The vocals are provided by Agnetha and Frida. The song has a "catchy bass synth riff" in the chorus. An "innovative vocal countermelody" in these choruses marks the start of a "steady rise in complexity when it came to vocal arrangements".
The Guardian said the song had "weird lyrics". The Telegraph seems baffled that such a song exists, commenting "believe it or not, there’s an Abba song called What About Livingstone?".Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of Abba says both songs "get by on their whimsical charm".Abba - Uncensored on the Record suggests What About Livingston and King Kong Song were novelty songs. It said Livingston was "catchy" and "nice", though adds that there is nothing special about it.
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