on July 16, 2017 | Last updated July 16, 2017
Chris CornellFollow My Way
Release Type: User Audio Type: Single-track Reductions: Yes (Auto/CAT) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (2)
While the song lacks the musical heaviness delivered by Kim Thayil or Tom Morello, this gem from Cornell’s 1999 solo album Euphoria Morning highlights the emotional heaviness Cornell brought to any song at his disposal. “Follow My Way” shows Cornell’s massively underrated talent as a lyricist. Several Euphoria Morning tracks are self-effacing pleas for his fans and loved ones to recognize his façade, summed up in “Follow My Way”’s opening line, “Little one, don’t be a fool. I’m a wreck when I look mighty.” Cornell isn’t the “boy bathed in infrared and sunlight” that he knows the listener is looking for, “only pure when I get lost.” But while tracks like “Can’t Change Me,” “When I’m Down,” and “Flutter Girl” warn the listener of the futility and danger of loving him, “Follow My Way” asks the listener to brace for his chaos and love him anyway. The gorgeous and intimate imagery (“In euphoria I’m bruised,” “I’m the pain, fever, and sweet relief in one,” “Warm your hands inside my veins, I might be contagious”) certainly make it easy to fall for him. This is not to say that Cornell’s lyrics carry “Follow My Way” more than his voice. “Follow My Way” shows Cornell at his most emotionally vulnerable. Listen to the strain during the final lyrics, “When all you know is that I don’t know where we are, when all you know is that I don’t know, follow my way.” Cornell has hit higher notes with ease. The finale demonstrates a knack for using the right vocal techniques for the right mood. Cornell knows he is lost. Cornell knows he will only further ruin the listener with his doubts. Yet as he begs for the listener to follow his way anyway, Cornell solidifies “Follow My Way”’s place amongst the most heart-wrenching songs of his discography.