What does The Name of the Game mean?

Abba: The Name of the Game Meaning

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Song Released: 1977


The Name of the Game Lyrics

I've seen you twice, in a short time
Only a week since we started
It seems to me, for every time
I'm getting more open-hearted
I was an impossible case
No-one ever could reach me
But I think I can see in your face
There's a lot you can...

  1. anonymous
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    Oct 15th 2017 !⃝

    As an ABBA fan, I think this song describes a person who is timid and afraid of being hurt in love, and he meets someone for the first time who brings out his feelings of love/emotion. He says at one point he has no friends, but now he is starting to feel a part of life or society and asks rhetorically, what is life all about or what is the name of the game? Is life all about his new found feelings or is it something else? Perhaps he wonders if his feelings are really love or a form of infatuation. Most of the ABBA songs are very up front, wearing their hearts on their sleeves, SOS(come and save me), I Do, I Do, I Do(love you), Waterloo(you won the battle for my heart), Voulez vous(French for do you want to? Don't think they mean come and have tea with me). The musical arrangement is a bit more complex though with great creativity,


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