Arrival (composition)

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Song by ABBA
from the album Arrival
Released 11 October 1976 (1976-10-11)
Genre Pop
Length 3:00
Label Polar
Songwriter(s) Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Producer(s) Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Arrival track listing
Side A
  1. "When I Kissed the Teacher"
  2. "Dancing Queen"
  3. "My Love, My Life"
  4. "Dum Dum Diddle"
  5. "Knowing Me, Knowing You"
Side B
  1. "Money, Money, Money"
  2. "That's Me"
  3. "Why Did It Have To Be Me?"
  4. "Tiger"
  5. "Arrival"

"Arrival" is a 1976 composition by Swedish pop group ABBA featured on their album of the same name. It is an instrumental piece, mainly the brainchild of member Benny Andersson and had the working titles of "Fiol", "Ode to Dalecarlia" and "Arrival in Dalecarlia".


"Arrival" was the second and last composition from the group not to contain lyrics, following "Intermezzo No.1" the previous year. As with "Intermezzo No.1", the choral tune, heavily influenced by traditional Swedish folk music, was written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. It was recorded on 30 August 1976 at Stockholm's Metronome Studio. The title of the album, Arrival, gave the instrumental its name, rather than vice versa. It was also one of the last tracks to be recorded for the album before its release on 11 October 1976.

In 1983, a different version of the song with lyrics, called "Belle", was sung by Daniel Balavoine and Anni-Frid Lyngstad ("Frida") as part of the French musical ABBAcadabra. Also in 1983, it was re-recorded with different lyrics, and released as "Time" by B. A. Robertson and Lyngstad.

Cover versions[edit]

Mike Oldfield version[edit]

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Single by Mike Oldfield
from the album QE2
Released 12 September 1980
Format Vinyl
Recorded 1980
Genre Folk rock
Length 2:46
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Benny Anderson
Björn Ulvaeus
Producer(s) Mike Oldfield
David Hentschel
Mike Oldfield singles chronology
"Blue Peter"

"Blue Peter"

In 1980 Mike Oldfield recorded a cover-version of the song, which is found on his QE2 album. The artwork for Oldfield's single is a pastiche of ABBA's Arrival album artwork depicting the artist in a Bell 47G helicopter.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Arrival" – 2:46
  2. "Polka" (live on European tour 1980) – 3:34
  • "Polka" consists of a medley of one and a half traditional Irish polkas— the first part of "The 42 Pound Cheque" and the first and second parts of "John Ryan's Polka". Mike Oldfield rearranged the parts so that he is going from the A part of "42 Pound Cheque" to the B part of "John Ryan's", then to the A part of "John Ryan's", then back to the B part of "John Ryan's". He plays through the entire medley 3 times in all, with increasingly more backup and percussion each time. Also, he has transposed these tunes to the key of G, whereas they are more commonly played in D.

Oldfield's credits[edit]

  • Mike Oldfield: Electric Guitars, African Drums, Celtic Harp, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Spanish Guitar, Synthesizers, Vocoder, Aboriginal Rhythm Sticks, Vocals[1]
  • David Hentschel: Synthesizers, Drums, Vocals
  • Maggie Reilly: Vocals
  • Strings and Choir arranged by David Bedford
  • Leader of Strings: Dick Studt
  • Choir English Chorale

Other cover versions, sampling, etc.[edit]


  1. ^ "QE2 notes". Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  2. ^ "Fyfe Robertson, the great TV reporter". YouTube. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2016-10-16.