ABBA Waterloo: What the lyrics mean and why the UK gave it 'nul points' at Eurovision (2023)

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ABBA Waterloo : What do the lyrics mean, did they get their historical facts wrong and why did the UK jury at Eurovision gave them 'Nul points'? ABBA

ABBA RELEASED Waterloo on this day in 1974 but what do the lyrics mean? Is Waterloo really about Napoleon and did ABBA actually get their historical facts wrong? Even worse, why did the UK Eurovision jury give it no points?

23:27, Wed, Mar 3, 2021 | UPDATED: 23:57, Wed, Mar 3, 2021 Link copied ABBA perform Waterloo at Eurovision after win in 1974 Sign up for now and never miss the top Royal stories again.Streaming 'is threatening the future of music' In recent months we've heard how some hit songwriters have become Uber drivers to make ends meet, and how others have been pressured into surrendering their songs.The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.Björn confirmed there is new ABBA music this year (Picture: Getty) Björn Ulvaeus has confirmed the news we’ve all been waiting for – there is ‘definitely’ new music on the way.

SUBSCRIBE Invalid email When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they'll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. image copyright Getty Images image caption Björn Ulvaeus attending the opening night of Mamma Mia! The Party at London's O2 in 2019 With all that in mind, the Abba star has just published a new report entitled Rebalancing the Song Economy . Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights.” Asked if he had ever spoken to Newton-John about her defeat, he said that his bandmate Anni-Fri Lyndstad was good friends with the fellow singer, and that Newton-John said she “knew that we would win”. You can unsubscribe at any time. One suggestion is the introduction of a more fan-centric model, which would see a larger percentage of each listener's subscription fee go directly to their favourite artists and the ones they listen to the most. ABBA released Waterloo on March 4, 1974, months before the Eurovision Song Contest took place in Brighton on April 6. ‘We’re really, really good friends.

But the song was written specifically for the competition the previous December, with band members and songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus convinced it was the key to international success. "It's been really, really difficult," he continues.. They were, of course, correct, although the Brit judges were completely out of step with our country's future love affair with the Swedish supergroup. Which is strange, considering the song's lyrics are all about a very famous UK victory that changed the course of European history. "But funnily enough, the fact that the artists got stopped from touring made them realise how little they were actually making from streaming. SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH ABBA WIN THE 1974 EUROVISION SONG CONTEST  Related articles Elvis has left the building: Meaning and origin of famous Elvis quote Benny and Björn were determined to crack Eurovision.” This year’s Eurovision Song Contest final takes place on Saturday 22 May. They had submitted the song Ring Ring the previous year but had finished third in the Swedish Eurovision selection process. image caption The band's name was made from the first initials of its members: (left to right) Björn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog and Benny Andersson "And I thought, 'Welcome to the world of songwriters' - because that is how [it is for] songwriters usually. ‘They’ve recorded five new songs.

It went on to be a Top 5 hit across Europe and a minor one in the UK, reaching Number 32. The band was always focussed on what would appeal to international markets, hence the infamous glam rock outfits.. The song's original title was actually Honey Pie before the lyrics were transformed into an epic love story referencing a famous 19th Century battle. As you do. And I think the pandemic has been very, very bad in many, many ways, but it's been good in putting the spotlight on the plight of the songwriter I think. But ABBA were all set to"win the war" and defeat the likes of Olivia Newton-John along the way.

Scroll down watch her 1974 Eurovision entry. "It could make 2021 the year of the song, that's what I hope for. READ MORE:  ABBA sang Waterloo at the 1974 Eurovision (Image: PH ) ABBA's Frida and Agnetha perform Waterloo at the 1974 Eurovision (Image: PH) ABBA fans REJOICE over 'new' pop video 'How have I never seen this?' The lyrics were written by ABBA's manager Stig Anderson and famously open with one of the most unlikely lines in pop history. Waterloo starts:"My, my, At Waterloo, Napoleon did surrender. The reason being that they have been having far too much fun with projects including the Mamma Mia films and theatre musicals, and going back to the future in an upcoming Abba avatar tour (the band haven't performed together publicly in real life since 1982, turning down some big money offers to do so). Oh yeah, And I have met my destiny in quite a similar way." The song is referring to the famous Battle of Waterloo, which took place on Sunday, June 18, 1815, near the Belgian town of the same name. "I don't think we would want that actually," he says.

