Music Monday: “I Still Have Faith in You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down” by ABBA

This is not a drill: ABBA is releasing a brand new album on November 5th titled Voyage and they’ve just released two new singles, “I Still Have Faith In You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down.”

I’m absolutely, 100% writing through my tears while listening to “I Still Have Faith In You” on replay right now. The time for a breakdown to “Don’t Shut Me Down” is coming soon too. I know it is. An ABBA album is always going to be a hit, so I know Voyage will be everything we didn’t know we needed and more.

There is already something so beautifully nostalgic and healing in both singles, I genuinely do not know how any of us are going to handle a full album. It feels like the kind of personal album we shouldn’t be intruding on, but at the same time, it’s what’s contributing to the magic of all. There’s a sense of lost community present throughout.

A sense of hopeful deliverance. I suddenly just want to be better, I want to try harder, I want to make ABBA as a band proud.

We Do Have It In Us
New Spirit Has Arrived
The Joy And The Sorrow
We Have A Story
And It Survived

These lyrics. I want to tattoo them onto my body. It’s so perfectly encouraging in the way that only ABBA can be. There is a form of magic only they can evoke and they’re evoking it. And you know what, if this serves as inspiration for Mamma Mia III, I’m here for it.

And then there’s “Don’t Shut Me Down.” This song has no business making me so weepy and nostalgic, and yet, here we are.

A While Ago I Heard The Sound Of Children’s Laughter
Now It’s Quiet, So I Guess They Left The Park
This Wooden Bench Is Getting Harder By The Hour
The Sun Is Going Down, It’s Getting Dark

WHY DOES THAT LYRIC HIT SO HARD. Please, somebody explain it to me because I can’t seem to see through my tears right now. We are these children and it feels so personal.

I don’t know much, but I’m certain of one thing, November 5th is going to be a beautiful, healing, and cathartic day. Listen to the two tracks below and come scream about perfection with me.

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