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Beatles: I'll Follow the Sun Meaning

Song Released: 1964

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One day you'll look to see I've gone.
For tomorrow may rain, so I'll follow the sun.
Some day you'll know I was the one.
But tomorrow may rain, so I'll follow the sun.
And now the time has come
And so my love I must go.
And though I lose a...


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    Jan 12th, 2016 1:52pm report

    I've always taken it as he has trouble dealing with any bumps in the road so even if the journey is worthy, he's still looking for that gray cloud as an excuse to move on. He's afraid of commitment and even tells her it's for the best because that's who he is and she deserves better.


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    Nov 1st, 2011 11:17pm report

    It's about a love that is so absolute it transcends all - mistakes, misunderstandings, lost opportunity...life. As he leaves this life (metaphorically or physically) he still speaks with abject love and tenderness: "And so my love I must go." But this love is everlasting; the door is open.


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    Jul 19th, 2011 7:23am report

    I don't believe the intention of the song is to focus on the end of a relationship. I feel that the idea of a relationship is only an example of the true statement the song is trying to make. I feel that overall, the song says be with the people, and do the things that make you happy (follow the sun) and leave behind those things that bring you down (the rain).


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    Oct 21st, 2009 10:24pm report

    I have listened to this track endlessly......like most Beatles tunes. As with all songs...the meaning is as different as the listener, which is how a truly great song should be. For me, this song has a much deeper meaning that is about a person who is dying and talking about how his true worth won't be recognized until he is gone. The rain is the illness, and as a result, the person will end his remaining days having fun.


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    Feb 5th, 2009 2:05am report

    I, too, think that this song is about the end of a relationship by a pro-active lover. The woman the speaker loves is unaware of what is happening in his mind. The lines, "one day you'll look," contain the idea that this person to whom the artist speaks is at this time unaware of his intent to leave. It is not clear if the speaker of these lines will have been gone a long time before his departure is even noticed or if he is trying to gather the courage to leave. It could be akin to the Eagles' "Already Gone." When the speaker says "You'll see I was the one" it could mean that he thinks he was the right partner for this woman and she did not appreciate him. He feels undervalued and is unhappy and wants to end this cruel sentence. He gave his heart to a woman who did not want to marry him. He is afraid that she will be the one to end the relationship so he is considering ending it first.


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    Jan 29th, 2009 1:37pm report

    It seems to me to be about leaving the sorrow of the state of life you are in now and moving on to a better life either elsewhere or just reliving your life in a better way.


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    Dec 15th, 2006 12:27pm report

    It's about a breakup. After the breakup, he's questioning what went wrong and telling himself that she'll be sorry, but that he's not going to think about it any longer as he might become sad, so he'll just think happy thoughts (follow the sun).

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