Follow Me (Uncle Kracker song)

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"Follow Me"
Single by Uncle Kracker
from the album Double Wide
Released February 20, 2001 (2001-02-20)
Recorded 1999 – 2000
Genre Country rock · pop rock
Length 3:35
Label Lava
Writer(s) Matthew Shafer · Michael Bradford
Producer(s) Kid Rock · Michael Bradford
Uncle Kracker singles chronology
"Follow Me"
(2001)
"Yeah, Yeah, Yeah"
(2001)

"Follow Me" is a single by Uncle Kracker, released in 2001.

Meaning[edit]

The song can be interpreted as referencing drugs and/or extramarital sex, with some of its lyrics Since the song's debut these points have been widely disputed amongst Internet users and listeners alike, with mixed views abound. These elements have been affirmed by Uncle Kracker himself, where in a 2007 interview with MTV News[1] where he stated, in reference to the meaning of the song:

"It takes on a couple of different meanings. I've heard some people think that I'm talking about drugs, or some people think I'm talking about cheating. I guess it's kinda both. I would never want to say anything that would get myself in trouble, being married with a couple of kids. That song is like a dirty picture painted with a pretty brush."

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Nick Egan and premiered the week of November 20, 2000. It featured Mark McGrath, lead singer of Sugar Ray. It is a popular belief that Cee Lo Green appears in the video. However, this is false. It is actually the co-writer and co-producer of this track Michael Bradford, who bears a passing resemblance to Green. Michael Bradford was also a member of Kid Rock's band at the time, where he played bass.

Appearance and interpretation[edit]

This song was featured in the movies Coyote Ugly, 3000 Miles to Graceland, The Animal, The Blind Side and the TV series Roswell High. In 2011, the song has been covered by the German rock and roll cover band The Baseballs. The song appeared on their second album, Strings 'N' Stripes. A live version of "Follow Me" can be found on David Allan Coe's 2003 album Live at Billy Bob's Texas.

Chart performance[edit]

The release went to number one on the ARIA Charts in Australia, number five on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart, and is Uncle Kracker's highest charting single release to date.[2] The single also reached number seven on the adult contemporary chart. In the United Kingdom, the song went to position three on the UK Singles Chart in September 2001. Following the release of the album Double Wide on iTunes, the song re-entered the UK singles charts on 26 August 2012, at #64 and peaked at number 44. Kracker uses Auto-Tune in the song. This song is also referenced in "Keep It Comin'" from his second album, No Stranger to Shame. On some stations, like adult contemporary-formatted KVIL in Dallas, the entire second verse is replaced with the first verse sung a second time.

Chart positions[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[41] Platinum 70,000^
Germany (BVMI)[42] Gold 250,000^
Sweden (GLF)[43] Platinum 30,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] Gold 400,000double-dagger

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales/streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  41. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
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  44. ^ "British single certifications – Uncle Kracker – Follow Me". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 18, 2015.  Enter Follow Me in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search

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