"The Name Of The Game" as written by Benny Andersson, Bjoern K Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson....
I've seen you twice, in a short time
Only a week since we started
It seems to me, for every time
I'm getting more open-hearted

I was an impossible case
No-one ever could reach me
But I think I can see in your face
There's a lot you can teach me
So I wanna know

What's the name of the game?
Does it mean anything to you?
What's the name of the game?
Can you feel it the way I do?
Tell me please, 'cause I have to know
I'm a bashful child, beginning to grow

And you make me talk
And you make me feel
And you make me show
What I'm trying to conceal
If I trust in you, would you let me down?
Would you laugh at me, if I said I care for you?
Could you feel the same way too?
I wanna know

The name of the game

I have no friends, no-one to see
And I am never invited
Now I am here, talking to you
No wonder I get excited

Your smile, and the sound of your voice
And the way you see through me
Got a feeling, you give me no choice
But it means a lot to me
So I wanna know

What's the name of the game? (Your smile and the sound of your voice)
Does it mean anything to you? (Got a feeling you give me no choice)
(But it means a lot)
What's the name of the game? (Your smile and the sound of your voice)
Can you feel it the way I do?
Tell me please, 'cause I have to know
I'm a bashful child, beginning to grow

And you make me talk
And you make me feel
And you make me show
What I'm trying to conceal
If I trust in you, would you let me down?
Would you laugh at me, if I said I care for you?
Could you feel the same way too?
I wanna know
Oh yes I wanna know

The name of the game (I was an impossible case)
Does it mean anything to you? (But I think I can see in your face)
(That it means a lot)
What's the name of the game? (Your smile and the sound of your voice)
Can you feel it the way I do? (Got a feeling you give me no choice)
(But it means a lot)
What's the name of the game? (I was an impossible case)
Does it mean anything to you? (But I think I can see in your face)
(That it means a lot)


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"The Name of the Game" as written by Bjoern K. Ulvaeus Benny Goran Bror Andersson

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    General CommentThis is a woman who is starting to date someone new (it's only been a week). She's starting to fall pretty hard, but it's so early in the relationship that she's not sure where they are at. She's naturally a shy person and scared of her feelings and of sharing them. What's the name of the game: is it love or something else?
    PDXGuy96on March 09, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI found this quote in the book 1000 UK Number One Hits by Jon Kutner & Spencer Leigh: "Benny & Bjorn were both admirers of Stevie Wonder and had been listening to his then-current album Songs In The Key Of Life. In May 1977, just a few weeks after completing their world tour, they began work on a new song, with a working title ‘A Bit Of Myself’. The bass line was reminiscent of a slowed down version of Stevie Wonder’s ‘I Wish’. This formed the nucleus and the rest of the song was then built up as a six-part harmony structure, which was a new idea Benny employed. When Stig (Anderson) heard the backing track, he suggested ‘The Name Of The Game’ as the song’s new title."
    edpon January 21, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationSo this song is about someone falling in love with their shrink (or someone in a similarly inappropriate position), right? She's had others before but "no one ever could reach" her, and now she's finally found someone who can get her to open up, get in touch with her feelings and show "what she's trying to conceal" only she ends up falling in love with him or her, because she's so isolated. And she's hoping (against hope) it might be reprocicated.

    I like the whole "If I trust in you, would you let me down? Would you laugh at me, if I said I care for you?" It just shows how vulnerable she is.
    llrcnrdon May 18, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General Commentthis song is about a woman having a crush on her therapist. its been suggested its about agnetha having a crush on her therapist but why would Bjorn write a song like that? Oh well, John Lennon let Paul McCartney write a song about his son and Yoko Ono (Hey Jude) so who knows?
    bigdave69on December 20, 2004   Link

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