Tiger (ABBA song)

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"Tiger"
Song by ABBA
from the album Arrival
ReleasedOctober 11, 1976 (1976-10-11)
Genre Pop rock
Length2:55
Label Polar
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Björn Ulvaeus
  • Benny Andersson

"Tiger" is a song by the Swedish pop band ABBA. The song was released on the 1976 album Arrival.

Contents

History

"Tiger" is written from the perspective of a threatening entity warning the listener of the dangers of the city: "People who fear me never come near me, I am the tiger". [1] The exact meaning behind "Tiger" is debated, although most speculators agree "tiger" is used as a metaphor for dangerous aspects of city life. Some hypothesize the tiger represents a stalker or serial killer, while others believe the tiger symbolizes the harmful nature of illicit drugs. [2] [3]

The vocals for the song were sung by Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

Performance

In the 1977 concert tours, the song was preceded by "the sound of helicopters booming over the speakers". [4] ABBA also performed the song in the film ABBA: The Movie. [5]

At the ABBA tribute band concert Live Music of Abba by the Arrival from Sweden, "Tiger" was the show opener. [6]

Music video

The music video for "Tiger" features all four members of ABBA dressed in denim clothing riding in a Chevy at nighttime. [7]

Critical reception

Bright lights, dark shadows: the real story of Abba described the song as "rocky". [4] The Guardian described the song as "gripping". [8]

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