Abba: Fernando Meaning
Song Released: 1976
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...
anonymous Sep 7th 2017 !⃝
I go for the second interpretation. Fictionary or not, there were many Fernandos fighting for freedom during the 1910 Mexican revolution! Yes, Emiliano Zapata was the rebel fighting for their land in the south along with the poor peasents. Pancho Villa fought in the northern part of Mexico. Both wan the fight but were assasinated!
anonymous Apr 18th 2012 !⃝
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".
 English-language version
The English version, with completely different lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus, presents a vision of nostalgia for two veterans reminiscing in old age about a lost battle that they participated in during their younger days fighting under Emiliano Zapata in a battle of the Mexican revolution of 1910. This was confirmed by Bjorn Ulvaeus in an ABBA special interview screened on December 31, 2008 in Australia.
anonymous Feb 15th 2012 !⃝
A Mexican revolutionary, who fought for liberty and lost. I am not sure if he was real or just a legend. I just wonder what the Swedish group ABBA had anything to do with this Fernando.
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