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ABBA – Suzy-Hang-Around (1974)

Heard this for the first time last night and, endless plays later, it is elevated into the pantheon of the bestmusicofalltime ….

This is ABBA playing Big Star: chiming guitars, killer harmonies and a song about the travails of childhood … (check here for Big Star’s “Thirteen” for comparison).

At first blush, the lyrics, below,  might be interpreted as a rather twee story of a nine year old girl not getting to play with her friends. However, this is clearly a searing critique of the endemic problem of school bullying in Sweden in the mid 1970s – a cry for help on behalf of a lost generation. Probably.

Anyone, it’s a stunning pop song; Benny Andersson’s finest moment?

Look for a friend of your own, Suzy-hang-around
Better come back when you’re grown, Suzy-hang-around
Nobody wants you around here and that’s for sure
So get off our playground and stay away
That’s all that we’ve got to say
Suzy-hang-around

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