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Abba The Day Before You Came Lyrics

Last updated: 01/19/2014 06:19:28 AM

The Day Before You Came Lyrics

I must have left my house at eight, because I always do
My train, I'm certain, left the station just when it was due
I must have read the morning paper going into town
And having gotten through the editorial, no doubt I must have frowned
I must have made my desk around a quarter after nine
With letters to be read, and heaps of papers waiting to be signed
I must have gone to lunch at half past twelve or so
The usual place, the usual bunch
And still on top of this I'm pretty sure it must have rained
The day before you came

I must have lit my seventh cigarette at half past two
And at the time I never even noticed I was blue
I must have kept on dragging through the business of the day
Without really knowing anything, I hid a part of me away
At five I must have left, there's no exception to the rule
A matter of routine, I've done it ever since I finished school
The train back home again
Undoubtedly I must have read the evening paper then
Oh yes, I'm sure my life was well within its usual frame
The day before you came

I must have opened my front door at eight o'clock or so
And stopped along the way to buy some Chinese food to go
I'm sure I had my dinner watching something on TV
There's not, I think, a single episode of Dallas that I didn't see
I must have gone to bed around a quarter after ten
I need a lot of sleep, and so I like to be in bed by then
I must have read a while
The latest one by Marilyn French or something in that style
It's funny, but I had no sense of living without aim
The day before you came

And turning out the light I must have yawned and cuddled up for yet another night
And rattling on the roof I must have heard the sound of rain
The day before you came

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A brillian, poignant classic | Reviewer: Sandancer | 1/19/14

This has to be my favourite recording by Abba. Agnetha's voice is so full of emotion it is heart-rending. What the song is about, who can say. Bob Dylan has often been asked what his songs mean, and has always answered that it doesn't matter what the a song means/meant to him; what matters is what the song means to the person hearing it. This is surely true of this song.

Nerdy, but... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/14/14

It is my favourite Abba track, but there's something that doesn't add up in the times in the song.
'I must have left my house at eight, because I always do'...'I must have made my desk around a quarter after nine' - so the journey to work takes about 75 minutes, door to desk.

And yet 'At five I must have left, there's no exception to the rule'...'I must have opened my front door at eight o'clock or so
And stopped along the way to buy some Chinese food to go' - the journey home takes around three hours. Even allowing 15 minutes to pick up the Chinese food, and the possibility of a longer wait for the train home, I reckon there's at least an hour 'missing' on the journey home.

Now maybe she went for a drink with friends after work - but why isn't it mentioned when so much else is? What happened in that hour? Or am I just being nerdy?

Love and Tragedy | Reviewer: Maria | 9/11/13

Benny and Bjorn were the song writers in this group. Benny and Anni-Frida were a couple as were Bjorn and Agnetha. It is reported on the internet that Benny was having an affair with someone whom he later married while still having a relationship with Anni-Frida. This song is the tragedy of Benny's broken relationship and the birth of a new one.

the day before you came | Reviewer: Fernando | 6/21/13

Since I heard this song for the first time I fall in love with it.
For me it´s one of the best song a ever heard. Great music and incredible lyric. During the song you can follow like in a movie, a day in the life of a person who is waiting for someone in her life fed up of the monotony of his life and dreaming for a day what could change her way of life.

Riveting & thought-provoking. | Reviewer: Curiosity_kills_the_cat | 3/18/13

I love this piece of's one of my favorites. However the many interpretations i've been reading are now swirling round in my head. I'd always thought the meaning was:
She lived a boring life of routine, where she did most things on autopilot without paying attention, & without really deriving pleasure from them.
"It's funny, but i had no sense of living without aim, TDBYC"

I guess it means whoever came into her life gave her better direction, & she lived not just existed.

Greetings from Lagos, Nigeria

what I like about this song | Reviewer: lwin | 12/28/12

The title is so thoughts-evoking that there can
be different underlying meanings. I felt that she had been happy doing
her routines before the person who would break her heart came.

An under-rated misunderstood masterpiece | Reviewer: Collie | 2/16/12

I believe that Anonymous on 2/18/10 is wrong, but highlights why these are such brilliant, enigmatic lyrics accompanied by startlingly good music and singing.

Firstly, since this song is sung with such feeling - and that feeling is not of happiness having met her lifelong soul mate and partner, but of genuine loss and pain. Either that soul mate has left her, or it was someone more sinister that she met. Part of the brilliance of the lyrics is that that belief can mistakenly be taken. I think that it is actually being sung either by a victim of crime or, my preference, a ghost. A clue to this is that she was reading "the latest one by Marilyn French or something in that style..." who has been misquoted as writing that all men are rapists, and at least her style being of radical feminism. The Agnetha character sings throughout that she's not sure what she exactly did on the day before "you" came: I must have done that, because I always do, I'm sure I did this, I'm certain...well I think I am! Maybe it is a ghost trying to remember the last day of her life before Death came for her, and her memories are fading? For lyrics to impart such massively differing possible meanings surely demonstrate a masterpiece!

The music, whilst seemingly dull and repetitive, when listened to carefully on a good music system (trying to ignore the voice, for the moment) are surprisingly intricate. Whereas a shallow listen will just emphasise the seeming monotone of daily living through both lyrics, music and beat, greater attention is definitely rewarding. You also notice that Agnetha is unusually singing off the beat.

The practically choral effect of the backing voices - for they are not singing any words - again demonstrate an almost funereal atmosphere, which again promotes the impression that maybe the singer is indeed a ghost.

It is amazing that this song only reached number 32 in the UK charts when it was released, but as you often find in music (and film) - it takes time for genius to be accepted, even if (or more probably because) that genius came from the supposedly bubblegum pop band called Abba. A genuine classic, and a great final recording (if not final record) from masters of their game.

ABBA the best band of all time | Reviewer: Rubin Pham | 6/18/11

I listen to this song for at least 20 times. great lyrics and even greater melody. ABBA is my favorite band of all time. The Beatles will be 2nd on my list.
what happen to great music like this song?
Here in America, you only got rap, jazz or country music, music i will never listen to.
No wonder the recording industry in America is dying. They are their own worst enemy.

The day before you came | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/18/10

Just a brilliant,poignant moody peice of music, Beutifully describes how joyous life can be when you meet your soulmate , and how routine and ordinary life was or could be before they came along, One of the best, if not the best ? tracks written by Bjorn and Benny. Brilliant wordsmiths both of them . Haunting,repetetive tune with brilliant use of choir in background

me as original genesis alfa window server | Reviewer: peter kramer | 1/15/10

Hallo Abba so nice to discover that song The day before You came .I am very happy discover Your art music but truly feel a lot for Ann Winsborn .She is amazing and her voice is breath taking .Look forward to connect with You here in Poland .Warmest regards peter kramer =piotr kudlacik