Song of the Day #3,745: ‘Waterloo’ – Cher

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was one of this summer’s unexpected hits, grossing more than $120 million at the domestic box office and another $270 million overseas.

My own reaction to the film was equally unexpected, and in fact as of this writing it still sits atop my 2018 list as my favorite movie of the year so far. I am counting down the days til the Oct. 8 streaming release like a kid in the walk-up to Christmas.

Another unexpected by-product of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was the reemergence of Cher as a recording artist. Five years after her last album, Cher has released Dancing Queen, an album of ABBA covers. The 72-year-old is also touring in support of the album.

I wouldn’t call this a comeback, because Cher has been filling arenas in Vegas and elsewhere for years now. But there does seem to be a renewed interest in her as an icon and an artist among younger generations.

I don’t know that I’d listen to this album more than once, or maybe not even once, but I’m glad she made it. The world can always use a little more Cher and a little more ABBA.

[Verse 1]
My, my!
At Waterloo, Napoleon did surrender
Oh, yeah
And I have met my destiny in quite a similar way

[Pre-Chorus 1]
The history book on the shelf
Is always repeating itself

[Chorus]
Waterloo, I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo, promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo, couldn’t escape if I wanted to
Waterloo, knowing my fate is to be with you
Woah, woah, woah-oh
Waterloo, finally facing my Waterloo

[Verse 2]
My, my
I tried to hold you back, but you were stronger
Oh, yeah
And now it seems my only chance is giving up the fight

[Pre-Chorus 2]
And how could I ever refuse?
I feel like I win when I lose

[Chorus]
Waterloo, I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo, promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo, couldn’t escape if I wanted to
Waterloo, knowing my fate is to be with you
Woah, woah, woah-oh
Waterloo, finally facing my Waterloo

[Pre-Chorus 2]
So how could I ever refuse?
I feel like I win when I lose

[Outro]
Waterloo, couldn’t escape if I wanted to
Waterloo, knowing my fate is to be with you
Woah, woah, woah-oh
Waterloo, finally facing my Waterloo (Oh)
Waterloo, knowing my fate is to be with you
Woah, woah, woah-oh
Waterloo, finally facing my Waterloo

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,745: ‘Waterloo’ – Cher

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve retained a team of psychoanalysts from Stockholm to explain your love of this pleasant but otherwise unexceptional sequel to a pleasant but also unexceptional movie. I’m expecting their report back any day now. 😁

  2. Peg says:

    I love Cher and thought she was a great addition to the film. So happy to see her doing this album. Haven’t seen Isle of Dogs yet but feel I must given this controversy 😊

  3. Madison says:

    Cher totally owned “Chiquitita,” but this whole album is just a great damn time.

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