Follow You Follow Me By Genesis - Premium Lesson
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This course covers all the guitar parts played by Mike Rutherford and included a section at the end of the lesson looking at how to create the guitar sound that Mike Rutherford used. It was released in February 1978 as the first single from their ninth studio album, …And Then There Were Three… (1978). The music was composed by the band, and the lyrics were written by bassist and guitarist Mike Rutherford.
The song started from a chord sequence by guitarist Mike Rutherford, who also said he wrote the lyrics in about ten minutes. At the time, the band usually wrote songs individually. Keyboardist Tony Banks was quoted:
It was our only truly group-written number. Mike played the riff, then I started playing a chord sequence and melody line on it, which Phil then centralized around. It worked so well as a very simple thing; it was enough as it stood. I’d just written a simple love lyric for “Many Too Many“, and I think Mike was keen to try the same thing. Maybe “Follow You Follow Me” was almost too banal, but I got used to it. I think we find it much easier to write long stories than simple love songs.
Drummer and vocalist Collins described it as “a great rhythm track” but said it “was not intended to be a hit single”.