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Can you hear the drums Fernando?
I remember long ago another starry night like this
In the firelight Fernando
You were humming to yourself and softly strumming your guitar
I could hear the distant drums
And sounds of bugle calls were coming from afar

They were closer now Fernando
Every hour every minute seemed to last eternally
I was so afraid Fernando
We were young and full of life and none of us prepared to die
And I'm not ashamed to say
The roar of guns and cannons almost made me cry

There was something in the air that night
The stars were bright, Fernando
They were shining there for you and me
For liberty, Fernando
Though I never thought that we could lose
There's no regret
If I had to do the same again
I would, my friend, Fernando
If I had to do the same again
I would, my friend, Fernando

Now we're old and grey Fernando
And since many years I haven't seen a rifle in your hand
Can you hear the drums Fernando?
Do you still recall the frightful night we crossed the Rio Grande?
I can see it in your eyes
How proud you were to fight for freedom in this land

(Repeat x2)
There was something in the air that night
The stars were bright, Fernando
They were shining there for you and me
For liberty, Fernando
Though I never thought that we could lose
There's no regret
If I had to do the same again
I would, my friend, Fernando

Yes, if I had to do the same again
I would, my friend, Fernando...



Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"Fernando" as written by Stig Anderson, Benny Goran Bror Andersson, Bjoern K. Ulvaeus, Buddy Mccluskey, Mary Mccluskey

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Music Publishing

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    General Comment:This is a very well written and moving song which I understand is supposed to be about the Spanish civil war from the point of view of the losing side.
    I don't get the reference to 'crossing the Rio Grande' unless the capitalisation was not in the original lyric and it simply refers to a large river.
    VardonVooon January 12, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:that aint good news at all ///!!!
    friscleon November 12, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:Hello everyone... although Wikipedia's credibility can always be called to question, check out the following link to the song's history...

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    I tend to think it alludes to the Mexican Revolution of 1910.
    mineroon September 26, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:Ppl i have good news Disco is DEAD :D
    ///on February 14, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:The Term Rio Grande refers to the river that marks the U.S.-Mexico border (Americans call it the Rio Grande, Mexicans Rio Bravo)... The song is not about the Spanish Civil War, but rather about the Mexican Revolution that took place in the ealy 1900's.
    mineroon December 14, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:Thank you for saying about this being set during the Mexican revolution...so obvious yet people seem not to get this.

    I think it's during the 1910 revolution because it's obvious that Fernando and co. lost.

    And although at the imediate end of said revolution the people thought they had one...it was soon aparent that they had lost and that another tyrant had taken over.
    Fernandoon February 09, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:I'm not an ABBA fan, but since I know what this song is about, I'm posting it here!
    This song is about a guy named Fernando who were friends with the band elements, they knew him in Portimão, Algarve in Portugal.
    Some years after they met Fernando died, and they dedicated this song to him.
    mlopeson March 16, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Wow, mlopes... I didn't know that one... By reading the lyrics and their context, I always assumed it was about the Mexican Revolution of 1910, particularly with the Rio Grande reference and the revolutionary tone of the song.
    mineroon July 08, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:I didnt know exactly what it was about it but someone I knew told me it was about a dead friend of theirs which i think is nice.
    Stina88on September 08, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Im not a master in spanish but doesn't "Rio Grande" just mean "big river"? If that's the case then it doesn't have to hint Mexico. :o
    Human-beefon January 11, 2007   Link

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