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ABBA : Fernando (Poland) HQ

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Published on Sep 10, 2011

Beautiful, elegant performance here in Poland 1976

"Fernando" was ABBA's first non-album single, released in November 1975. Lead vocals were sung by Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The track appeared on the 1976 ABBA release Greatest Hits in some countries, although in Australia and New Zealand, "Fernando" was included on the group's Arrival album. "Fernando" also features on the multi-million selling ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits compilation. This song was to become ABBA's biggest selling single of all time, selling 6,000,000 copies in 1976 alone. All in all, Fernando sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

"Fernando" was not originally an ABBA song but was written for ABBA member Anni-Frid Lyngstad. It appeared on her 1975 #1 Swedish solo album, Frida ensam. The song was written by Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Stig Anderson and carried the working title of "Tango". Preparations for recording began in August 1975.

The original Swedish language version's lyrics were written by ABBA's manager Stig Anderson and differ substantially from the English language version. In the original, the narrator tries to console the heartbroken Fernando, who has lost his great love. "The sorrow can be hard to bear, but the fact that friends let us down is something we all have to cope with". The bittersweet chorus goes: "Long live love, our best friend, Fernando. Raise your glass and propose a toast to it, to love, Fernando. Play the melody and sing a song of happiness. Long live love, Fernando". - Wikipedia

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Can you hear the drums Fernando?
I remember long ago another starry night like this,
In the firelight Fernando,
You were humming to yourself,
And softly strumming your guitar,
I could hear the distant drums,
And sounds of bugle calls were coming from afar

They were closer now Fernando,
Every hour, every minute seemed to last eternally
I was so afraid Fernando,
We were young and full of life and none of us prepared to die,
And I'm not ashamed to say,
The roar of guns and cannons almost made me cry

There was something in the air that night,
The stars were bright, Fernando
They were shining there for you and me for liberty, Fernando
Though we never thought that we could lose, there's no regret
If I had to do the same again, I would my friend, Fernando

Now we're old and grey Fernando,
Since many years I haven't seen a rifle in your hand,
Can you hear the drums Fernando?
Do you still recall the fateful night we crossed the Rio Grande?
I can see it in your eyes how proud you were,
To fight for freedom in this land

There was something in the air that night,
The stars were bright, Fernando
They were shining there for you and me for liberty, Fernando
Though we never thought that we could lose, there's no regret
If I had to do the same again, I would my friend, Fernando

There was something in the air that night,
The stars were bright, Fernando
They were shining there for you and me for liberty, Fernando
Though we never thought that we could lose, there's no regret
If I had to do the same again, I would my friend, Fernando
Yes, If I had to do the same again, I would my friend, Fernando
If I had to do the same again, I would my friend, Fernando...

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