ABBA – Dancing Queen (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)

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“Dancing Queen” is one of those songs that have lived beyond generations. The song was released in 1976 and is still a well known and highly acclaimed songs to be ever produced. ABBA scored their only #1 track in US with this song, although the song did top music charts and sales on many other countries. The song came from ABBA’s fourth studio album ‘Arrival.’

“Dancing Queen” was written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson. Benny and Björn also produced the song. The song speaks about emotional content derived from the feeling freeing when you are dancing. The song recorded Platinum and Gold sales in UK and US respectively.

“Dancing Queen” is widely acclaimed a a genre defining song as it is the first of Europop tracks to be recorded.

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Although quite simple and straightforward, we will jump into some lyrics analysis of the song.

Intro

You can dance, you can jive
Having the time of your life
See that girl, watch that scene
Digging the dancing queen

The song essentially speaks about a disco-dance setting where everyone is immersed in their own dances. ‘Jive’ is a form of dance originated in United States from the African Americans in the early 1930s.

The singer is complimenting the dances that are unfolding before them. In the music video ABBA is performing “Dancing Queen” infront of a crowd of people who are dancing the night away.

The singers give an ado to the dancing queen on the floor, who is young and beautiful and having the time of her life-dancing to the music. She is engrossed in her dance, but the whole dance floor has eyes on her. Everyone is digging the girl’s dance.

Verse 1

Friday night and the lights are low
Looking out for the place to go
Where they play the right music, getting in the swing
You come in to look for a king

ABBA describes a typical Friday night in the 70s. You go out for dinner and then go to a disco bar to dance the night away. Hopefully, you will find your king for the night (or or life) there as well.

Listen to this amazing Pop cover of “Dancing Queen” by Daecolm

Anybody could be that guy
Night is young and the music’s high
With a bit of rock music, everything is fine
You’re in the mood for a dance

In the open disco floor, anybody could be your king. The night is young and the music is loud. Everybody is in their own zones on the dancing floor. It’s a fusion of rock and disco and ABBA says the scene is set for a good dance.

And when you get the chance…

When the dance floor calls you, when your King calls you for a dance, when the music calls you for a dance, take it and let the dance free your soul.

Chorus

You are the dancing queen
Young and sweet, only seventeen
Dancing queen
Feel the beat from the tambourine, oh yeah

Again the singers emphasize on the girl on the dance floor who is absolutely lost in the dance. She is only seventeen and young and sweet. Watching her dance is intoxicating to say the least.

You can dance, you can jive
Having the time of your life
Ooh, see that girl, watch that scene
Digging the dancing queen

This is again a recurrence of the intro to “Dancing Queen.”

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Verse 2

You’re a teaser, you turn them on
Leave them burning and then you’re gone
Looking out for another, anyone will do
You’re in the mood for a dance

This girl in the song is a teaser. I doubt she knows she is a teaser. She is lost in her dance. But her youthful innocence intoxicates everyone around her.

Or she could be purposefully teasing the people in looking for her king. She starts a fire inside of these people in the dance floor and she leaves them when she can’t find her King.

The chorus repeats once more and the song draws to an end. This is one of those songs you can enjoy at anytime of the day and at any stage of your life. The song has survived the test of time for over four decades and will continue to do so.

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