Meaning of “Does Your Mother Know” by ABBA

Does Your Mother Know is a song performed by the legendary pop group from Sweden, ABBA. The lyrics of the song are about a man trying to rebuff the flirty advances from a younger girl he meets. The man, who is obviously much older than the girl, tells her that despite the fact she’s, among others, “so hot” and “cute”, he’d not want to take a chance on her simply because she’s too young. He goes on to advice her against what she’s doing and asks her whether her mother is aware that she’s not at home.

Does Your Mother Know lyrics

Facts about “Does Your Mother Know”

  • The song was written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA. The pair also produced the song at the famed Polar Music Studios in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Does Your Mother Know was released in April 1979 as the second single from ABBA’s sixth studio album titled Voulez-Vous.
  • Björn Ulvaeus sang lead vocals on this track.
  • Contrary to popular belief, this song isn’t the only ABBA single to not feature the lead vocals of the two female members of the group (Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog).
  • The working title of the song was I Can Do It.
  • Does Your Mother Know was commercially successful in several countries countries across the globe, including Belgium, where it reached number 1. It peaked at number 4 and number 19 in the UK Singles Chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 respectively.
  • In the 2003 British spy comedy film Johnny English, Rowan Atkinson’s character Johnny English sang the song.

Frequently Asked Questions about “Does Your Mother Know”

Q: Is the song based on an event that happened in the life of any of the two male members of ABBA?

A: While none of the members of ABBA have said that this song is autobiographical, it is worth noting that it is very common for young girls to throw themselves at bands and musicians, especially successful ones. And being one of the most successful pop groups of all time, the male members of ABBA, Andersson and Ulvaeus constantly had to deal with female groupies all the time.

Q: Which genre does this song fall under?

A: It falls under the following genres: disco and pop rock.

Q: Which artists/bands have covered/sampled/remixed this song?

A: The song has been covered by such recording acts as Smudge, The Restars, Rajaton, Ash, Liberator and Dizzee Rascal.

Q: Did “Does Your Mother Know” win a Grammy Award?

A: No.

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