''Mamma Mia' is one of those typical ABBA songs which really don’t work that well when you play them with just a piano and a guitar. It’s much too dependent on all the little whims and harmony parts and riffs and whatnot, which we somehow managed to organise, and which are what ABBA were all about.'' - Benny Andersson
"In the beginning lyrics were a sort of necessary evil for us, just something you had to have to sing. But by the third album, when my grasp of English had got much better because we'd traveled a lot, I began to think that it would be fun to say something as well, and that people would listen to what we sang." - Bjorn Ulvaeus
''The saying ‘mamma mia’ is used very, very commonly in Swedish and is just as well known a phrase as it would be in English.'' - Bjorn Ulvaeus
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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