Fun songs with cringeworthy lyrics

I listened to the ABBA Gold album yesterday while cleaning/sweeping/swiffering/cooking with my wireless headset on my head, singing and dancing along to all the tunes.

Family gave me some sideway glances. I didn’t care!

Dog was… confused, but guess what? I didn’t care!

I amazed myself that I knew the words to most of the songs…

After a while though, I started to cringe a little at some of the lyrics.

Let me share:

Money Money Money

I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay
Ain’t it sad
And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me
That’s too bad
In my dreams I have a plan
If I got me a wealthy man
I wouldn’t have to work at all, I’d fool around and have a ball

These contemporary, feminist-oriented times would never encourage a young woman to aim for this as a solution. Except…there are plenty of ‘gold diggers’ around, amirite? lol 😉

Cool song though. I especially like the first four sentences.

Take A Chance On Me

If you change your mind, I’m the first in line
Honey I’m still free
Take a chance on me
If you need me, let me know, gonna be around
If you’ve got no place to go, if you’re feeling down

etc

We can go dancing, we can go walking, as long as we’re together
Listen to some music, maybe just talking, get to know you better
‘Cos you know I’ve got
So much that I wanna do, when I dream I’m alone with you
It’s magic
You want me to leave it there, afraid of a love affair
But I think you know
That I can’t let go

This song is interesting because the underlying theme is that the singer, the girl, was rejected. The man moved on to some new girl. But then things didn’t work out for him and now she, the singer, is making herself available to him again.

The song is upbeat and fun, rather than the ballad/sad tune one might expect from love rejection. But still, I cringe a little…

There are a lot of songs I like on this album, but especially:

  1. Fernando
  2. The Winner Takes It All
  3. Knowing Me, Knowing You
  4. Lay All Your Love On Me
  5. Thank You For The Music
  6. Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)

Ok, I could just list the whole album. Or maybe it would be easier to list the ones I’m not crazy about.

Voulez-Vous does not appeal to me at all, for instance. 🙂

Your turn! Do you like ABBA songs? If yes, which ones? If no, why not?

See you in the comments!

35 Replies to “Fun songs with cringeworthy lyrics”

  1. Chiquitita, tell me what’s wrong
    You’re enchained by your own sorrow
    In your eyes there is no hope for tomorrow
    How I hate to see you like this
    There is no way you can deny it
    I can see that you’re oh so sad, so quiet
    Chiquitita, tell me the truth
    I’m a shoulder you can cry on
    Your best friend, I’m the one you must rely on
    You were always sure of yourself
    Now I see you’ve broken a feather
    I hope we can patch it up together
    Chiquitita, you and I know
    How the heartaches come and they go and the scars they’re leaving
    You’ll be dancing once again and the pain will end
    You will have no time for grieving
    Chiquitita, you and I cry
    But the sun is still in the sky and shining above you
    Let me hear you sing once more like you did before
    Sing a new song, Chiquitita
    Try once more like you did before
    Sing a new song, Chiquitita
    So the walls came tumbling down
    And your love’s a blown out candle
    All is gone and it seems too hard to handle
    Chiquitita, tell me the truth
    There is no way you can deny it
    I see that you’re oh so sad, so quiet
    Chiquitita, you and I know
    How the heartaches come and they go and the scars they’re leaving
    You’ll be dancing once again and the pain will end
    You will have no time for grieving
    Chiquitita, you and I cry
    But the sun is still in the sky and shining above you
    Let me hear you sing once more like you did before
    Sing a new song, Chiquitita
    Try once more like you did before
    Sing a new song, Chiquitita
    Try once more like you did before
    Sing a new song, Chiquitita

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  2. I have always loved ABBA! I can’t choose a favorite song – most are amazing. I do agree with you about Voulez-Vouz, though. I can do without that one.

    Have you seen Muriel’s Wedding? It’s one of my favorite movies ever and it has an amazing ABBA soundtrack!

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  3. I’m a huge ABBA fan, probably because my mom listened to them a lot when we were young. “Eagle” is my favorite song, but I also really like “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Angeleyes,” “Fernando,” and “Honey, Honey.”

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  4. Omg. I love Abba. ❤️ I can’t say I have a favourite because there are so many boppy fun ones. I do love ‘Waterloo.’ I’ll go with that. ☺️x

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  5. I love ABBA songs, but it has been a very long time since I have listened to any. Actually, yesterday as you talked about it in your blog post I could hear the songs running in my mind. I am like you in that I don’t care that much for Voulez-Vous, but I do really like Momma Mia. It is so fun, and I also liked the movie by the same name. Thank you for putting a lot of light and bright in my life today. ❤❤❤❤

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