Waterloo 🎶

“Waterloo” was Swedish pop group ABBA’s breakout song and also the first single to be released under the name “ABBA” It won the nineteenth annual Eurovision Song Contest broadcast from The Dome in Brighton in 1974 .
In England, the song peaked to No. 1 on 4 May 1974 and it sold nearly six million copies in total, making it one of the best-selling singles in music history.
In 2005, at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest, “Waterloo” was chosen as the best song in the competition’s history.

WATERLOO

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 forever more

Waterloo
Couldn’t escape if I wanted to
Waterloo
Knowing my fate is to be with you
Wa-Wa-Wa-Wa-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
Wa-Wa-Wa-Wa-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

Wa-Wa-Wa-Wa-Waterloo
Finally facing my Waterloo
Ooh-ooh, Waterloo
Knowing my fate is to be with you

Wa-Wa-Wa-Wa-Waterloo
Finally facing my Waterloo
Ooh-ooh, Waterloo
Knowing my fate is to be with you

Waterloo is the place where Napoleon Bonaparte met his final defeat at an epic battle in 1815. This battle and defeat are used as a metaphor for a woman who gives in and falls in love with a man. She “surrenders” to him and promises to love him: he is her “Waterloo.” But she doesn’t mind “losing” because the result is that she is now with her lover.

The Battle of Waterloo marked the end of the Napoleonic Wars and was fought near Waterloo village, in Belgium on 18 June 1815: Napoleon’ army (72,000 soldiers) was defeated by an Anglo-led allied European coalition of 120,000 British, Dutch, Belgian and German soldiers.
After it, Bonaparte retreated to France abdicated (again) and was exiled to the remote, British-held island of Saint Helena, in the South Atlantic Ocean., where he died on 5th May 1821, at age 51, most likely from stomach cancer.

Tesoro mio
A Waterloo, Napoleone si arrese
e io ho incontrato il mio destino in un modo abbastanza simile

Il libro di storia sullo scaffale
si ripete sempre

Waterloo – io sono stata sconfitta, tu hai vinto la guerra
Waterloo – prometto di amarti per sempre di più
Waterloo – non avrei potuto fuggire nemmeno se avessi voluto
Waterloo . sapendo che il mio destino è stare con te
Waterloo . affronto finalmente la mia mia Waterloo

Tesoro mio, ho provato a respingerti ma tu eri più forte
e ora sembra che la mia unica possibilità sia di rinunciare a lottare

E come potrei mai rifiutare
Mi sembra di vincere anche se perdo

(L.Z.)

49 thoughts on “Waterloo 🎶

  1. Ahh , thank you for this lovely post. I know ABBA well, almost every song. I was there when they won with Waterloo and cheered along.
    Many of their more serious songs are among my favourites.

    Beautiful presentation, Luisa.

    Miriam

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  2. Wonderful lyrics. “I feel like I win when I lose” and the reverse is equally plausible “I feel like I lose when I win.” LOL. Love is a mess, but we love it nonetheless.

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  3. Gli Abba, indimenticabili!!! Questa canzone è azzeccatissima per l’anniversario di domani…stasera vedrò su rai storia , la storia di Napoleone intitolata “Ei fu … buona serata Luisa!

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  4. I used to love to run and work out to ABBA’s songs, because most of them were so upbeat, and I still love them. But honestly, these days of the “Me Too” movement, when even the Looney Tunes character Pepe le Pew got cancelled (🙄), I’m not sure how this song survived, much less won such a prestigious award.

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