John Denver - Follow Me (Around The World - Live Australia 1977) - YouTube

About the song

John Denver’s Follow Me (Around The World). A folksy gem nestled amongst a treasure trove of classics by the “Sunshine on My Shoulders” singer. Released in 1977, the song arrived at a turning point in Denver’s career. The decade began with him as a rising star, captivating audiences with his wholesome persona and anthems of nature and exploration. But by the late 70s, a shift was brewing. Denver, ever the restless spirit, was yearning for deeper artistic expression.

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Follow Me embodies this artistic evolution. While retaining the folksy charm that endeared him to millions, the song delves into a more personal and introspective space. It’s an invitation, not just to explore the world, but to share that exploration with a loved one.

Denver, throughout his career, was a master of weaving simple melodies with profound lyrics. Follow Me is a prime example. The opening line, “Take my hand and say you’ll follow me,” is a direct and unpretentious plea. It’s an invitation that transcends the literal act of following someone around the world. It’s a yearning for connection, for a partner in life’s grand adventure.

The song’s structure is deceptively simple. Two verses, a chorus, and a bridge, all built around a gentle acoustic guitar melody. But within this simplicity lies a richness of emotion. The verses paint a picture of a restless soul, yearning for something more. Lines like “I’ve tried to find a way that I could make you understand the way I feel about you” hint at a vulnerability rarely seen in Denver’s earlier work.

The chorus, with its infectious “Follow me up and down all the way around,” becomes an anthem for a life shared. It’s a vision of a world explored together, hand-in-hand. Denver’s signature optimistic spirit shines through here, painting a picture of a future filled with adventure and companionship.

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The bridge takes a poignant turn. “You see I’d like to share my life with you,” Denver sings, his voice taking on a more earnest tone. The song transcends mere travel and becomes a declaration of love, a desire for a deeper emotional connection.

Follow Me is more than just a travel song. It’s a testament to the enduring power of human connection. It’s a reminder that the greatest adventures, whether across continents or simply through life’s daily encounters, are best shared with someone you love.

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Lyrics

“Follow Me”

It’s by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done, to be so in love with you and so alone.
Follow me where I go, what I do and who I know, make it part of you to be a part of me.
Follow me up and down, all the way and all around, take my hand and say you’ll follow me.

It’s long been on my mind, you know, it’s been a long, long time.
I’ll try to find the way that I can make you understand
the way I feel about you and just how much I need you
to be there where I can talk to you when there’s no one else around.
Follow me where I go, what I do and who I know, make it part of you to be a part of me.
Follow me up and down, all the way and all around, take my hand and say you’ll follow me.

You see, I’d like to share my life with you and show you things I’ve seen,
places that I’m going to and places where I’ve been.
To have you there beside me and never be alone,
and all the time that you’re with me, then we will be at home.

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Follow me where I go, what I do and who I know, make it part of you to be a part of me.
Follow me up and down, all the way and all around, take my hand and I will follow you.