ABBA – I Still Have Faith in You | Lyrics Meaning Explained
“I Still Have Faith in You” is the lead single from ABBA’s 2021 album ‘Voyage.’ In the song, ABBA talks directly to their fans from decades ago. The group still has faith in their fans to welcome them back, while the group wonders if they have the same appeal and spark they had back in their glory days.
ABBA announced their long-awaited ninth studio album ‘Voyage’ to be released on November 5, 2021. This is ABBA’s first album in 39 years, following their 1981 hit ‘The Visitors.’ In 1982, the band broke off due to personal disputes among the members. Although the members shortly reunited in 2016, 2021 marks their definitive comeback to music. ABBA is one of the best-selling groups in history with sales of over 150 million units worldwide.
“I Still Have Faith in You” was released alongside “Don’t Shut Me Down,” the second single off the album. This song, too, tackles a similar topic of having doubts about being accepted by their fans after such a long hiatus from music.
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ABBA “I Still Have Faith in You” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
ABBA seems to convey to their fans that they still believe in all of us. ABBA ruled the music charts over 4 decades ago, and their return is both a surprise and a much-needed change of pace in the music game. But the members must be going through a whirlpool of emotions coming back to an entirely different game.
I see it now
Through all these years that faith lives on, somehow
There are generations of people who grew up with the music of ABBA. They enticed the world with massive hits such as “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” “I Have a Dream,” “Fernando,” “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!,” and more. These generations of fans probably never did leave this music. ABBA must have seen that there still is some lust for their music among these fans.
It is truly fascinating that ABBA can return from a 39-year hiatus and still captivate an audience. ABBA calls it a union of heart and mind that is so rare to find.
The jitters rise up. ABBA wonders if they still have what it takes to make this massive return to music. They believe they do have it. But do the fans believe?
The memory of ABBA might be bittersweet among the fans. They provided some of the biggest and most memorable songs of a generation and they vanished. But they might be back for good.
In these lyrics, ABBA tries to shake off the jitters. They have to remind themselves who they were once–one of the biggest groups ever. They still are. The band has sold over an estimated 150 million records. This is when streaming was non-existent.
So, it makes sense that ABBA sings “How inconceivable it is to reach this far.”
In the third and final verse of the song, ABBA says it all comes down to love in the end. How much do the fans really love them! This is most likely not even a question that has to be raised. The group may have lived the highest levels of fame back then. But this was when everyone was on the ABBA train. Their return to music after 40 years will truly test the level of impact the group had on the fans.
It is quite surreal to hear that ABBA, one of the greatest musical acts the world has seen, feels this way to make a return to music. The band owes nothing to nobody.
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