"Waterloo" as written by Stig Anderson, Benny Goran Bror Andersson and Bjoern K. Ulvaeus....
My my
At Waterloo Napoleon did surrender
Oh yeah
And I have met my destiny in quite a similar way
The history book on the shelf
Is always repeating itself
Waterloo I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo couldn't escape if I wanted to
Waterloo knowing my fate is to be with you
Waterloo finally facing my Waterloo

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
And how could I ever refuse
I feel like I win when I lose
Waterloo I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo couldn't escape if I wanted to
Waterloo knowing my fate is to be with you
Oh, oh Waterloo finally facing my Waterloo

So how could I ever refuse
I feel like I win when I lose
Waterloo couldn't escape if I wanted to
Waterloo knowing my fate is to be with you
Waterloo finally facing my Waterloo
Waterloo knowing my fate is to be with you
Oh, oh Waterloo finally facing my Waterloo
Waterloo knowing my fate is to be with you


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

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

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  • +3
    Song MeaningThe song "Waterloo" is ambiguous enough that you can apply it to several situations, but I think it's clear that it was NOT intended to refer to domestic violence in any way (in the early 70's? No chance) OR to surrendering oneself to Jesus (nice thought, but ABBA's not a religious group). Nor is it about Napoleon (it's just using Napoleon's legendary defeat as a metaphor).

    I think it's clearly just a song about a girl letting herself fall for someone else - for one reason or another, she resisted having a relationship with them, but they hung in there, and now she gives up and admits she likes them. It reminds me of countless "Will They, Won't They?" romantic subplots in the movies and other media, where the couple starts out antagonistic towards each other, but have obvious Unresolved Sexual Tension, and finally end up together.
    ShinyAeonon January 16, 2011   Link
  • +2
    MemoryGlimmerings of ABBA

    Emerging global fantasies turned blonde for me in ‘seventy-six.
    Bjorn, Benny and the flikas sailed the radio waves from East to West.
    Santa Lucia’s crowning princess never shone so blessed
    on midnight fjords as she did in my own Eurovision-mix.

    Perfect pop intensifies the longing for that feminine fix.
    Cassette wheels whirred - first branding, finally impressing
    deep grooves upon the brain; my pre-pubescent thrall confessing
    helpless love for Nordic light (in thumping Disco metrics).

    The names (still humming) strike flames, and kindle bright renown:
    “Bang a Boomerang”, “SOS”, “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do” — and will forevermore.
    Those Viking visages sacked and razed a quiet little harbor town.

    Frida Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog — your longships linger
    where syllables flicker, portaging hope to every shipwrecked singer
    Revealing smiles in evergreens and helping us reach our further shore.
    NomadMonadon June 28, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou can say what you like about the Eurovision song contest, but without it, would the world have heard of Abba?

    This song won the Eurovision in 1976 and the rest, as they say, is history.
    slave2discoon February 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about someone (person A) who is seeing someone else(Person B). Person B wants to be closer and perhaps courting Person A, after a while Person A gives in to Person B's advances and they fall in love at Waterloo on a trip or something. I can see where you get the domestic violence aspect from, but just read a little deeper. good song.
    adamramoneon December 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song's about someone who was suddenly pursued by a person that she didn't want to give in to, whether because she wasn't looking for a relationship, didn't like him, or whatever. Like a in a battles in a war, she put up a fight and tried to resist and get away from him, but in the end, gives in and "loses", ("...I tried to hold you back but you were stronger") proclaiming her "Waterloo", just like Napoleon finally lost at Waterloo. And along with proclaiming her defeat, she also proclaims her loyalty and love for the guy, who earned it by "winning" the war ("...I was defeated, you won the war... Promise to love you for ever more").
    iridescentsongon January 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAccording to the book 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner &Spencer Leigh, Abba considered submitting two songs for Eurovision, ‘Waterloo’ and ‘Hasta Manana’. In the end they chose the former which ingeniously compared romantic surrender to Napoleon Bonaparte’s defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. They won by six points, beating Italy into second place. Abba’s manager Stig Anderson was so confident they would win that he had placed a bet, even though the bookies odds were 20-1 and he had wondered if people might feel it was too aggressive for Eurovision. ‘Waterloo’ was also recorded in French, German and of course Swedish.
    edpon January 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomeone correct me if I am wrong. . .

    I believe that the UK awarded Abba 0 points for this song during the contest.

    A song about a battle the British won. Against the French.

    Abba must have been wondering what they had to do. . .
    altsainon May 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe that it was in 1974 when they won the Eurovision contest.
    priestpiloton October 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf you hear the song in German you'll understand it's not about Napoleon but comparing a love situation.
    "And how could I ever refuse
    I feel like I win when I lose"
    The person singing is saying they were trying to refuse the flirtings of the oither person but couldn't, hence lost like Napoleon in Waterloo, and yet it feels good. Again, the German version is a lot clearer about this~
    alexsakuraon January 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI found a French/Swedish version of that song, made by ABBA.
    I'm french and i've tried hard to understand the french part... Awesome!
    Everyone envies us our Napoleon ... haha i'm joking
    Kasserollon January 21, 2007   Link

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