The Day Before You Came

Album: The Singles: The First Ten Years (1982)
Charted: 32
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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

    I must have made my desk around a quarter after nine
    With letters to be read, and heaps of papers waiting to be signed
    I must have gone to lunch at half past twelve or so
    The usual place, the usual bunch
    And still on top of this I'm pretty sure it must have rained
    The day before you came

    I must have lit my seventh cigarette at half past two
    And at the time I never even noticed I was blue
    I must have kept on dragging through the business of the day
    Without really knowing anything, I hid a part of me away

    At five I must have left, there's no exception to the rule
    A matter of routine, I've done it ever since I finished school
    The train back home again
    Undoubtedly I must have read the evening paper then
    Oh yes, I'm sure my life was well within it's usual frame
    The day before you came

    I must have opened my front door at eight o'clock or so
    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

    I must have gone to bed around a quarter after ten
    I need a lot of sleep, and so I like to be in bed by then
    I must have read a while
    The latest one by Marilyn French or something in that style
    It's funny, but I had no sense of living without aim
    The day before you came

    And turning out the light
    I must have yawned and cuddled up for yet another night
    And rattling on the roof I must have heard the sound of rain
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Comments: 2

  • Jim from London, United KingdomYeah a really cool song, but I've always thought that this song is pretty uplifting, like his/her life was pretty mundane and predictable until the other person entered their life... even though it is sung by both Abba and Blancmange in a kind of sad, melancholy way.
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaLove it! Another great song from Abba, in a more ethereal style than usual. I had no idea it was the last one they recorded together. That just adds to the atmospheric feel of the song.
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