“Lovers (Live a Little Longer)”

Song by ABBA from the album Voulez-Vous

Released
23 April 1979

Recorded

13 March 1978 – 29 March 1979
Polar Music Studios

Genre
Disco

Length
3:28

Label

Polar
Epic (UK)
Atlantic (US original release)

Writer(s)

Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus

Producer(s)

Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus

Voulez-Vous track listing

“Chiquitita”
(8)
“Lovers (Live a Little Longer)”
(9)
“Kisses of Fire”
(10)

Lovers (Live a Little Longer) is a song by ABBA, released on their 1979 album Voulez-Vous.

Contents

1 Production
2 Synopsis
3 Composition
4 Critical reception
5 References

Production[edit]
The song premiered in the TV show ABBA in Switzerland in February 1979.[1]
Synopsis[edit]
The song argues that a recent scientific study has shown that love is a factor in longevity. It then uses this to say “lovers live a little longer baby, you and me we got a chance to live twice”.
Composition[edit]
The song contains “electric guitars and restless strings”, which blend together to simulate the “dynamite drug” spoken of in the narrative. The song consists of a “vocal baton-changing” between Frida and Agnetha in the lead up to the chorus. The rhythm track of the song is very similar to that of Eagle. The string arrangement is by Rutger Gunnarsson.[1]
Critical reception[edit]
On his book Abba – Uncensored on the Record, John Tobler describes the song as “fairly frantic, but also fairly sexy”. He adds that the song illustrates Frida’s “thespian and theatrical inclinations”.[2] In an article by The Daily Telegraph about ABBA’s “hidden gems”, it offers the song’s “slow, sexy, understated grooves with sweeping strings” as an alternative to The Name of the Game.[3] The Sydney Morning Herald said it was a “steamy, even sensual number”.[4] Times Online listed “Lovers (Live a Little Longer)” and “Kisses of Fire” as “shoulda-been hits” that were passed over in favour of other lesser songs.[5] ABBA: Let The Music Speak describes the song as “alternative and risqué”.[1] Internet reviewer Michael Lawrence gave the song a C+.[6] ABBA the Blog said “On “Lovers (Live A Little Longer)” and “Kisses of Fire,” ABBA created an adult image of themselves by singing about sex”.[7] Internet reviewer George Starostin says of Voulez Vous: “There’s also quite a bit of generic filler that shows far less concern for melody than usual, with three songs in a row built on simplistic rhythms, containing no hooks and simply being
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