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    The story of one song "Happy New Year"


    In January 1980, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, the male half of the quartet ABBA, flew to Barbados. Tours and hate speech ( to prevent it working on new songs ) , they still decided to take a break and met on vacation John Cleese of " Monty Python " . Headed Swedes then the idea of the musical " The Meaning of Life " , the plot of which a group of people gather in a small room for the New Year and discuss global issues such as the meaning of life and an uncertain future. Being fans Cleese , they offered him to write the libretto - but the comic story, if not interested , and then he did and flew to Los Angeles. Benny and Bjorn went home and recorded as collectors recording facts about pop groups "as close to Christmas " song - "Happy New Year ".


    As close as possible , of course , by the standards themselves ABBA - no bells and strange goodness secular Christmas, no choir and sublime joy religious. This song is not about Christmas and the new year, so instead of all this - a bitter smile after the ball , and not the most convincing optimism : To paraphrase a famous singer , can be summed up the meaning of the song - it was not a good year , the next will be good. Nevertheless , "will" , - also conditional: it still says that happiness can only be forthcoming and not the fact that he was coming. Working title - according to legend, it was : " Dad, do not get drunk on Christmas . "


    "Happy New Year " and could not get into the album - its chip , the idea of a musical, originally wanted to release the single , but the last time she did it on the album. On the one and not get an awesome story : it was published only in some countries and for a long time , the song was not recognized as a hit - historical justice was restored in 1999, when " Happy New Year " went over and took the first place in the charts . Nevertheless , the approach of the millennium was more important than the eighty- ninth year, the song says .


    Benny Andersson in an interview , said that this song is about fear of the future , which could be worse than what we have now - and the song encourages him not to be afraid and to look forward to .


    "Happy New Year " , the output of the second version of the clip after 19 years can be considered as recognition of the success of the song , words that do not lose their relevance today. Years go by , and the second is such an awesome song about the New Year has not appeared.

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