This song is an attempt to contrast the experience of Irish-American immigrants with African Americans. It's a lesser-known track from the group's third album, War, which was their American breakthrough. U2 never played it in concert.
Fellow Irishman Bill Whelan is credited as producer, although Steve Lillywhite, who produced their first two albums, also worked on it. Whelan would go on to produce Riverdance.
Kacey Musgraves originally offered "Follow Your Arrow" to her friend Katy Perry. However, Perry thought Musgraves should record the song herself as it seemed, "like something that you would totally say."