Follow Me – Uncle Kracker

uncle-krackerMatthew Shafer, better known by his stage name Uncle Kracker, is an American rock, country, and rap rock musician.

Shafer was raised in Harrison Township, Michigan. In 1987, with his brother Mike Shafer, he visited a nightclub in Clawson, Michigan where a turntables competition was occurring. His older brother was competing against a then-unknown musician, Kid Rock. Shafer then spent a lot of time with Kid Rock, and they became “best friends”. In those times, he was mainly rapping. He is also known to have gone to L’Anse Creuse high school not the same high school, but in the same county as Eminem.. In 1994, Kid Rock asked Shafer to play turntables for his band called Twisted Brown Trucker. Shafer knew nothing of using turntables, because his brother was the experienced DJ, but still he agreed. He only performed at live shows at the time, until he began recording for Rock’s album, Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp; Shafer was a featured vocalist on some of the tracks. He then began working on a solo album, but he continued being the DJ for Kid Rock. Upon the release of Rock’s multi-platinum album, Devil Without a Cause, Shafer decided that it was time to release his first solo album, Double Wide, adopting the stage name Uncle Kracker.

Follow Me

Follow Me” is a single by Uncle Kracker. It was released in 2001 and went to number one on the ARIA Charts in Australia, No.5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and is Uncle Kracker’s highest charting song to date. The single also reached #7 on the adult contemporary chart. In the United Kingdom, the song went to #3 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 #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.

The song makes rather obvious (albeit ambiguous) references to an apparent addiction to drugs, most likely heroin, and extramarital sex, with lyrics such as:

You don’t know how you met me, you don’t know why
You can’t turn around and say good-bye
All you know is when I’m with you I make you free
And swim through your veins like a fish in the sea, I’m singing

Follow me, everything is alright
I’ll be the one to tuck you in at night
And if you want to leave, I can guarantee
You won’t find nobody else like me.

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 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.”

You don’t know how you met me
You don’t know why, you cant turn around and say good-bye
All you know is when im with you I make you free
And swim through your veins like a fish in the sea
I’m singing….

Follow me
Everything is alright
I’ll be the one to tuck you in at night
And if you want to leave
I can guarantee
You won’t find nobody else like me

And I worry ’bout the ring you wear
Cause as long as no one knows
That nobody can care
Your fellin guilty
And I’m well aware
But you don’t look ashamed
And baby I’m not scared
Im singin…

Follow me
Everything is alright
I’ll be the one to tuck you in at night
And if you want to leave
I can guarantee
You won’t find nobody else like me

Won’t give you money
I can’t give you the sky
It better off if you don’t ask why
I’m not the reason that you go stranded
We’ll be alright if you don’t ask me to stay

Follow me
Everything is alright
I’ll be the one to tuck you in at night
And if you want to leave
I can guarantee
You won’t find nobody else like me

You don’t know how you met me
You don’t know why, you cant turn around and say good-bye
All you know is when im with you I make you free
And swim through your veins like a fish in the sea
I’m singing….

Follow me
Everything is alright
I’ll be the one to tuck you in at night
And if you want to leave
I can guarantee
You won’t find nobody else like me

Follow me
Everything is alright
I’ll be the one to tuck you in at night
And if you want to leave
I can guarantee
You won’t find nobody else like me

Follow me
Everything is alright
I’ll be the one to tuck you in at night
And if you want to leave
I can guarantee
You won’t find nobody else like me

  • Audio from the 2001 album, Double Wide:

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About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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