Song of the Day #4,516: ‘Waterloo’ – ABBA

‘Waterloo,’ the title track of ABBA’s 1974 sophomore album, was the song that launched them to international fame. It is also the first recording released under the name ABBA, as the band’s first effort was billed to Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid. The quartet quickly realized that going by their first initials, and ordering them as the palindromic ABBA, made a lot more sense.

‘Waterloo’ won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, and remains the most famous song to do so (at least the most famous on this side of the pond).

This song was performed over the end credits of the film Mamma Mia! and included in the main plot of the far superior Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, with Hugh Skinner and Lily James belting it out in a Parisian restaurant.

[Verse 1]
My, my – at Waterloo, Napoleon did surrender
Oh, yeah – and I have met my destiny in quite a similar way

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

[Chorus]
Waterloo, I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo, promise to love you forevermore
Waterloo, couldn’t escape if I wanted to
Waterloo, knowing my fate is to be with you
Wa-Wa-Wa-Wa-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]
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 forevermore
Waterloo, couldn’t escape if I wanted to
Waterloo, knowing my fate is to be with you
Wa-Wa-Wa-Wa-Waterloo
Finally facing my Waterloo

[Pre-Chorus]
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
Wa-Wa-Wa-Wa-Waterloo
Finally facing my Waterloo
Woo, Waterloo, knowing my fate is to be with you
Wa-Wa-Wa-Wa-Waterloo
Finally facing my Waterloo
Woo, Waterloo, knowing my fate is to be with you

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,516: ‘Waterloo’ – ABBA

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Lol! The far. superior….. agree to disagree.

  2. Peg says:

    I didn’t realize that the name ABBA was a palindrome from their first names. Interesting I liked both mama mias

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