When All Is Said And Done
by ABBA

Album: The Visitors (1981)
Charted: 27
  • Here's to us one more toast and then we'll pay the bill
    Deep inside both of us can feel the autumn chill
    Birds of passage, you and me
    We fly instinctively
    When the summer's over and the dark clouds hide the sun
    Neither you nor I'm to blame when all is said and done

    In our lives we have walked some strange and lonely treks
    Slightly worn but dignified and not too old for sex
    We're still striving for the sky
    No taste for humble pie
    Thanks for all your generous love and thanks for all the fun
    Neither you nor I'm to blame when all is said and done

    It's so strange when you're down and lying on the floor
    How you rise, shake your head, get up and ask for more
    Clear-headed and open-eyed
    With nothing left untried
    Standing calmly at the crossroads,no desire to run
    There's no hurry any more when all is said and done

    Standing calmly at the crossroads,no desire to run
    There's no hurry any more when all is said and done

Comments: 7

  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenI usually preferred songs with Agnetha singing lead, but this one was an exception, especially compared with "The Winner Takes It All," which has very weak lyrics.

    I'm sure it wasn't meant to reflect the state of the group at the time, but since they broke up shortly after it came out, that's what it came to symbolize.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 3rd 1982, "When All Is Said and Done" by ABBA entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on March 7th it peaked at #27 (for 2 weeks) and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100...
    Between 1974 and 1982 the quartet had twenty Top 100 hits; with four making the Top 10 and one reaching #1 ("Dancing Queen" for 1 one week in 1977).
  • Jerro from New Alexandria, PaABBA's hit "The Winner Takes It All" covers the break-up of Agnetha and Björn, while "When All Is Said and Done" covers the break-up of Frida and Benny. I honestly don't understand why this song, "When All Is Said and Done," didn't become a hit anywhere except for the US and Australia (very minor) and Mexico. Although "The Winner Takes It All" was a bigger hit, I actually believe this song is much better. While "The Winner Takes It All" is about wondering why the relationship ended and missing the loved one, this song is about realizing that the magic in the relationship is over and parting with dignity, while saying, "Although we can't be together anymore, I'll always cherish the wonderful memories you've given me and I wish nothing but all the love and happiness in the world." Some people may disagree with me, but that's the impression I have.
  • Bratt Pid from Algiers, Algeria"the end of a relationship",i always doubt of that meaning even if bjorn and frida put it .
    the lyrics talk to every people who struggle for success and for dignity against agressors.and humility and mercy.
  • Bill from Charlotte, Nc ---usa, NcThis song(When all is said and done) tells the story of my life.I think it hits on most people that has lived a responsible life.Great song!!!!
  • Miles from Vancouver, CanadaSomehow, I think this song may have been influenced by Bruce Springsteen. A lot of instrumentation sounds very much like the E Street Band.
  • Ron from Auburndale, FlIt always irked me that this song only hit number 27 on the charts. It was such a good song, I could never understand why it didn't do better.
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