Chiquitita

Thursday, April 13, 2017



This evening when I walked down the stairs out of the campus building before going home, I saw two girls sitting on the stairs. One of them was hanging her head down low, while the other one was patting her back. From the look of it, it seemed that the girl was having a bad time while her friend was trying to encourage her. That scene looked heartwarming for me. And somehow, that scene reminds me of this one song called “Chiquitita”. How nice it would be to have someone who always there for us to back us up whenever we feel like going down. It reminds me of a scene in the movie “Ada Apa dengan Cinta?” when the characters are having a talk about their problems and it ends up with them crying together and hugging to encourage each other. It also reminds me of my junior high school friends. My girls were the ones who were there to support me when I was heartbroken after breaking up with my boyfriend at that time. I can still clearly remember we were crying together as they listened to my story. And we ended it up with a big group hug. It is always nice to have someone who always there for us whenever things get hard in life.

Chiquitita, tell me what’s wrong. You’re enchained by your own sorrow. In your eyes there is no hope for tomorrow. How I hate to see you like this. There is no way you can deny it. I can see that you’re oh so sad, so quiet.” –ABBA, Chiquitita

This “Chiquitita” song I would like to talk about this time is a classic performed by the legendary Swedish pop group, ABBA.  It was released on January 16th 1979 as the first single taken from the group’s sixth studio album, “Voulez-Vous”.  One of the female members of the group, Agnetha Fältskog, sang the lead vocals for “Chiquitita”. It was written by the two male members of the group, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. This song became one of ABBA’s biggest hits as well as their signature song. The title is a Spanish term of endearment for a woman meaning “little one”. Lyrically, this song speaks for encouragement during the hard times told by the third person point of view, as it follows the story of someone who tries to console their sad best friend. This song is one of the classics the I cherish the most since I love the heartwarming lyrics and the heartfelt melody of this song. This one is really one of the best masterpieces existing in this world. Whenever I feel so down and heartbroken without anyone there to save me, I always listen to this song for self-encouragement. And believe me, it works.


"Chiquitita" single cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

It is always nice to have someone who cares so much for us to notice whenever there is something wrong with us. Indeed, that could happen when there is this deep connection between us and that person. Perhaps, that person could be our Mother, or they could be our significant other, or they could be our best friends. They are close enough to realize that we are sad; close enough to see more than meets the eye. “Chiquitita, tell me what’s wrong. You’re enchained by your own sorrow. In your eyes there is no hope for tomorrow. How I hate to see you like this. There is no way you can deny it. I can see that you’re oh so sad, so quiet.” They are close enough to understand that we are in sorrow; close enough to know that we don’t act and behave the way we used to. They are close enough to notice that there is something different. “Chiquitita, tell me the truth, I’m a shoulder you can cry on. Your best friend, I’m the one you must rely on. You were always sure of yourself, now I see you’ve broken a feather. I hope we can patch it up together.”
It is always heartfelt to have someone who cares so much for us to be willing to be there whenever the time is bad for us. Indeed, that could happen when there is this sincere affection between us and that person. Perhaps, that person could be our family, or they could be our other half, or they could be our best friends. They know us well enough to understand when world seems unfriendly towards us; know us well enough to know to give a shoulder we can cry on. They know us well enough to realize when we have a hard time; know us well enough to see that we need a helping hand. “So the walls came tumbling down, and your love’s a blown out candle. All is gone and it seems too hard to handle. Chiquitita, tell me the truth, there is no way you can deny it. I see that you’re oh so sad, so quiet.” They understand us well enough for us to feel safe to be vulnerable in front of them; understand us well enough for us to feel safe to be honest towards them. They understand us better than anyone else in this world could be.
It is always wonderful to have someone who cares so much for us to be able to bring us up whenever we are going down. They are someone who is always ready to pick us up whenever we fall to the rock bottom. They are someone who is capable to assure us that, indeed, heartaches come and go; as well as capable to convince us that we can take away the pain caused by those heartaches. They are someone who affords to reassure us that, indeed, the sun will keep shining though the scar caused by the pain is being left here; as well as afford to urge us to keep dancing to life and singing to the pain so that there is no time for grieving. “Chiquitita, you and I know, how the heartaches come and they go and the scars they’re leaving. You’ll be dancing once again and the pain will end, you will have no time for grieving. Chiquitita, you and I cry, but the sun is still in the sky and shining above you. Let me hear you sing once more like you did before, sing a new song, Chiquitita. Try once more like you did before; sing a new song, Chiquitita.”


"Voulez-Vous" album cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

Connected souls can only be built by a deep and sincere relationship through love and affection. When we care so much for a person, we will notice whenever they are enchained by sorrow, we will realize whenever there is something different and bad affects them and breaks them inside. Though that person never said a thing, we will know whenever they have a hard time and their world crumbles down. Even without a word from that person, we will understand that they are sad and quiet and losing hope. When we know that person better than anyone else, we will be willing to give a shoulder to cry on, to give arms to lean on, to be the one they can rely on. When we know that person even better than we know ourselves, we will be willing to console them amidst the heartaches, pain, and scars; we will be willing to comfort them through the grief. We will take their hands and dance together. We will grab their hands and sing together. And we cry and we dance and we sing together until they are able to rise again. And we hold them as we smile and say, “These too shall pass. And you got me here, always. And we can face it together. And we always will.


Chiquitita, you and I know, how the heartaches come and they go and the scars they’re leaving. You’ll be dancing once again and the pain will end, you will have no time for grieving.” –ABBA,  Chiquitita




Chiquitita, tell me what’s wrong, you’re enchained by your own sorrow
In your eyes there is no hope for tomorrow
How I hate to see you like this, there is no way you can deny it
I can see that you’re oh so sad, so quiet

Chiquitita, tell me the truth, I’m a shoulder you can cry on
Your best friend, I’m the one you must rely on
You were always sure of yourself, now I see you’ve broken a feather
I hope we can patch it up together

Chiquitita, you and I know, how the heartaches come and they go and the scars they’re leaving
You’ll be dancing once again and the pain will end, you will have no time for grieving
Chiquitita, you and I cry, but the sun is still in the sky and shining above you
Let me hear you sing once more like you did before, sing a new song, Chiquitita
Try once more like you did before, sing a new song, Chiquitita

So the walls came tumbling down, and your love’s a blown out candle
All is gone and it seems too hard to handle
Chiquitita, tell me the truth, there is no way you can deny it
I see that you’re oh so sad, so quiet

Chiquitita, you and I know, how the heartaches come and they go and the scars they’re leaving
You’ll be dancing once again and the pain will end, you will have no time for grieving
Chiquitita, you and I cry, but the sun is still in the sky and shining above you
Let me hear you sing once more like you did before, sing a new song, Chiquitita
Try once more like you did before, sing a new song, Chiquitita
Try once more like you did before, sing a new song, Chiquitita

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