"The Piper" as written by Benny Goran Bror Andersson and Bjoern K. Ulvaeus....
They came from the hills
And they came from the valleys and the plains
They struggled in the cold
In the heat and the snow and in the rain
Came to hear him play
Play their minds away

We're all following a strange melody
We're all summoned by a tune
We're following the piper
And we dance beneath the moon
We're following the piper
And we dance beneath the moon for him
And we dance beneath the moon
Sub luna saltamus

They came from the south
From the west and the north and from the east
They waited for the man
Like a parish is waiting for the priest
Longed to hear him play
Play their minds away

We're all following a strange melody
We're all summoned by a tune
We're following the piper
And we dance beneath the moon
We're following the piper
And we dance beneath the moon for him
And we dance beneath the moon
Sub luna saltamus

He gave them a dream
He seduced everybody in the land
The fire in his eyes
And the fear was a weapon in his hand
So they let him play
Play their minds away

We're all following a strange melody
We're all summoned by a tune
We're following the piper
And we dance beneath the moon
We're following the piper
And we dance beneath the moon for him
And we dance beneath the moon

And we dance beneath the moon


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"The Piper" as written by Bjoern K. Ulvaeus Benny Goran Bror Andersson

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    General CommentAbba always wrote the music then fitted lyrics to it. This tune has a very old-fashioned 'mediaeval' or 'baroque' tonal quality to it, so it's likely that some old folk tale was suggested by that. The story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin fits to a T.
    SomeOldGuyon August 10, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI always took this song to be about some sort of Hitler-type character, winning people over with his oratory - people coming from miles around to listen.

    I mean, just listen to this bit:

    He came in a dream. He seduced everybody in the land.
    The fire in his eyes. And the fear was a weapon in his hand.
    So they let him play. Play their minds away.

    But maybe I’m just reading too much into it!
    CaribCannibalon October 30, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is prophetic of the coming of the Anti-Christ. The coming leader who mesmerizes the people with his eloquence and diplomacy and wins the heart of the people with economic reforms to bring peace on earth. Halfway through, he turns bad - the 2nd 3 1/2 years as in the book of Revelations. The first half of his reign will be mesmerizing because of the tune of peace he "pipes" and wins the people over. the second half will be a reign by instilling fear in people. Why "the piper"? The piper in the legend piped away the ills of the town ie.,rats, so will this man will "pipe away" the economic woes that will plague the world in the last days. He will win the earth with diplomacy - signified by the rider on the white horse in the book of revelations, who carried the bow but no arrows. He will demand for the souls of men in return and they will follow. While this song warns us about the anitichrist, Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven promoted the piper (the antichrist). Led Zeppelin's stairway to heaven asks that the church (the lady) follows the antichrist ("the piper will lead us to reason") - read my interpretation on "Stairway to Heaven" click here:
    dylansuppiahon March 25, 2016   Link

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