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Musical Monday (2022/08/08) Cassandra

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I confess I’m an ABBA fan – particularly their later songs. I had a fondness for the upbeat style and fashion sense of the early ABBA era (hey don’t knock it. 70’s fashion may seem strange today, but back then it was all the rage), but my fondness of their music increased as their style became less disco-ish, less party-ish. I have a number of ABBA CDs, mostly compilations, including ABBA Gold, and still play them regularly.

Cassandra is one of my favourite ABBA songs (there are many). It tells the pain of Cassandra on the day after the sacking of Troy. She is a figure from Greek mythology who had been granted the gift of prophesy by Apollo as a token of his love for her. Cassandra spurned his advances, so not being able to take back his gift he added a curse that resulted in Cassandra’s prophesies never being believed.

A sad but beautiful song, Cassandra was released in October 1982 as the B side of their single The Day Before You Came, another favourite of mine.

Cassandra – ABBA, Lyrics and music: Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus
Cassandra

Down in the street, they're all singing and shouting,
Staying alive though the city is dead.
Hiding their shame behind hollow laughter,
While you are crying alone on your bed.
Pity Cassandra that no one believed you,
But then again you were lost from the start.
Now we must suffer and sell our secrets,
Bargain, playing smart, aching in our hearts.

Sorry Cassandra, I misunderstood
Now the last day is dawning.
Some of us wanted, but none of us would
Listen to words of warning.
But on the darkest of nights
Nobody knew how to fight
And we were caught in our sleep.
Sorry Cassandra, I didn't believe
You really had the power.
I only saw it as dreams you would weave
Until the final hour.

So in the morning your ship will be sailing,
Now that your father and sister are gone.
There is no reason for you to linger,
You're grieving deeply but still moving on.
You know the future is casting a shadow,
No one else sees it, but you know your fate.
Packing your bags, being slow and thorough,
Knowing, though you're late, that ship is sure to wait.

Sorry Cassandra, I misunderstood
Now the last day is dawning.
Some of us wanted, but none of us would
Listen to words of warning.
But on the darkest of nights
Nobody knew how to fight
And we were caught in our sleep.
Sorry Cassandra, I didn't believe
You really had the power.
I only saw it as dreams you would weave
Until the final hour.

I watched the ship leaving harbour at sunrise,
Sails almost slack in the cool morning rain.
She stood on deck, just a tiny figure.
Rigid and restrained, blue eyes filled with pain.

Sorry Cassandra, I misunderstood
Now the last day is dawning.
Some of us wanted, but none of us would
Listen to words of warning.
But on the darkest of nights
Nobody knew how to fight
And we were caught in our sleep.
Sorry Cassandra, I didn't believe
You really had the power.
I only saw it as dreams you would weave
Until the final hour.

I'm sorry Cassandra
I'm sorry Cassandra
I'm sorry Cassandra
I'm sorry Cassandra
I'm sorry Cassandra

Author: Barry

A post war baby boomer from Aotearoa New Zealand who has lived with migraines for as long as I can remember and discovered I am autistic at the age of sixty. I blog because in real life I'm somewhat backwards about coming forward with my opinions.

2 thoughts on “Musical Monday (2022/08/08) Cassandra

  1. I really only know the ABBA songs from the musical Mama Mia (which I mostly like). My wife and daughter consider themselves fans, but I don’t really ever hearing them play any of the music. Just when it comes on the radio. I’ll ask them if they know this song.

    • If I recall correctly, most of the songs in Mama Mia were from their earlier period, many being in a disco style. I much prefer their later songs, and I’ll probably include a few of them in Musical Mondays between now and the end of the year.

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