Napoleon Bonaparte and his French forces were defeated by two armies - a Prussian army and another, commanded by the Duke of Wellington, which combined troops from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Hanover, Brunswick, and Nassau.  So why would a pop song merrily talk about a bloody battle which killed almost 50,000 people? COMING UP: WATCH ABBA BACKSTAGE WAITING FOR THE FINAL VOTES BEFORE GOING ON TO PERFORM THEIR WINNING SONG AND SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH THE UNLIKELY COUNTRY THE UK JURY GAVE THEIR TOP VOTES TO ABBA watching the voting backstage at the 1974 Eurovision (Image: PH) The song Waterloo is a metaphor for a woman's surrender to a man - and not just any man but one she has been trying to resist. And I don't think the others would like that either. The lyrics repeat the theme with lines like;"I tried to hold you back, but you were stronger.. I don't think we will do that..

And now it seems my only chance is giving up the fight. The marriage of the other two Abba stars Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson ended around the same time." Incredibly, in recent years there has been a major objection to the name of the original battle, which would change the way history is taught and could also have changed the fate of ABBA and 1970s pop music.  DON'T MISS . "It would be very sad, wouldn't it?" he suggests.

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Abba: Why the UK gave the Swedish band 'nul points' at Eurovision UK was being ‘cunning’ by giving Abba ‘nul points’ at Eurovision, says Bjorn Ulvaeus Björn Ulvaeus confirms new ABBA music 'definitely' coming this year ABBA members: Where is Frida Lyngstad now? What happened to her?

Abba: Why the UK gave the Swedish band 'nul points' at EurovisionBjörn Ulvaeus on the Swedish band's song contest win on British soil, and the future of streaming. Just don’t mention Tory corruption or BoJo telling lies. Because they are incompetent like the clown of clowning Street, and the EU are having the last laugh at Bojos brexit, didn't you all do brilliant on the bullshit you was fed 😂🤣😂💩 Was it because they were illegal immigrants?

UK was being ‘cunning’ by giving Abba ‘nul points’ at Eurovision, says Bjorn UlvaeusSinger suggests UK saw the Swedish group as the biggest threat to their own entry, Olivia Newton-John You misheard: he said UK was being 'c*nty'. This is news ?

Björn Ulvaeus confirms new ABBA music 'definitely' coming this yearMamma Mia, here we go again 🕺 🙄 Is that a good idea. (Yes, I like the old music, don't spoil it)

ABBA members: Where is Frida Lyngstad now? What happened to her? ABBA was made up of two couples singing together - sadly falling apart when their marriages ended. So where is singer Frida Lyngstad now? Alan_Hogg 😍😍😍😍😍

23:27, Wed, Mar 3, 2021 | UPDATED: 23:57, Wed, Mar 3, 2021 Link copied ABBA perform Waterloo at Eurovision after win in 1974 Sign up for now and never miss the top Royal stories again.Streaming 'is threatening the future of music' In recent months we've heard how some hit songwriters have become Uber drivers to make ends meet, and how others have been pressured into surrendering their songs.The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.Björn confirmed there is new ABBA music this year (Picture: Getty) Björn Ulvaeus has confirmed the news we’ve all been waiting for – there is ‘definitely’ new music on the way.

SUBSCRIBE Invalid email When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they'll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. image copyright Getty Images image caption Björn Ulvaeus attending the opening night of Mamma Mia! The Party at London's O2 in 2019 With all that in mind, the Abba star has just published a new report entitled Rebalancing the Song Economy . Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights.” Asked if he had ever spoken to Newton-John about her defeat, he said that his bandmate Anni-Fri Lyndstad was good friends with the fellow singer, and that Newton-John said she “knew that we would win”. You can unsubscribe at any time. One suggestion is the introduction of a more fan-centric model, which would see a larger percentage of each listener's subscription fee go directly to their favourite artists and the ones they listen to the most. ABBA released Waterloo on March 4, 1974, months before the Eurovision Song Contest took place in Brighton on April 6. ‘We’re really, really good friends.

