Eagle
by ABBA

Album: The Album (1977)

Songfacts®:

  • Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus wrote most of their songs with an eye on the singles charts, including this heavily produced orchestrated track, although it was not marketed as such in the US or UK. The album version runs to 5 minutes 51 seconds, and is the longest ABBA song ever released. There were various radio edits: in Japan, the 1978 single which was released on the Disco Mate label (backed by "Thank You For The Music") ran to 4 minutes 25 seconds and reached only #62 in the chart.

    The Spanish release, on Carnaby, ran to 3 minutes 36 seconds, and failed to chart. In Holland, it was released on Polydor, ran to 4 minutes 26 seconds, and reached #4.
  • The theme of the song is similar to that of "Paloma Blanca," "Skyline Pigeon" and countless other songs where birds feature in the title or the lyrics, though "Eagle" had a more specific inspiration. In Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of ABBA it is revealed as the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull, of which Björn said: "I was trying to capture the sense of freedom that I got from reading that book." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2
  • Although this song could not match the success of the majority of ABBA's hits, it managed to reach the Top 10 in Netherlands and West Germany and topped the charts in Belgium. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Jerro - New Alexandria, PA

Comments: 6

  • George from Vancouver, CanadaThe beauty is that it's left to all of us to interpret it within our own frameworks of understanding. A beautiful song -- I myself don't try to derive a meaning -- it's just a super beautiful harmony of voice & instruments. Always lifts me up, to listen to the extended version. I'm inclined to agree with Mark from London that it's a love song -- I can feel the love while listening.
  • Mark from LondonIt is simply a love song. It speaks of an intimate connection to someone and how it makes them feel. The give-away lyric is "As all good friends we talk all night, and we fly wing to wing".
  • Tc from UkNo idea what this song is about! Aliens? But I think I want it played at my funeral. I see it as flying through the sky. Beautiful.
  • Crüe from Chelmsford, United KingdomInitially I thought it was about the bird but the more I hear it the more I consider it is about beings from another planet.
    Regardless...this song made my dad cry.
    I was considering having it as my funeral song. Beautiful.
  • Graham from St.helens, United KingdomThis must be one of ABBA's most under-rated songs, soaring harmonies, great guitar, leaves me relaxed and uplifted every time I hear it.
  • Jarod from Perth, AustraliaWhenever i heard this song, i always thought it was about a native to an un-industrialized nation that hears about stories from their colonizers about "Eagles" (aeroplanes), and dreams of flying around the world, just like they say.

    "They speak strangely but i understand them"
    "they came flying from far away"

    lovely song - just my interpretation...
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