Meaning of “Fernando” by ABBA
Fernando is a song by the pop group ABBA. The lyrics of Fernando are about two friends, one of whom is called Fernando. These friends, who were once freedom fighters, on a starry night, share their memories of a guerilla war they fought in several years ago in Mexico.
That said, it is worth taking note of the fact that the song, which was recorded in three different languages (Swedish, English and Spanish), has different lyrics and meanings. The Swedish-language version of the song, which was the original version, has lyrics that deal with love. It is basically about a man named Fernando who has lost his love and is being consoled by the singer. According to Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA, he wasn’t too impressed with that love theme of the lyrics of the Swedish version of Fernando since he found it too “banal”. Owing to this, he decided to change it into something more profound, hence the birth of the very moving story of the two freedom fighters reminiscing about the war they participated in when they were young.
The lyrics of the Spanish language version of Fernando have the same meaning as the lyrics of the English language version of the song. The only difference is that the lyrics are in Spanish.
Facts about “Fernando”
- Fernando was written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA and the group’s manager Stig Anderson.
- Stig Anderson wrote the lyrics of the Swedish language version of the song.
- Benny and Björn handled the production of the song.
- The working title of the song was Tango.
- The name “Fernando”, which eventually became the title of the song, was given to the band by Peter Forbes who worked as their driver.
- Fernando sold over 10 million copies across the globe, making it one of the most successful singles in the entire history of music. It is also one of ABBA’s biggest hits.
- The song (the Swedish version) was first released by ABBA member Anni-Frid Lyngstad as a single from her second solo studio album titled Frida ensam (which in English means Frida Alone) in 1975.
- The song reached number one in several countries across the world, including the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Australia. On the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at number 13.
Frequently Asked Questions about “Fernando”
Q: Did Fernando win a Grammy Award?
A: Despite being one of the world’s most successful singles ever released, the song was never nominated for a Grammy Award. The only major award it won was the “Best Studio Recording of 1975” prize, which was also the first international honor of the group’s career.
Q: Which films and TV series has this song appeared in?
A: The song has appeared in such films as 1977’s ABBA: The Movie, 1993’s The Adventures of Priscilla , Queen of the Desert, and 1994’s Muriel’s Wedding. With regard to television series, Fernando has been used in a number of TV series, including on Epidemiology, the sixth episode of the American comedy television series Community and Water Park, episode 16 of season 1 of the American hit television sitcom Malcolm in the Middle.
Q: Which artists have covered “Fernando”?
A: Several recording acts have covered this song since it came out in the 1970s. Some of these artists include Ramón Orlando, Perla, Lotta Engberg, Audrey Landers, E-Rotic, the Olsen Brothers, and Pamela McNeill.