ABBA Waterloo: Meaning of the lyrics and why the UK gave it 'nul points' at Eurovision


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ABBA Waterloo: Meaning of the lyrics and why the UK gave it 'nul points' at Eurovision

The lyrics were written by ABBA’s manager Stig Anderson and famously open with one of the most unlikely lines in pop history.

Waterloo starts: “My, my, At Waterloo, Napoleon did surrender. Oh yeah, And I have met my destiny in quite a similar way.”

The song is referring to the famous Battle of Waterloo, which took place on Sunday, June 18, 1815, near the Belgian town of the same name.

Napoleon Bonaparte and his French forces were defeated by two armies – a Prussian army and another, commanded by the Duke of Wellington, which combined troops from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Hanover, Brunswick, and Nassau. 

So why would a pop song merrily talk about a bloody battle which killed almost 50,000 people?

COMING UP: WATCH ABBA BACKSTAGE WAITING FOR THE FINAL VOTES BEFORE GOING ON TO PERFORM THEIR WINNING SONG AND SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH WHO THE UK JURY GAVE THEIR TOP VOTES TO


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