ABBA Voyage

Donít Shut Me Down

A while ago I heard the
Sound of childrenís laughter
Now itís quiet, so I guess they left the park
This wooden bench is getting harder by the hour
The sun is going down, itís getting dark

I realize Iím cold
The rain begins to pour
As I watch the windows on the second floor
The lights are on, itís time to go
Itís time at last to let him know

I believe it would be fair to say
You look bewildered
And you wonder why Iím here today
And so you should I would
When I left I felt Iíd had enough
But in the shape and form I appear now
I have learned to cope
And love and hope
Is why I am here now

And now you see another me
Iíve been reloaded
Yea-ah, Iím fired up
Donít shut me down
Iím like a dream within a dream
Thatís been decoded
Iím fired up, Iím hot
Donít shut me down

Iím not the one you knew
Iím now and then combined
And Iím asking you to have an open mind now
(And I wonít be the same)
Iím not the same this time around
Iím fired up. donít shut me down

Will you leave me standing in the hall
Or let me enter
The apartment hasnít changed at all
I got to say Iím glad
Once these rooms were witness to our love
My tantrums and increasing frustration
But I go from mad
To not so bad
In my transformation

And now you see another me
Iíve been reloaded
Yea-ah, Iím fired up
Donít shut me down
Iím like a dream within a dream
Thatís been decoded
Iím fired up Iím hot
Donít shut me down

Iím not the one you knew
Iím now and then combined
And Iím asking you to have an open mind now
(And I wonít be the same)
Iím not the same this time around
Iím fired up, donít shut me down

You asked me not to leave
Well, here I am again
And I love you still and so I wonít pretend
I have learned to cope
And love and hope
Is why I am here now

© 2021 Universal/Union Songs MuskfŲrlag AS

Benny Andersson/BjŲrn Ulvaeus

Piano and Synthesizers Benny Andersson
Drums Per Lindvall
Guitars Lasse Wellander

Stockholm Concert Orchestra, Orchestrator/Conductor GŲran Arnberg

Recorded at RMV Studios, Stockholm 2017
Mixed at Mono Music Studios, Stockholm by Benny Andersson and Bernard LŲhr 2017/2021
Sound engineer/ProTools programming Bernard LŲhr
Assistant engineers Linn Fijal & Vilma Colling
Mastering at Cutting Room by BjŲrn Engelmann

Coordinator GŲrel Hanser

Associate Producer BjŲrn Ulvaeus

Design by Baillie Walsh

Produced and Arranged by Benny Andersson

Don't Shut Me Down

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