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Chiquitita by ABBA

Album: Voulez-VousReleased: 1979Charted:
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  • Originally, this was called "In The Arms Of Rozellita." Bjorn Ulvaeus, who wrote the song, liked the title but couldn't find a matching story, so it became "Chiquitita." (thanks, royi - Rishon Le Zion, Israel)
  • ABBA performed this song in 1979 at the Music for UNICEF Concert. ABBA donated half the proceeds from the song to UNICEF. (thanks, Vineeta - Rockville, MD)
  • Chiquitita, in Spanish, means "Very Little Girl." (thanks, Kyre - Atlanta, GA)
  • To facilitate a breakthrough in South America, ABBA recorded a Spanish-language version of this song, despite the fact the band had never learned the language. The Swedes sang the song phonetically and their efforts enhanced their popularity in a number of Latin America countries.
  • This song reached #1 in Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Rhodesia, South Africa, Spain and Switzerland. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA)
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Comments: 26

Making somebody happy is a question of give and fake
You can learn how to show it so come on, give yourself a snake
Every smile and every little touch
Don't you know that they mean so much
you make me want to go on a bender
and kiss you on the fender

Like a bang, a boom-a-boomerang
Dum-be-dum-dum be-dum-be-dum-dum
Oh bang, a boom-a-boomerang
Love is a tune you hum-de-hum-hum
So give it away, I think you'll learn
You'll get love in return
So bang, a boom-a-boomerang is love
A boom-a-boomerang is love

Love is always around and you can look for it anywhere
When you feel that you've found it my advice is to take good care
Never use it as a selfish tool
Never ever be such a fool
Every feeling you're showing
Is a boomerang you're throwing

Yes a bang, a boom-a-boomerang
Dum-be-dum-dum be-dum-be-dum-dum
Oh bang, a boom-a-boomerang
Love is a tune you hum-de-hum-hum
So give it away, I think you'll learn
You'll get love in return
So bang, a boom-a-boomerang is love

And if you're warm and tender
I'll kiss you, return to sender
Please surrender

Bang, a boom-a-boomerang
Dum-be-dum-dum be-dum-be-dum-dum
Oh bang, a boom-a-boomerang is love.
Chicken Joe - Cairns, Australia
I am ashamed that my nation is not as appreciative of the great ABBA, as other nations are. Rock lovers here, in Seattle, do not care for ABBA, except women and gays.Dc - Bellevue, Wa
watch?v=QTG0v07id9c this YT video shows the both sides of the mix you can hear Frida's response to Agnetha.Michael - Las Vegas, Nv
If there's one thing I find frustrating, it's indecipherable lyrics. Listen carefully to the part where she sings "you are always sure of yourself, now I see you've broken a feather"
After she says the word "feather" you can hear someone (agnetha?) softly singing some extra vocals, has anyone managed to work out what she's singing? It doesn't appear in any of the lyrics pages for the song that I can find, is she saying something in Swedish? I wish we could somehow get in touch with agnetha so we can ask her what it is?
Cheers.
Stephen - Melbourne, Australia
I read somewhere that this song is about one of their maids? is this true any confirmations?Daniel Wheeler - Tulsa, Ok
i remember it from my childhood, so sweet, a treasure in history. Thank u, ABBA.Patti - San Antonio, Tx
Does anyone think that the melodies of this song and ABBA's song "Fernando" sound similar in some ways?Jerro - New Alexandria, Pa
this song is good but dancing queen is betterDion - Millom, United Kingdom
No I think this song was intended for Agneta and bjourn's daughter Linda that's what I think at the time they were going through a divorceBrian - Madison , Wi
I really like this song even, especaly the Mama Mia version, I find that one funny.Breanna - Henderson, Nv
1.- "Chiquitita" is a spanish word for very little girl, a baby girl, the last letter "a" gives the gender. It would be "o" for a boy.
2.- In this case, is used by a mother to talk with lots of tenderness to her daughter... to a mother, she will always be her baby girl.
3.- It is a beautiful song (my favorite), not only for the music, but for the fact that it was written by a mother to her daughter on her first love deception.
Sandra - Monterrey, Mexico
ABBA sung in Spanish but doesn't ever learned the language.Kevin López - Antofagasta, Chile
This is the only song by Abba to feature a 5/4 bar, which occurs twice in the chorus.Colin - London, United Kingdom
The lyrics are not thaaaaaat great, but the music of this song is one of the best ever.Nuri - Moron, Argentina
"Chiquitita" is, indeed, a spanish word. It means something like "very little girl". Let's see... In spanish language, nouns have gender (strange, isn't it?). So "Chica" is female for "little", (but you could also translate it just as "girl"). "Chiquita" is "little girl", and often means "(female) kid)". "Chiquitita" is "very little girl", and you can be talking about a baby girl... or maybe just talking with tenderness... Ok, now you have learned something new today :PHarold - San Jose, Other
In the ABBA musical Mamma Mia this is sung to the mother Donna by two of her former bandmates when she gets really upset and hides under the covers.
It's a pretty funny scene.
Sara - Silver Spring, Md
I love this song. To me, ABBA is a wonderufl land of wonderfullness!Rebecca - Houston, Tx
Well, when a former girlfriend was born, on the radio this song was playing... pretty cool, huh?Axel - Mexico, Mexico
I heard this ABBA's song in spanish when I was 13?and it ¡really liked me! .Of course,"Chiquitita" refers to a very little girl. What a song!

Jesús Bórquez,Hermosillo Sonora
Jesús - Hermosillo, Mexico
When I grew up I thought they were singing about chiquita bananas. It didn't quite make sense. Now, a few years later, I realize Chiquitita is a lady's name. How funny, isn't it?! :-)Roy - Mesa, Az
Sounds like they're singing about "Chicken Tikka"Dan - Derby, England
Wow, this song is beautiful! It was a big hit in Mexico.Juan Loire - Vallarta, Mexico
This song sucks big time, not only that, they even recorded a version in Spanish...eeeecccckkkk!!Bernard - Caracas, South America
...one of my favorite songs.i agree with nicola.this one is about true friendships.if not mistaken, "Chiquitita" is a spanish word.Bivel Dan Djoko - Cimahi, Indonesia
Bleeeecccch. I like ABBA, but I hate this one.Wes - Springfield, Va
This song has some meaning, and it is very soothing.And it is about friendships.Nicola - London, England