Abba – The Day Before You Came

Official music video by 'Abba' per­form­ing 'The Day Before You Came' (1982) taken from the album 'The Visitors'.


I must have left my house at eight because I always do
my train, I'm cer­tain, left the sta­tion just when it was due
I must have read the morn­ing paper going into town
and hav­ing got­ten through the edit­or­i­al no doubt I must have frowned

I must have made my desk
around a quarter after nine
with let­ters to be read
and heaps of papers wait­ing to be signed
I must have gone to lunch
at half past twelve or so

the usu­al place, the usu­al bunch
and still on top of this I'm pretty sure it must have rained
the day before you came
I must have lit my sev­enth cigar­ette at half past two

and at the time I nev­er even noticed I was blue
I must have kept on dragging
through the busi­ness of the day
without really know­ing anything
I hid a part of me away
at five I must have left

there's no excep­tion to the rule
a mat­ter of routine
I've done it ever since I fin­ished school
the train back home again

undoubtedly I must have read the even­ing paper then
oh yes, I'm sure my life was well with­in its usu­al frame
the day before you came
I must have opened my front door at eight o'clock or so
and stopped along the way to buy some Chinese food to go
I'm sure I had my din­ner watch­ing some­thing on TV

there's not, I think, a single epis­ode of Dallas that I didn't see
I must have gone to bed
around a quarter after ten
I need a lot of sleep
and so I like to be in bed by then
I must have read a while
the latest one by Marilyn French or some­thing in that style
it's funny, but I had no sense of liv­ing without aim
the day before you came
and turn­ing out the light
I must have yawned and cuddled up for yet anoth­er night
and rat­tling on the roof I must have heard the sound of rain
the day before you came