But the song was written specifically for the competition the previous December, with band members and songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus convinced it was the key to international success. "It's been really, really difficult," he continues.. They were, of course, correct, although the Brit judges were completely out of step with our country's future love affair with the Swedish supergroup. Which is strange, considering the song's lyrics are all about a very famous UK victory that changed the course of European history. "But funnily enough, the fact that the artists got stopped from touring made them realise how little they were actually making from streaming. SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH ABBA WIN THE 1974 EUROVISION SONG CONTEST  Related articles Elvis has left the building: Meaning and origin of famous Elvis quote Benny and Björn were determined to crack Eurovision.” This year’s Eurovision Song Contest final takes place on Saturday 22 May. They had submitted the song Ring Ring the previous year but had finished third in the Swedish Eurovision selection process. image caption The band's name was made from the first initials of its members: (left to right) Björn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog and Benny Andersson "And I thought, 'Welcome to the world of songwriters' - because that is how [it is for] songwriters usually. ‘They’ve recorded five new songs.

It went on to be a Top 5 hit across Europe and a minor one in the UK, reaching Number 32. The band was always focussed on what would appeal to international markets, hence the infamous glam rock outfits.. The song's original title was actually Honey Pie before the lyrics were transformed into an epic love story referencing a famous 19th Century battle. As you do. And I think the pandemic has been very, very bad in many, many ways, but it's been good in putting the spotlight on the plight of the songwriter I think. But ABBA were all set to"win the war" and defeat the likes of Olivia Newton-John along the way.

Scroll down watch her 1974 Eurovision entry. "It could make 2021 the year of the song, that's what I hope for. READ MORE:  ABBA sang Waterloo at the 1974 Eurovision (Image: PH ) ABBA's Frida and Agnetha perform Waterloo at the 1974 Eurovision (Image: PH) ABBA fans REJOICE over 'new' pop video 'How have I never seen this?' The lyrics were written by ABBA's manager Stig Anderson and famously open with one of the most unlikely lines in pop history. Waterloo starts:"My, my, At Waterloo, Napoleon did surrender. The reason being that they have been having far too much fun with projects including the Mamma Mia films and theatre musicals, and going back to the future in an upcoming Abba avatar tour (the band haven't performed together publicly in real life since 1982, turning down some big money offers to do so). Oh yeah, And I have met my destiny in quite a similar way." The song is referring to the famous Battle of Waterloo, which took place on Sunday, June 18, 1815, near the Belgian town of the same name. "I don't think we would want that actually," he says.

Napoleon Bonaparte and his French forces were defeated by two armies - a Prussian army and another, commanded by the Duke of Wellington, which combined troops from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Hanover, Brunswick, and Nassau.  So why would a pop song merrily talk about a bloody battle which killed almost 50,000 people? COMING UP: WATCH ABBA BACKSTAGE WAITING FOR THE FINAL VOTES BEFORE GOING ON TO PERFORM THEIR WINNING SONG AND SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH THE UNLIKELY COUNTRY THE UK JURY GAVE THEIR TOP VOTES TO ABBA watching the voting backstage at the 1974 Eurovision (Image: PH) The song Waterloo is a metaphor for a woman's surrender to a man - and not just any man but one she has been trying to resist. And I don't think the others would like that either. The lyrics repeat the theme with lines like;"I tried to hold you back, but you were stronger.. I don't think we will do that..

And now it seems my only chance is giving up the fight. The marriage of the other two Abba stars Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson ended around the same time." Incredibly, in recent years there has been a major objection to the name of the original battle, which would change the way history is taught and could also have changed the fate of ABBA and 1970s pop music.  DON'T MISS . "It would be very sad, wouldn't it?" he suggests.

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