SLS: When I Kissed the Teacher

Mamma Mia 2

Everybody screamed
When I kissed the teacher
And they must have thought they dreamed
When I kissed the teacher

It’s no secret that the Mamma Mia movies are at the top of my favorite list, so when I saw Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt today, naturally I thought of MM2.

“When I Kissed the Teacher” was written by ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson for ABBA’s album 1976 Arrival. It’s the opening track on the album as well as the first song in MM2. Lily James sings lead here (I love her singing and acting!), and the whole number is super fun. The lyrics are slightly changed from the original.

I was in a trance
When I kissed the teacher
Suddenly I took the chance
When I kissed the teacher
Leaning over me
She was trying to explain the laws of geometry
And I couldn’t help it
I just had to kiss the teacher

Fun note: Benny produced the song for the movie and Björn plays one of the teachers in the skit.

The original song didn’t do that great on the charts, though it was highly regarded by some critics. Of course others have to remind us of harassment blah blah blah. In my opinion, ABBA songs and the MM movies are simply fun and can be enjoyed without angsting over any implications about our culture or deeper meanings. Sometimes a feather boa is just a feather boa. In any case, the Arrival album is one of ABBA’s most successful with loads of hits and a gold certification.

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21 responses to “SLS: When I Kissed the Teacher

  1. such a fun song 😀

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  2. I have to say it’s not one of my favourites. Maybe because harassment thoughts, maybe I just don’t like the tune. My preferred ABBA song on this topic is Does Your Mother Know (unusually sung by Bjorn).

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  3. Thank you for sharing. I agree sometimes a feather boa is simply a feather boa. People take things to such extremes these days.

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  4. I only watched one Momma Mia movie, but after checking out this video, perhaps I will watch another, as this song does seem fun.

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  5. I still have not seen MM2🤦🏼‍♀️ it looks fun! 💃🏼🎶

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  6. Yea great choice 💜😂

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  7. I haven’t seen either movie but now that I know Lily James is in one maybe I will 😉

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  8. Fun song, and I remember the album!!

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  9. I have the album. Vinyl. I should drag it out.

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  10. Practically grew up with that song. Never thought of it as perry and still don’t. The innocence of the time has stuck with the song itself. Fortunately. (There are other songs that now creep me out, but not this one.)

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  11. Loved it Paula ☺️❤️ I want to watch both movies again now.

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