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Shinedown: I'll Follow You Meaning

Tagged: Love [suggest]

Song Released: 2012

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I'll Follow You Lyrics

If I could find assurance to leave you behind
I know my better half would fade
And all my doubt is a staircase for you
Opened out of this space
The first step is the one you believe in
The second one might be profound.



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    Mar 10th, 2013 3:13am report

    Bret gave us the meaning of this song at a concert last September. He said it was meant for your love, your family, or your friends. The battles you face together are nothing compared to your feelings for one other. You'll always be there for them as they will for you.


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    May 22nd, 2013 5:19pm report

    It's an AMAZING love song :-) Basically I believe he is saying that he can't leave the girl he loves behind, and he knows if he had the assurance, he would still not be the best of himself. (his better half would fade), then he goes on to say that he will always keep her warm, and he will be there every step of the way even if they go all the way down. He always states "you can have all the money and the pearls", he really doesn't want ANYTHING else but this girl he loves :)


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    Dec 16th, 2013 12:27pm report

    It's all about a couple embarking on a new journey together. The couple is sure that they want to spend their lives together (mariage being the first step for exemple), but their "new" life (kids, house, etc) is a harder step to take. The unknown can be scary. But not matter what, they are jumping in together (the storm= anything, space= unknown) no matter how hard it can get (falling from grace).

    The song also describes a need for one another. When one is in doubt or lost, the other finds the way (staircase out of this maze). When one is cold (sad, frightened, stressed), the other will confort (keep warm). Sometimes things get hard, and a couple needs their space (leave you behind = make decisions on my own, think of one as an individual and not a couple) but they aknowledge that they complete each orher (better half). There are things in life that the couple "wants" (money, big house, etc) but one thing they "need" is each other. Together, they can work for the rest.

    Love it!! It is my wedding song :)


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    Nov 6th, 2019 11:21am report

    The song is about a rare, incredible, once in a lifetime love. The foundation of the relationship is completely, unguardedly believing in each other. In doing so will then have profound impact on life. The love and commitment described in the song is so great that there is nothing in the world that has more worth. And there is no where in this world that they wouldn't follow that love to!


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    Aug 31st, 2019 8:46am report

    This song hits Home with the loss of my "fake fiance'"
    (long story)
    ...he was my best friend and my Lover and had my back until he lost His fight with cancer in February...
    I honestly should have married Mikey...even though I was by His side spiritually..he left here alone.
    But He knew I would follow Him wherever..as long as we shared the adventure


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    Jan 11th, 2018 1:27am report

    I agree with most people that it's a song about undying love and devotion to someone you love. For me, it's about my 20 year old son who committed suicide six months ago. In his depression, I would have followed him down just to make sure he knew how much I loved him and he'd never be alone. He was a momma's boy and I still struggle when I hear this song.


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    Jan 15th, 2015 1:56pm report

    This is not a song about faith or God. It's about two people who love each other and the devotion they have for each other. Interpret it as you will but at the end of the day it's a love song more specifically it's about Brent's undying love and devotion to the women he loves:

    Lead vocalist Brent Smith sings on this song about an endless devotion to his girlfriend Teresa Collier over strings and piano. Drummer Barry Kerch commented to Alternative Addiction: "Really it's a love song pure and simple. I'll do whatever it takes; I'll follow you anywhere and everywhere."


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    Nov 25th, 2014 11:39pm report

    you are going to fall yet there is someone to help you up.
    you will cry your best friend will always be there for you
    you will loose someone special another person will try to love you for you
    you will be hated someone out there will see the beauty in you
    you will feel like a hopeless person hope will be waiting


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    Jan 25th, 2014 1:15pm report

    I can absolutely see it when it comes to the relationships in our lives. Especially those that are very dear be it family friends or lovers. I very recently lost one of my very dearest friends due to an intentional drug overdose. To my knowledge he had been clean for 6 years and we did not stop speaking because WE wanted to but because it what I believed to be best for him in trying to mend his marriage. At any rate, I'm still struggling with this and this song May be too late for me and my Mike but its every single thought and feeling I think and still feel for him. Test in peace my brother. I will always love you!


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    Dec 16th, 2013 12:34pm report

    Ooops, pls dont mind the mistakes on the last post (marriage, example, comfort, other...)


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    Nov 21st, 2013 11:02am report

    Its not a love song. Its a rememberance song. In his video he looked and dressed like Freddie mercury which had a lot of bad publicity for being gay. This song came out after he passed. They could b good friends or brent could b a fan of his.

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    Jul 27th, 2013 7:45am report

    This song about the one person We will go through our live with. The will never judge you for who you are. They will just love you for who you are.


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    Jun 27th, 2013 6:19am report

    The song is definitely about faith! Love between a man and a woman can only be perfected thru GOD. It maps the guidance between a man and woman and his transition from worldly love to spiritual love only found in the kingdom of heaven.

    "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."

    Listening to this takes you into a spiritual awareness of LOVE...interpreted different by each individual heart.


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    Jun 26th, 2013 6:32am report

    I never heard this until me and my boyfriend and I were 1300 miles apart. He sent me a text and said this song is to me. I believe it means that no matter what choices you make right or wrong or out of impulse, that there's that one person you don't want to face those choices without. I think you can interrupt it in many ways, however to me it means he loves me and doesn't want to lose me and is willing to make whatever sacrifices he has to be with me and vice versa. Its about true love and no matter what life faces you with you want the one person to be there with you because they make you complete. We haven't had the easiest relationship but we are together now and happy. Apart we felt like something was missing. We are each others better half and I love this song.


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    Jun 25th, 2013 6:22am report

    I believe this is a very spiritual song.I'm so in love with it. I cry everytime it comes on. Its about loving someone so much unconditionally no matter what you will stay by their side and follow them anywhere. Even when they pass they will still be there to keep you warm.. they climb the staircase to you. Meaning they will meet in heaven someday. What a beautiful song. Anyone can interpet whatever they want in any lyrics.


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    Jun 21st, 2013 6:57am report

    I think the song is about true love. The guy in the song will go through whatever he has to as long as his woman is there by his side. He would truly be lost without her. That is true love right there.


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    May 13th, 2013 5:08pm report

    I believe its about being there for someone you love even though they might be be on the wrong path and might bring you down with them.


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    Feb 6th, 2013 2:03am report

    Bret is a Christian.
    The man in the song is too but his faith is weak. He doesnt have 100% assurance of God--that doubt builds a staircase to his unbelieving girlfriend.
    He is basically telling her he will choose her over God if thats what it takes and even though he could be in hell(in the deep)he would still be with her. He wants her to walk up the staircase but will not leave her behind.

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