Samuel Johnson once returned a review copy of a book to its author with the comment: 'Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good'. I wonder what he would have made of Bjorn's lyrics? There are a few original gems to be sure (eg. Slipping Through My Fingers), and there are a few Dum Dum Diddles. But there are also songs whose story or sentiments can be found in earlier works by other artists. Of course, this may well be because the themes are universal. But just for fun let's try to find some songs whose lyrics bring to mind a certain ABBA song, then try to name that ABBA song.
An example to kick off the thread. Which ABBA song echoes these lyrics from a 1968 Gary Puckett & The Union Gap hit:
Young girl, get out of my mind My love for you is way out of line Better run, girl You're much too young, girl
With all the charms of a woman You've kept the secret of your youth You led me to believe You're old enough To give me Love And now it hurts to know the truth
Beneath your perfume and make-up You're just a baby in disguise And though you know That it's wrong to be Alone with me That come on look is in your eyes
So hurry home to your Mama I'm sure she wonders where you are Get out of here Before I have the time To change my mind 'Cause I'm afraid we'll go too far
Ooh this might be even more obscure than Hats Off To Larry, but Jensj2 got that one easily enough so here goes.
There Are Worse Things I Could Do from Grease (1971) There are worse things I could do Than go with a boy or two Even though the neighborhood Thinks I'm trashy and no good I suppose it could be true But there are worse things I could do
I could flirt with all the guys Smile at them and bat my eyes Press against them when we dance Make them think they stand a chance Then refuse to see it through That's a thing I'd never do
I could stay home every night Wait around for Mr Right Take cold showers every day And throw my life away On a dream that won't come true
I could hurt someone like me Out of spite or jealousy I don't steal and I don't lie But I can feel and I can cry A fact I'll bet you never knew But to cry in front of you That's the worst thing I could do
Doesn't There Are Worse Things I Could Do remind anyone of an ABBA lyric? A girl who thinks that she is not the shy and innocent type who Mr. Right would want to settle down with, yet underneath the brash exterior her feelings can be hurt like anyone else's ?
Any more examples of ABBAlike lyrical predecessors?
Here's an Isley Brothers classic.. Twist and Shout, but only in a portion.
One ABBA song is at least similar to this and you've got to answer the title! :-)
You know you twist your little girl (Twist, little girl) You know you twist so fine (Twist so fine) Come on and twist a little closer, now (Twist a little closer) And let me know that you're mine (Let me know you're mine)
Hint: 'read the lyrics backwards'
Jonathan – USA
Someday there'd be a Frida + Genesis collaboration, but a Phil Collins isn't enough..