ABBA


ABBA – Eagle

This was the opening track of their 1977 album “ABBA – The Album”. It was also released as a single in May 1978

They came flyin’ from far away, now I’m under their spell
I love hearing the stories that they tell
They’ve seen places beyond my land and they’ve found new horizons
They speak strangely but I understand

And I dream I’m an eagle
And I dream I can spread my wings
Flyin’ high, high, I’m a bird in the sky
I’m an eagle that rides on the breeze
High, high, what a feeling to fly
Over mountains and forests and seas
And to go anywhere that I please

As all good friends we talk all night, and we fly wing to wing
I have questions and they know everything
There’s no limit to what I feel, we climb higher and higher
Am I dreamin’ or is it all real

Is it true I’m an eagle
Is it true I can spread my wings
Flying high, high, I’m a bird in the sky
(I’m an eagle)
I’m an eagle that rides on the breeze
High, up high, what a feeling to fly
(What a feeling)
Over mountains and forests and seas
And to go anywhere that I please

Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus wrote most of their songs with an eye on the singles charts, including this heavily produced orchestrated track, although it was not marketed as such in the US or UK. The album version runs to 5 minutes 51 seconds, and is the longest ABBA song ever released. There were various radio edits: in Japan, the 1978 single which was released on the Disco Mate label (backed by “Thank You For The Music”) ran to 4 minutes 25 seconds and reached only #62 in the chart.
The Spanish release, on Carnaby, ran to 3 minutes 36 seconds, and failed to chart. In Holland, it was released on Polydor, ran to 4 minutes 26 seconds, and reached #4.
The theme of the song is similar to that of “Paloma Blanca,” “Skyline Pigeon” and countless other songs where birds feature in the title or the lyrics, though “Eagle” had a more specific inspiration. In Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of ABBA it is revealed as the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull, of which Björn said: “I was trying to capture the sense of freedom that I got from reading that book.” (thanks, Alexander Baron – London, England, for above 2)
Although this song could not match the success of the majority of ABBA’s hits, it managed to reach the Top 10 in Netherlands and West Germany and topped the charts in Belgium. (thanks, Jerro – New Alexandria, PA) – Songfacts

Name of the Game/Eagle

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