ABBA Knowing Me Knowing You.

Lyrics:

[Verse 1]
No more carefree laughter
Silence ever after
Walking through an empty house, tears in my eyes
Here is where the story ends, this is goodbye

[Chorus]
Knowing me, knowing you (ah-haa)
There is nothing we can do, knowing me, knowing you (ah-haa)
We just have to face it, this time we’re through
This time we’re through, this time we’re really through, this time we’re through, we’re really through

Breaking up is never easy, I know, but I have to go
I have to go, this time I have to go, this time I know

Knowing me, knowing you, it’s the best I can do…

[Verse 2]
Memories (memories), good days (good days), bad days (bad days)
They’ll be (they’ll be), with me (with me) always (always)
In these old familiar rooms children would play
Now there’s only emptiness, nothing to say

[Chorus]
Knowing me, knowing you (ah-haa)
There is nothing we can do, knowing me, knowing you (ah-haa)
We just have to face it, this time we’re through
This time we’re through, this time we’re really through, this time we’re through, we’re really through

Breaking up is never easy, I know, but I have to go
I have to go, this time I have to go, this time I know

Knowing me, knowing you, it’s the best I can do…

[Chorus]
Knowing me, knowing you (ah-haa)
There is nothing we can do, knowing me, knowing you (ah-haa)
We just have to face it, this time we’re through
This time we’re through, this time we’re really through, this time we’re through, we’re really through

Breaking up is never easy, I know, but I have to go
I have to go, this time I have to go, this time I know

Knowing me, knowing you, it’s the best I can do…

 

Knowing Me, Knowing You” is a hit single recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA. The song was written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson, with Anni-Frid Lyngstad singing the lead vocals. During recording sessions, it had the working titles of “Ring It In” and “Number 1, Number 1”. The song is featured on the group’s album Arrival, and also on the compilation Gold: Greatest Hits.

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History

“Knowing Me, Knowing You” was recorded in 1976 at the Metronome studio in Stockholm and was released as a single in February 1977, becoming one of the group’s most successful hits. The B-side was “Happy Hawaii“, an arrangement of another ABBA song, “Why Did It Have to Be Me?”, but with a different lead vocalist and lyrics. “Knowing Me, Knowing You” was one of the first ABBA songs to deal with the break-up of a relationship. It predates the divorces of the ABBA members, as well as further break-up songs to come: “The Winner Takes It All“, “One of Us” and “When All Is Said and Done“. Group member Benny Andersson named “Knowing Me, Knowing You” as one of ABBA’s best recordings in a 2004 interview, along with “Dancing Queen“, “The Winner Takes It All” and “When I Kissed the Teacher“. “Conociéndome, Conociéndote” is the Spanish-language version of the song. It was included in the compilation Oro: Grandes Éxitos released in 1993.

Music video

The music video depicts the band against various colored backdrops singing while facing each other, turning away as a new line is sung. At the end of the video, the band’s female members are seen walking away through thick snow. The video was directed by future Academy Award nominee Lasse Hallström and is a landmark in his career alongside most other videos of the band which were directed by him.[2]

Reception

“Knowing Me, Knowing You” proved to be one of ABBA’s most successful singles, hitting #1 in West Germany (ABBA’s sixth consecutive chart-topper there), the United Kingdom,[3] Ireland, Mexico and South Africa,[4] while reaching the Top 3 in Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland. It was also a Top 10 hit in Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand and Norway. In the United States, it became ABBA’s sixth Top 20 single, peaking at #14 on the Hot 100, and also reached #7 on Billboard’s AC chart.

In the UK, “Knowing Me, Knowing You” was the biggest single of 1977.[5] It also began a second run of three consecutive #1 singles for ABBA (followed by “The Name of the Game” and “Take a Chance on Me“), the group having already had three consecutive #1 hit singles in 1976.

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Chart performance

Weekly singles charts

Preceded by
When I Need You” by Leo Sayer
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles number-one single
19 March 1977 – 9 April 1977
Succeeded by
“Lay Back In The Arms of Someone” by Smokie
Preceded by
Chanson D’Amour” by The Manhattan Transfer
UK Singles Chart number-one single
2 April 1977 – 7 May 1977
Succeeded by
Free” by Deniece Williams
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
9 April 1977 – 7 May 1977
Succeeded by
It’s Nice To Be In Love Again” by The Swarbriggs
Preceded by
Living Next Door to Alice” by Smokie
German Singles Chart number-one single
8 April 1977 – 15 April 1977
Succeeded by
“Lay Back In The Arms of Someone” by Smokie

Cover versions

Live cover performances and appearances in other media

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