girl he still loves passionately. he believes that "one less time" was all they needed, and that maybe if they don't "do the wrong thing" then things could work out. he has a feeling that it probably won't work out, but he's willing to follow her down, "but not that far". he still doesn't want to be as devastatingly hurt as he was before. its a great song!

    FAVORITE PART: "let's not do the wrong thing, and i swear it might be fun. its a long way down when all the knots we've tied have come undone.."
    starlightfadingon July 22, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song teaches u how to be cautious when u are in a relationship. Cus most go way out of hand & end up hurting the pepople involved in it. It kind of gave me a warning. But me being a suker, i gues i'll always follow my girl down anywhere.
    Chesteron January 26, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenthere's a nice upbeat song about co-dependency. follow you down presents a situation where a guy just got out of a terrible relationship, yet is willing to get back together with the same girl. he says that he's willing to do almost anything to be with her again, and it appears that he believe that it couldn't be any worse the second time around. however, it is also clear that he has a breaking point and that there are certain moments from their relationship that he does not want to relive.
    GinBlossomson January 15, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLovely song,I agree with most of you. Its abou a guy who loses his girlfriend,and declares that he would follow her anyways,except the road of failure again.
    InsaneJediGirlon July 28, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song was written in Robins words " About someone you care about but you know there bad for you" thats that
    spdrpigon December 11, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentisn't this song about bungee jumping?

    or to be fair, isn't the song about bungee jumping imagery as a metaphor to convey a deeper meaning?

    i think this song came out around the time bungee jumping started growing in popularity.

    "Did you see the sky [if not then]
    I think it means that we've been lost" if you haven't seen the sky, it means we've lost our connection to nature, being holed up indoors, working/studying/running the rat race/whatnot.

    "Maybe one less time is all we need" we need one less time staying indoors-let's go out and enjoy nature under the sky.

    "I can't really help it if my tongue's all tied in knots" i've been indoors running the rat race for so long i can't help it if i can't talk straight.

    "Jumping off a bridge, it's just the farthest that I've ever been" the coolest, most daring thing i've ever done is bungee jumping (& u should try it with me!)

    "Anywhere you go, I'll follow you down"-anywhere you go to bungee-jump, i'll come too.

    "Anyplace but those I know by heart" I'll follow you in doing anything except for the boring, repetitive stuff that I've done so many times its like I've memorized it. i.e., let's go do something different, like bungee jumping!

    "...but not that far" but not farther (deeper) than ground-level (or sea-level) b/c that would hurt!

    "I know we're headed somewhere," as we bungee-jump, we're inevitably heading downward.

    "I can see how far we've come" I can see how far we've bungee-jumped just by looking.

    "Let's not do the wrong thing and I'll swear it might be fun" lets follow all safety precautions....

    "It's a long way down when all the knots we've tied have come undone" if we're not safe and the bungee cord comes loose, it'll be a dangerous, potentially fatal fall.

    "How you gonna ever find your place/Running in an artificial pace" how you gonna ever feel good living at a pace artificially set by society (unless you go bungee jumping with me?)

    "Are they gonna find us lying face down in the sand" are we going to be found dead at the bottom of the cliff due to a failed/fatal bungee jump?

    "So what the hell now, we've already been forever damned" who cares, we're going to die someday (and probably face damnation) anyway, so let's just do it!

    --Mike
    mliem411on November 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always took it as meaning

    "Anyplace but those I know by heart
    I'll follow you down but not that far..."

    Means that he's willing to go with someone through the bad moments, but not if they're going back to the worst moments that he's had. He's not willing to revisit his darkest part of his past.
    magicmanx9on November 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this is about Doug, their loss of a friend, and the loss of their creative force:

    "Did you see the sky, I think it means that we've been lost"

    Doug dies (think Angels --> sky) and they are all (the whole band) lost.

    "Maybe one less time is all we need, I can't really help it if my tongue's all tied in knots"

    And struggling to recreate what Doug had on NME. No lead songwriter, "Tongue all tied in knots".

    "Jumping off a bridge, it's just the farthest that I've ever been"

    Refering to suicide and the craziest the survivors have ever been.



    "I know we're headed somewhere, I can see how far we've come"

    The band came so far with Doug, but they don't know where they're going. But they recognize how far they've come.

    "Let's not do the wrong thing and I'll swear it might be fun"

    They have to keep doing the same "right" things to maintain their popularity and keep the lifestyle Doug helped them achieve.

    "It's a long way down when all the knots we've tied have come undone"

    You building something very fragile -- think of tying sheets together. But then the knots come undone when you're very high (very successful) and you see just how far you have to fall.

    "How you gonna ever find your place
    Running in an artificial pace
    Are they gonna find us lying face down in the sand"

    Now fans, etc. want more of NME. But that's a different place than Jesse & Robin and the remainders. But they have to stay in the "artificial place" being someone they aren't. And the result may be a huge collapse and being found face down in the sand.

    "So what the hell now, we've already been forever damned
    Anywhere you go I'll follow you down..."

    And already some critics and fans were saying the band was doomed with Doug's death, the "forever damned" by those with those allegations. So by ending with "Anywhere you go I'll follow you down" (but without the "but not that far", they're saying that Doug killed himself and the band was following his path to death.
    connor35on October 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's a simple song about a guy telling his love that he'll go anywhere with her as long it's somewhere new, not the roads he's already been down.
    JohnnyBevaquaon March 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA simple, catchy song about not wanting to take wrong turns, perhaps? Of being tired of taking wrong turns.
    xmakesherflyxon August 16, 2010   Link

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