Don't Follow

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"Don't Follow"
Song by Alice in Chains
from the album Jar of Flies
Released 1994
Length 4:22
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Jerry Cantrell
Producer(s) Alice in Chains, Toby Wright
Jar of Flies track listing
"Whale & Wasp"
"Don't Follow"
"Swing on This"

"Don't Follow" is a song by American rock band Alice in Chains; it is the third single on the studio EP Jar of Flies released on January 25, 1994 through Columbia Records.


The song is known to be very melancholic and soft; this is largely due to the lack of electrically amplified instruments—replaced by the gentle wail of a harmonica, and especially the lack of a rhythm section during the first half of the song. Lead guitarist Jerry Cantrell sings during most of the song except the bridge, which vocalist Layne Staley sings.[1]

Release and reception[edit]

"Don't Follow" was released as a single in 1994 and peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Ned Raggett of Allmusic called the song "one of the best" by Alice in Chains, referred to Cantrell's vocals on the song as "some of his best work ever," and said that the song "finds the band at its most calm, reflective, and gently warming."[2]


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
US Mainstream Rock Tracks[3] 7


  1. ^ "Dusting ‘Em Off: Alice in Chains – Jar of Flies". Consequence of Sound. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Don't Follow". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  3. ^ "Artist Chart History – Alice in Chains". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 

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