The Day Before You Came (5:50)

Cover of The Visitors

From The Visitors and 51 other releases

According to Songfacts, The Day Before You Came was recorded and mixed on August 20, 1982, with the working title of “The Suffering Bird” featuring lead vocals by Agnetha Fältskog. It was the last song that ABBA ever recorded together. According to Michael Tretow, ABBA’s long-time sound engineer, Fältskog sang her lead without the lights on. He added that the mood in the studio was sad and everybody knew that it was the end.

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I must have left my house at eight because I always do
My train, I'm certain, left the station just when it was due
I must have read the morning paper going into town
And having gotten through The Editorial, no doubt I must have frowned

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  • toffea

    Good version by Blancmange .....

    26 Jul 2:01pm Reply
  • halo_dm2

    I really think that ABBA saved the best for last.

    10 Apr 10:49pm Reply
  • Tony--

    I always come back for this song, over and over again. Definitely best ABBA song. Have so much feelings for it.

    1 Apr 8:05am Reply
  • bicknor

    Hmm one can construe an underlying tenor of menace to the lyrics........... or one of romance. Ambivalence rules here, one feels, and 'keinenglisch', below, is right, I feel, to suppose Abba were moving into even more complex, and interesting songs and music.

    22 Mar 3:35pm Reply
  • NitaD1

    Kinda weird for them but it's a great song!!

    16 Mar 7:00pm Reply
  • Igor_Luque

    Fantastic.

    7 Feb 2:02am Reply
  • vanilla_boy1

    Sad and pretty

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Spill-T

    I really like that theory about "you" being the narrator's murderer.

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • keinenglisch

    I find this song fascinating. I'd love to know who/what Bjorn had in mind as the "you" when he penned the lyrics. One theory I've read is that the song is told through the eyes of a ghost reflecting on her last day of life, the "you" being her murderer. It's easy to fall into the trap of believing that it's a love song with the singer reliving the final humdrum day before the arrival of a life-changing romance, but I hear no hint of hope in either the lyrics or the production. I can't help feeling that whatever "you" was, it wasn't very nice. It's a shame ABBA finished with The Visitors and the 1982 singles: they were starting to move beyond just making amazing music into making interesting music (there's a difference). The Visitors (song), Soldiers, I Let The Music Speak, Like An Angel Passing Through My Room, The Day Before You Came and Cassandra stand out.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Cosmique78

    That's FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was the very, very last recording ABBA ever did as a band. Although "Under attack" was released after "The day befor you came", it was recorded some time before.

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • biadlon

    Hmm, well... it was uncool, very very uncool to like ABBA as a boy then. It was... But this is such a great song, I love it, I always will

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Maateus

    muito amor ♥

    17 Jan 2013 Reply
  • bobgreen623

    I became a bit Abba'd out a few years ago, but this is by far my favourite of their songs. It's quite disturbing, the description of a mundane life before 'you' came. Who is 'you'? It's never stated that it was a sudden head-over-heels rush of a new lover, it coiuld equally be someone's life flashing before there eyes at the onset of an extremely traumatic event, or it could, given the uncertain nature of the recollections, be about something like extreme depression...

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • richardmcnick

    love this song...........A love song without mentioning the word "LOVE" who else can write better lyrics than this now a days......Honest and real all this coming from band that were always "out of the ordinary" how did they do it.

    27 Nov 2012 Reply
  • DECYMY

    I don't know why but I think Lady GaGa could cover that song.

    12 Oct 2012 Reply
  • GPX

    Love the lyrics (and the song) Great way of describing the mundane.My favorite bit: "And stopped along the way to buy some chinese food to go I'm sure I had my dinner watching something on tv There's not, I think, a single episode of dallas that I didn't see "

    29 Jul 2012 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    There's something so unnerving about the lyrics and the cold synths.

    6 Jul 2012 Reply
  • halo_dm2

    183,044 Scrobbles, 49,744 Listeners. You’ve scrobbled this track 100 times. You first scrobbled it on 10 Dec 2010. You love this track.

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Tag1955

    Remember the 1st time i heard this on Top of The Pops and this was by far the best thing, i realised how fuckin great this Band was.Just Pop Perfection.The Lyrics are their most quotable Wonderful and yes i've been in love with Agnetha ever since

    3 Jun 2012 Reply
  • KRainford

    My number one Abba song by far

    12 Mar 2012 Reply
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