Written and composed by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, the lead vocal was sung by Agnetha Fältskog. Fältskog. as the narrator, weaves the image of a lonely young woman who longs for a romantic relationship and views her loneliness as forbidding darkness of night, even drawing parallels to how the happy endings of movie stars are so different from her own existence. The melody line of the song was played on an ARP Odyssey synthesizer.
'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)' was another highly successful song for ABBA. It hit Number 1 in Belgium, Finland, France, Ireland, and Switzerland, while reaching the Top 3 in Austria, Germany, The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, and Norway. It also proved to be ABBA's most successful song in Japan, hitting Number 17.
I’d been a Probation Officer working in Huddersfield for the previous seven years when this song was released and became a popular play in Great Britain. Like the rest of the world (at least those with musical discernment), it was obvious to me that this group composed and sung songs that were so intricately put together that their success would be worldwide and that their records would be played decades and decades after all the group finally rested on the other side of the green sod.
Since I have been engaged in singing practice over the past fifteen months, I have found the songs of ABBA some of the most difficult of all to sing.
As to the message of the song, it is something we all want in our lives.
Love and peace Bill xxx