History Music / ABBA

17th Nov '17 6:02:35 AM Q4
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* FlashbackFail: The narrator of "The Day Before You Came" went through the day in question on autopilot, to the extent that she doesn't actually have any clear memory of it. She just knows that she didn't deviate from her normal routine to any great degree and so prefaces almost every "memory" with "I must have..." or words to that effect.
17th Nov '17 5:54:04 AM Q4
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** In "The Day Before You Came", Agnetha sings both ''doubt'' and later ''undoubtedly'' with a clearly pronounced ''b''. In ''doubt'' and related words, the ''b'' is mute. It also has the line 'There's not, I think, a single episode of Dallas that I didn't see", which would end with "that I haven't seen" if spoken by a native speaker. Thirdly, "It's funny, but I had no sense of living without aim" is actually meant to say that she didn't realise how boring her life was at the time, but can be interpreted as saying that her lover has made her feel she has no reason to live. Given how much the song plays with ambiguity, this one may be deliberate.

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** In "The Day Before You Came", Agnetha sings both ''doubt'' and later ''undoubtedly'' with a clearly pronounced ''b''. In ''doubt'' and related words, the ''b'' is mute. It also has the line 'There's not, I think, a single episode of Dallas that I didn't see", which would end with "that I haven't seen" if spoken by a native speaker. Thirdly, Also, "It's funny, but I had no sense of living without aim" is actually meant to say that she didn't realise how boring her life was at the time, but can be interpreted as saying that her lover has made her feel she has no reason to live. Given how much the song plays with ambiguity, this one may be deliberate.
17th Nov '17 5:09:50 AM Q4
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* WritingAroundTrademarks: Notably averted at least twice.
** The actual name [=ABBA=] was originally a joke, as it's the name of a Swedish canned fish company. But the group liked it so much that they asked the company for permission to use it.
** "Super Trouper" is a model of stage spotlight (as may be inferred from the lyric of that song: "Tonight the Super Trouper beams are gonna blind me..."). Again, they came to an agreement with the company that makes the lights so they could use it.
17th Nov '17 4:51:33 AM Q4
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** In "The Day Before You Came", Agnetha sings both ''doubt'' and later ''undoubtedly'' with a clearly pronounced ''b''. In ''doubt'' and related words, the ''b'' is mute. It also has the line 'There's not, I think, a single episode of Dallas that I didn't see", which would end with "that I haven't seen" if spoken by a native speaker. Thirdly, "It's funny, but I had no sense of living without aim" is actually meant to say that she didn't realise how boring her life was at the time, but comes across as saying that her lover has made her feel she has no reason to live.

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** In "The Day Before You Came", Agnetha sings both ''doubt'' and later ''undoubtedly'' with a clearly pronounced ''b''. In ''doubt'' and related words, the ''b'' is mute. It also has the line 'There's not, I think, a single episode of Dallas that I didn't see", which would end with "that I haven't seen" if spoken by a native speaker. Thirdly, "It's funny, but I had no sense of living without aim" is actually meant to say that she didn't realise how boring her life was at the time, but comes across can be interpreted as saying that her lover has made her feel she has no reason to live.live. Given how much the song plays with ambiguity, this one may be deliberate.
17th Nov '17 4:32:11 AM Q4
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* AmbiguousEnding: "Mama Mia" ends without revealing if the protagonist finally realized it was a bad relationship and left for good or couldn't help herself and just fell into the cycle of breaking up and getting back together all over again.

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* AmbiguousEnding: "Mama AmbiguousEnding:
** "Mamma
Mia" ends without revealing if the protagonist finally realized it was a bad relationship and left for good or couldn't help herself and just fell into the cycle of breaking up and getting back together all over again.again.
** "The Day Before You Came" says nothing about what happens when the "You" arrives. The gloomy music and dispassionate delivery may suggest that whoever or whatever the "you" is, its arrival didn't make the narrator's life any better. Enquiries to Benny and Bjorn on the subject merely elicit a ShrugOfGod.
17th Nov '17 4:23:32 AM Q4
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** "The Winner Takes it All": The lyric, "The gods may throw a dice," should be "The gods may throw the dice." Reason: "Dice" is plural. "Die" is singular. (It could also be "The gods may throw a die." However, that doesn't rhyme with the next line, "Their minds as cold as ice.")
*** The Oxford English Dictionary does today recognise the use of "dice" as a singular term. It was completely wrong during ABBA's period, though.

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** "The Winner Takes it All": The lyric, "The gods may throw a dice," should be "The gods may throw the dice." Reason: "Dice" is plural. "Die" is singular. (It could also be "The gods may throw a die." However, that doesn't rhyme with the next line, "Their minds as cold as ice.")
") Even if one accepts "dice" as a singular noun, "throw the dice" would still be the less clunky option.
*** The Oxford English Dictionary does today recognise the use of "dice" as a singular term. It was completely wrong during ABBA's period, though.though a ''very'' common error even among native English speakers.
15th Nov '17 6:07:04 PM Discord_and_Dine
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* HypocrisyNod: In the lyrics to "Mamma Mia":
--> Look at me now, will I ever learn?
--> I don't know how but I suddenly lose control
15th Nov '17 2:23:18 PM Discord_and_Dine
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* AmbiguousEnding: "Mama Mia" ends without revealing if the protagonist finally realized it was a bad relationship and left or couldn't help herself and just fell into the cycle of breaking up and getting back together all over again.

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* AmbiguousEnding: "Mama Mia" ends without revealing if the protagonist finally realized it was a bad relationship and left for good or couldn't help herself and just fell into the cycle of breaking up and getting back together all over again.
15th Nov '17 2:22:34 PM Discord_and_Dine
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* AmbiguousEnding: "Mama Mia" ends without revealing if the protagonist finally realized it was a bad relationship and left or couldn't help herself and just fell into the cycle of breaking up and getting back together all over again.
14th Nov '17 6:50:35 AM Discord_and_Dine
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* RefrainFromAssuming: "Mama Mia" is not called "Here I Go Again" or "How Can I Resist You".
** "I Have a Dream" is often mistaken as "I Believe in Angels".
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