Follow Your Arrow

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"Follow Your Arrow"
Single by Kacey Musgraves
from the album Same Trailer Different Park
ReleasedOctober 21, 2013 (2013-10-21)
FormatMusic download
GenreCountry
Length3:21
LabelMercury Nashville
Writer(s)Brandy Clark
Shane McAnally
Kacey Musgraves
Producer(s)Luke Laird
Shane McAnally
Kacey Musgraves
Kacey Musgraves singles chronology
"Blowin' Smoke"
(2013)
"Follow Your Arrow"
(2013)
"Keep It to Yourself"
(2014)
 
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"Follow Your Arrow"
Single by Kacey Musgraves
from the album Same Trailer Different Park
ReleasedOctober 21, 2013 (2013-10-21)
FormatMusic download
GenreCountry
Length3:21
LabelMercury Nashville
Writer(s)Brandy Clark
Shane McAnally
Kacey Musgraves
Producer(s)Luke Laird
Shane McAnally
Kacey Musgraves
Kacey Musgraves singles chronology
"Blowin' Smoke"
(2013)
"Follow Your Arrow"
(2013)
"Keep It to Yourself"
(2014)

"Follow Your Arrow" is a song recorded by country music singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves. The song is featured on her major label debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. It was released on October 21, 2013 as the album's third single.[1] It was co-written by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves.

Content[edit]

Suggesting that any given choice will elicit criticism from others, the narrator states that one's best course is to remain true to oneself ("follow your arrow").

The song is in the key of F major with a main chord pattern of F-Dm-B-Gm-C and a vocal range of F3-C5. It is in a 4/4 time signature with a moderate tempo.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Honey and Kacey Musgraves and premiered in December 2013.[3]

Live performances[edit]

Musgraves performed the song on November 6 at the 2013 Country Music Association Awards. On January 26, Musgraves performed the song at the 56th annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.[4]

Critical Reception[edit]

Billboard listed "Follow Your Arrow" at number 2 on their list of 20 Best Songs of 2013, saying that "you didn't have to be a hardcore country fan to boogie along to Kacey Musgraves' exuberant call to make lots of noise and kiss lots of boys -- or lots of girls, if that's something you're into."[5] At the 2013 Country Music Awards, they censored the famous line "Roll up a joint" because they deemed it was much too controversial for Prime Time Television.[6] Follow Your Arrow received mixed reviews due to some of the song's controversial lyrics. Some called the country tune "An attack on Christians", while some called it "signs of shifts in country music" due to the song's supposed reference to homosexuality (although the lyric doesn't specify who is supposed to want to kiss members of either sex). [7]

Chart performance[edit]

"Follow Your Arrow" debuted at number 56 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of November 2, 2013.[8] It also debuted at number 28 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of November 23, 2013. It also debuted at number 60 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of February 15, 2014. Also for the week of February 15, 2014, the song jumped from #26 to #10 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, giving Musgraves her first top ten single as a recording artist on that chart. As of June 2014, the song has sold 471,000 digital copies in the U.S.[9]


Chart (2013)Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10]50
Canada Country (Billboard)[11]42
US Billboard Hot 100[12]60
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[13]43
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[14]10

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.musicrow.com/calendars-2/single-releases/
  2. ^ "'Follow Your Arrow' sheet music". MusicNotes.com. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "CMT : Videos : Kacey Musgraves : Follow Your Arrow". Country Music Television. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kacey Musgraves Charms Grammys With "Follow Your Arrow" and Two Wins: She Takes Home Country Album of the Year and Best Country Song Honors". CMT. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ "20 Best Songs of 2013: Critics' Picks". December 18, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Censors Mute Kacey Musgraves During 2013 CMAs Performance of ‘Follow Your Arrow’: Critics' Picks". December 18, 2013. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Kacey Musgraves' 'Follow Your Arrow' latest sign of shifts in country music: Critics' Picks". December 18, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Chart Highlights: Avril Lavigne Tells Husband Chad Kroeger, 'Let Me Go'; Kacey Musgraves' 'Arrow' Lands On Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ Bjorke, Matt (June 19, 2014). "Country Chart News: The Top 30 Digital Singles For June 19, 2014". Roughstock. 
  10. ^ "Kacey Musgraves Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Kacey Musgraves.
  11. ^ "Kacey Musgraves Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada Country for Kacey Musgraves.
  12. ^ "Kacey Musgraves Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Kacey Musgraves.
  13. ^ "Kacey Musgraves Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for Kacey Musgraves.
  14. ^ "Kacey Musgraves Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Kacey Musgraves.