"Does Your Mother Know" as written by Benny Goran Bror Andersson and Bjoern K. Ulvaeus....
You're so hot, teasing me
So you're blue
but I can't take a chance on a chick like you
That's something I couldn't do
There's that look in your eyes
I can read in your face
that your feelings are driving you wild
Ah, but girl you're only a child

Well I can dance with you honey
If you think it's funny
Does your mother know that you're out
And I can chat with you baby
Flirt a little maybe
Does your mother know that you're out

Take it easy (take it easy)
Better slow down girl
That's no way to go
Does your mother know?
Take it easy (take it easy)
Try to cool it girl
Take it nice and slow
Does your mother know?

I can see what you want
But you seem pretty young
to be searching for that kind of fun
So maybe I'm not the one
Now you're so cute, I like your style
And I know what you mean
when you give me a flash of that smile (smile)
But girl you're only a child

Well I can dance with you honey
If you think it's funny
Does your mother know that you're out
And I can chat with you baby
Flirt a little maybe
Does your mother know that you're out

Take it easy (take it easy)
Better slow down girl
That's no way to go
Does your mother know
Take it easy (take it easy)
Try to cool it girl
Take it nice and slow
Does your mother know

Well I can dance with you honey
If you think it's funny
Does your mother know that you're out
And I can chat with you baby
Flirt a little maybe
Does your mother know that you're out

Well I can dance with you honey
If you think it's funny
Does your mother know that you're out
And I can chat with you baby
Flirt a little maybe
Does your mother know that you're out

Well I can dance with you honey
If you think it's funny
Does your mother know that you're out
And I can chat with you baby


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"Does Your Mother Know" as written by Bjoern K. Ulvaeus Benny Goran Bror Andersson

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  • +2
    General CommentI love this song to pieces.

    And yeah, the first time I heard it was in Johnny English. Seeing Rowan Atkinson dancing to it just made my day.

    Yep...and now it's my favourite ABBA song.
    who_killed_heidi?on November 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is my favourite ABBA song. I was about 16 when it came out and the beat was great at the disco's. The rumble with drums at the very beginning filled the floor immediately.
    servoon May 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenta young girl goes to a disco looking for a mate for the night. She spots Bjorn, and he is willing to flirt, but no more, since she is under age
    Mrs. Ton October 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like how even though song has a modern (well i mean for it's time..a haha) sound/style and all.. the chorus has a bit of 50's rock 'n' roll influence too. that intro and the (faint) sax in the chorus make me love this song.
    modestmauson October 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    MemoryI used to go to dances in the late 70's, and young girls were like that. Being over 21 I had to not fall for them. Like it says " Does your mother know" I did take one lady home to meet her mother, only to find she knew my uncle!!
    kuhltwoon November 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"This is my favourite ABBA song. I was about 16 when it came out and the beat was great at the disco's."

    I was about 16 when the film Johnny English came out with this song on the soundtrack. (I'm a huge Rowan Atkinson fan.) I immediately searched the internet and found the title of this, my favorite ABBA song. I've been an ABBA fan ever since.
    JohnnyAmericanon January 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite ABBA song too. Does Swedish law prohibit relations between +18 and under-18 year olds, like in the USA? "You seem pretty young to be searching for that kind of fun"
    descendenton March 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn the movie "MAma Mia", there is a scene with a teenage boy who has a crush on a middle-aged woman. The woman sings this song at the boy. It's done for laughs.
    amymonkeyon October 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI know that this is NOT what the song is about at all, but I always personally interpreted it as this:

    Every post-2001 gay guy has had the experience, especially in high school, of the straight guys making fun of them by not being mean, but by pretending that they're gay to get a reaction out of the guy and make his own friends laugh. Of course, most gay guys are smart enough to see through this charade and walk away, but I always see this song as the gay affirming his stance of never going out with someone who isn't "out" (ergo "does your mother know that you're out?")
    Haha. I know, it's weird, but it's just my little spin :)

    And yeah, I absolutely love this song. I cannot help singing and dancing along whenever it comes on and it is currently my favourite song of all time.
    NickTonyon February 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was already an ABBA fan, but I had never heard this song before my roommate showed me that hilarious bit from *Johnny English*. I immediately recognized their sound, though, and promptly went searching for it online afterwards.

    I really like the way there's like two different (and very different-sounding) refrains - the rockin' "You can dance with me honey" followed by the oddly chirpy little "Take it easy" bit. The contrast between them is weird - it shouldn't work, but it does, and gives this song a unique character that makes it one of their more distinctive tunes. The killer bass riff doesn't hurt, either.
    ShinyAeonon January 16, 2011   Link

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