Today in 1976 ABBA start recording “Knowing Me, Knowing You”

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Melancholy to the extreme, ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ was one of ABBA’s most successful and enduring ballads, dealing with the end of a relationship but being written before the divorce of the two couples that made up the group. So well written yet simple lyrically, the vocals are sad yet retain a sense of purpose and confidence in what the lyrics are saying: it’s never easy, she knows, but she has to go.

Benny called “Knowing Me Knowing You” one of ABBA’s five best recordings and it is a favorite among fans as well. The sleeve pic of the single was taken late 1976 showing the ABBA members in a cuddly mood.

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Music video by Abba performing Knowing Me, Knowing You. (C) 1976 Polar Music International AB. The music video depicts the band against various colored backdrops singing while facing each other, turning away as a new line is sung. At the end of the video, the band’s female members are seen walking away through thick snow. The video was directed by future Academy Award nominee Lasse Hallström and is a landmark in his career alongside most other videos of the band which were directed by him.

“Knowing Me, Knowing You” was recorded in 1976 at the Metronome studio in Stockholm and was released as a single in February 1977, becoming one of the group’s most successful hits. The B-side was “Happy Hawaii”, an arrangement of another ABBA song, “Why Did It Have to Be Me?”, but with a different lead vocalist and lyrics. “Knowing Me, Knowing You” was one of the first ABBA songs to deal with the break-up of a relationship, though with an upbeat quality to the music.

It predates the divorces of the ABBA members, as well as further break-up songs to come: “The Winner Takes It All”, “One of Us” and “When All Is Said and Done”. Group member Benny Andersson named “Knowing Me, Knowing You” as one of ABBA’s best recordings in a 2004 interview, along with “Dancing Queen”, “The Winner Takes It All” and “When I Kissed the Teacher”. “Conociéndome, Conociéndote” is the Spanish-language version of the song. It was included in the compilation Oro: Grandes Éxitos released in 1993.

Knowing Me, Knowing You Lyrics
Artist: ABBA
Album: Arrival
Genre: Rock

No more carefree laughter
Silence ever after

Walking through an empty house, tears in my eyes
Here is where the story ends, this is goodbye

Knowing me, knowing you, there is nothing we can do
Knowing me, knowing you
We just have to face it, this time we’re through
Breaking up is never easy, I know but I have to go
Knowing me, knowing you it’s the best I can do

Mem’ries, good days, bad days
They’ll be with me always

Now there’s only emptiness, nothing to say

Knowing me, knowing you, there is nothing we can do
Knowing me, knowing you
We just have to face it, this time we’re through
Breaking up is never easy, I know but I have to go
Knowing me, knowing you it’s the best I can do

Knowing me, knowing you, there is nothing we can do
Knowing me, knowing you
We just have to face it, this time we’re through
Breaking up is never easy, I know but I have to go
Knowing me, knowing you it’s the best I can do