Profound New Year’s Sentiments from ABBA

This ABBA song (“Happy New Year”) is running rampant through my head, so I post the lyrics here as a New Year’s greeting. Surprisingly, it’s quite fitting for the times we live in, even though it was written 30 years or so ago (the lyric about “the end of eighty-nine” is classic). It’s one of the reasons why I loooooooove ABBA … their music and lyrics are so timeless. Say what you want, but I adore them.

No more champagne and the fireworks are through
Here we are, me and you
Feeling lost and feeling blue
It’s the end of the party
And the morning seems so grey, so unlike yesterday
Now’s the time for us to say…

Happy new year, Happy new year
May we all have a vision now and then
Of a world where every neighbour is a friend
Happy new year, Happy new year
May we all have our hopes, our will to try
If we don’t we might as well lay down and die
You and I

Sometimes I see how the brave new world arrives
And I see how it thrives in the ashes of our lives
Oh yes, man is a fool
And he thinks he’ll be okay
Dragging on, feet of clay
Never knowing he’s astray
Keeps on going anyway…

Happy new year, Happy new year
May we all have a vision now and then
Of a world where every neighbour is a friend
Happy new year, Happy new year
May we all have our hopes, our will to try
If we don’t we might as well lay down and die
You and I

Seems to me now that the dreams we had before
Are all dead, nothing more
Than confetti on the floor
It’s the end of a decade
In another ten years time
Who can say what we’ll find
What lies waiting down the line
In the end of eighty-nine…

Happy new year, Happy new year
May we all have a vision now and then
Of a world where every neighbour is a friend
Happy new year, Happy new year
May we all have our hopes, our will to try
If we don’t we might as well lay down and die
You and I

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