Slipping Through My Fingers
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|"Slipping Through My Fingers"|
|Single by ABBA|
|from the album The Visitors|
|Recorded||March 16–19, 1981
at Polar Music Studios
RCA (South America)
|ABBA singles chronology|
"Slipping Through My Fingers" is a song written by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA from their 1981 album, The Visitors, with lead vocals by Agnetha Fältskog. The song is about a mother's regret at how quickly her daughter is growing up, and the lack of time they have spent together, as the girl goes to school.
The inspiration for the song was Ulvaeus' and Fältskog's daughter, Linda Ulvaeus, who was seven at the time the song was written.
The song was only released as a single in Japan (Discomate, 1981), where it was a red vinyl promo single for The Coca-Cola Company with nothing on the B-side except a printed picture of the group. An album with the same name and a similar looking cover was also released in Japan.
The Spanish version
"Se Me Está Escapando" is the Spanish Language version of "Slipping Through My Fingers", with lyrics by Buddy and Mary McCluskey. The song was released as a single in Spanish speaking countries in 1982 and also included on the South American versions of the album The Visitors. The track was first released on CD in 1994 as part of the Polydor US compilation Más ABBA Oro, and in 1999 included on the expanded re-release of ABBA Oro: Grandes Éxitos.
- The song is used in the ABBA songs-based musical, Mamma Mia!, as well as the 2008 movie adaptation in which it is sung by Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried. The song is used when the mother, Donna, is helping her daughter, Sophie, to get ready for the wedding. In the context of the musical, Donna sings the song in as if she is reminiscing about her joys and also her regrets about raising Sophie all alone. Donna also can't believe how fast Sophie has grown up already.
- American stage musical singer Wendy Coates recorded a cover of the song for her 2001 album Journeys.