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I don’t want to talk

About the things we’ve gone through

Though it’s hurting me

Now it’s history

I’ve played all my cards

And that’s what you’ve done too

Nothing more to say

No more ace to play

The winner takes it all

The loser standing small

Beside the victory

That’s her destiny

I was in your arms

Thinking I belonged there

I figured it made sense

Building me a fence

Building me a home

Thinking I’d be strong there

But I was a fool

Playing by the rules

The gods may throw a dice

Their minds as cold as ice

And someone way down here

Loses someone dear

The winner takes it all

The loser has to fall

It’s simple and it’s plain

Why should I complain

But tell me does she kiss

Like I used to kiss you?

Does it feel the same

When she calls your name?

Somewhere deep inside

You must know I miss you

But what can I say

Rules must be obeyed

The judges will decide

The likes of me abide

Spectators of the show

Always staying low

The game is on again

A lover or a friend

A big thing or a small

The winner takes it all

I don’t want to talk

If it makes you feel sad

And I understand

You’ve come to shake my hand

I apologize

If it makes you feel bad

Seeing me so tense

No self-confidence

But you see

The winner takes it all

The winner takes it all

So the winner takes it all

And the the loser has to fall

Throw a dice, cold as ice

Way down here, someone dear

Takes it all, has to fall

It seems plain to me

I chose this song because “mama mia” is one of the movies and plays that I like the most since I was a kid. This song is basically about giving up to the person who she’s been competing with, the person who won her lover’s heart. Their love may have been great, but it’s in the past now, it’s history. She gave him everything she could, she “played by the rules,”. Although she still loves him, she knows that he’s no longer hers, and so she must “abide” to remain what destiny proclaims. However, she remains hopeful, a “spectator of the show,” that if their relationship fails, then she too will finally claim victory.

Fence: a barrier

Dice: small cubes of food

Abide: accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation).

For many this song is inspired by the divorce of Björn and Agnetha (both members of the band), which had occurred the previous year. Björn has often denied this by saying: “in our divorce there was no winner.”

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