A Mexican man named Fernando Gongora claimed that he provided the title to this song. According to Gongora, in 1974 he was working at the El Matador hotel in Acapulco when a minor earthquake hit. (These quakes are common to the area, but freak out tourists.) In Gongora's account, Abba was staying in the hotel and ran to their balcony, where they were going to jump into the swimming pool below. Gongora told them that the earthquake had stopped, and they should not jump. "I told them 'I'm Fernando,' they told me 'we're ABBA,'" he said in the Long Beach newspaper Beachcomber
. "They told me some day I'm going to hear from the them. Many times, people would send you a postcard, thanks, we appreciate you or your service. A friend from Canada called me. 'Fernando, did you hear the song 'Fernando.'' When I heard it, I knew they thought I helped save their life before they jumped. They were using my name, 'can you hear those drums Fernando?' That's the noise of the earthquake."