The Name Of The Game
by ABBA

Album: The Album (1977)
Charted: 1 12
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  • I've seen you twice, in a short time
    Only a week since we started
    It seems to me, for every time
    I'm getting more open-hearted

    I was an impossible case
    No-one ever could reach me
    But I think I can see in your face
    There's a lot you can teach me
    So I wanna know

    What's the name of the game?
    Does it mean anything to you?
    What's the name of the game?
    Can you feel it the way I do?
    Tell me please, 'cause I have to know
    I'm a bashful child, beginning to grow

    And you make me talk
    And you make me feel
    And you make me show
    What I'm trying to conceal
    If I trust in you, would you let me down?
    Would you laugh at me, if I said I care for you?
    Could you feel the same way too?
    I wanna know

    The name of the game

    I have no friends, no-one to see
    And I am never invited
    Now I am here, talking to you
    No wonder I get excited

    Your smile, and the sound of your voice
    And the way you see through me
    Got a feeling, you give me no choice
    But it means a lot to me
    So I wanna know

    What's the name of the game? (Your smile and the sound of your voice)
    Does it mean anything to you? (Got a feeling you give me no choice)
    (But it means a lot)
    What's the name of the game? (Your smile and the sound of your voice)
    Can you feel it the way I do?
    Tell me please, 'cause I have to know
    I'm a bashful child, beginning to grow

    And you make me talk
    And you make me feel
    And you make me show
    What I'm trying to conceal
    If I trust in you, would you let me down?
    Would you laugh at me, if I said I care for you?
    Could you feel the same way too?
    I wanna know
    Oh yes I wanna know

    The name of the game (I was an impossible case)
    Does it mean anything to you? (But I think I can see in your face)
    (That it means a lot)
    What's the name of the game? (Your smile and the sound of your voice)
    Can you feel it the way I do? (Got a feeling you give me no choice)
    (But it means a lot)
    What's the name of the game? (I was an impossible case)
    Does it mean anything to you? (But I think I can see in your face)
    (That it means a lot) Writer/s: Benny Goran Bror Andersson, Bjoern K Ulvaeus, Stig Erik Leopold Anderson
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 5

  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenI hated the fact that the single release lopped an entire verse off the song. It never sounded right, since the refrain still referenced the missing verse ("Your smile and the sound of your voice...").
  • Aiken Nutz from Tahlequah OkMy late mom was a huge ABBA fan starting with their #1 Dancing Queen when mom was younger. Later, I became a fan listening to mom's LP/singles collection from the 60s and onward. Especially, the ABBA records she accumulated. Now, I realize that ABBA didn't release a lot of their international hits in the USA & it was difficult to hear their songs on the radio at various times. This hit is one I missed. Then when their CD "ABBA--#1s" came out I found this jewel. The tempo gets into your soul & the lyrics are great. A big jewel indeed !!
  • Dane from Green Cove Springs Fla., Fl"and you make me show what I'm trying to conceal..."So awesome.Ultra sweet harmonies.It still melts my brain 30+ years later.
  • Charles from Charlotte, NcThis song made it to no. 12 in the US.
  • Don from San Antonio, TxABBA were robbed from the top spot on this one. I remember it WAS rare to hear it on the radio, and when it was played it was pure bliss.
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