Follow You Down – Gin Blossoms | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#9) & Mainstream Rock (#6); 1996

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

“Gin Blossoms” – a term associated with blood capillary damage to one’s nose caused by excessive drinking – must have seemed like a pretty cool name to the quintet from Arizona, yet, it took on a more ominous meaning when guitarist/songwriter Doug Hopkins committed suicide on an alcoholic downward spiral. Professionally, Hopkins had been the chief architect of the band’s 1993 breakthrough singles, Hey Jealousy and Found Out About You, from the four-times-platinum album New Miserable Experience. For the second album, Scott Johnson took over on guitar (he’d actually been recruited when the band fired Hopkins after the recording of Experience), however, who was going to fill Hopkins’ songwriting shoes? In answer, Follow You Down, a collaborative composition from all five Blossoms, easily matched the success of the previous tracks. Coupled with Till I Hear It From You, written with help from Marshall Crenshaw, the double-sided hit became the group’s biggest – and last – hit.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • John Hampton
  • Gin Blossoms

Lyrics Written by:

  • Bill Leen
  • Jesse Valenzuela
  • Phillip Rhodes
  • Robin Wilson
  • Scott Johnson