Meaning of “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” by ABBA

“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” is a song performed by the famous Swedish pop group ABBA. In the song, the narrator (Agnetha Fältskog) talks about the life of a young woman who lives a very lonely life. The woman, who dislikes her loneliness, spends her life longing for a companion to make her life more meaningful and pleasant. She even goes on to compare her life to the seemingly happy lives of movie stars and laments at the sharp contrast between hers and theirs.

Simply put, the song is about a lonely woman who not only dreads her loneliness but also longs for love.

Lyrics of Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) by ABBA

Facts about “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”

  • The song was co-written by ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. The pair also produced “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!”
  • The song was released officially on October 2, 1979 as a single from the band’s 1979 compilation album titled Greatest Hits Vol. 2. The song also on another compilation album Gold: Greatest Hits which was released on September 21, 1992. The album went on to sell over 30 million albums worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.
  • ABBA member Agnetha Fältskog sang the lead vocals on the song.
  • The song’s initial title was “Been and Gone and Done It”.
  • This song, which is one of ABBA’s most successful songs, reached number 1 in several countries including Switzerland, Belgium and France. On the UK Singles Chart, it peaked at number 3.
  • Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! was ABBA’s biggest hit in Japan, where it peaked at number 17.
  • The song’s music video was shot in Sweden and directed by multiple award-winning director, producer and writer Sebastian Reed.
  • The BBC television sitcom Gimme Gimme Gimme inspired by this song. In addition to that, the sitcom’s theme music is a cover of the song.
  • The song was later recorded in Spanish and given the title “¡Dame! ¡Dame! ¡Dame!”. This version was featured in ABBA’s 1980 Spanish-language studio album titled Gracias Por La Música.

 

What musical genre is “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”?

It is a disco song.

Which artists have covered “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!”?

American singer and songwriter Madonna heavily sampled this song on her 2005 hit single “Hung Up”. Madonna reportedly personally wrote to the writers of the song (Andersson and Ulvaeus) for permission to use the song. Lyrically, Madonna’s “Hung Up” has a theme very similar to ABBA’s Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

For your information, numerous artists often contact ABBA to sample their songs, however, ABBA often doesn’t grant permission. But according to Andersson, when Madonna approached them to sample the song, they said “yes” because they admired her. Speaking with the BBC, Madonna said Andersson and Ulvaeus only allowed her to use the song only after she agreed to give them a significant percentage of the revenue the song made from airplays and sales.

This was the second ABBA song to have been sampled. The first ABBA song to have been sampled was their 1977 hit “The Name of the Game”, which was sampled by the American hip hop group Fugees on their 1996 song “Rumble in the Jungle”.

 

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