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Mamma Mia: slipping through my fingers

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patriciawentworthheroine Sun 18-Jan-09 20:51:44

Anyone else BLUB when watching Mamma Mia and listening to the song 'Slipping Through My Fingers'?

I don't even like deliberately amateurish musicals ripping the heart out of classic disco-era tunes grinand I sure as hell find DD1 (aged 4, just started school) outstandingly ANNOYING at times, but somehow, when watching Mamma Mia with her, the above song about the 'tragedy' of your daughter growing up came along and I was in floods.

It's not a one-off either, it's now become a dependable Pavlovian experiment - stick on Mamma Mia, play song, Mummy sobs.

MmeLindt Sun 18-Jan-09 20:53:27

I completely embarrassed my 6yo DD by blubbing in the cinema.

Surfermum Sun 18-Jan-09 20:54:03

Yeh - me too grin. Dsd had a friend to stay last weekend and we watched it. Dsd had clearly primed her friend that I was about to start blubbing, which I did and when I turned to look at them they weren't watching the film, they were watching me and giggling.

dinny Sun 18-Jan-09 20:54:35

yes, totally sobbed

but I have excuse that am big hormonal pregnant blimper atm

God, it's so shit though, isn;t it? dd adores it though

DrNortherner Sun 18-Jan-09 20:54:36

Oh yes, I blubbed like a good un and that part too. Had never heard that song before. As a mother, the words are so poignant.

dinny Sun 18-Jan-09 20:55:11

the bit about the breakfast table got me

sphil Sun 18-Jan-09 20:55:12

So did I, and I don't even have a DD! blush. Whole cinema was blubbing though.

HaggisFlippin Sun 18-Jan-09 20:55:42

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madrose Sun 18-Jan-09 20:56:10

we watch this film *a lot*, DD now clears off when this song comes on as I normally demand a long cuddle grin

Surfermum Sun 18-Jan-09 20:56:42

After I saw it at the cinema I said to dd (5) "don't grow up and get married will you". She looked at me all seriously and said "but Mummy, that'll mean I never get to have birthdays" grin.

funkadelic Sun 18-Jan-09 20:57:03

Me too! Instant well up and I only have sons!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 18-Jan-09 20:57:54

Oh God I'm welling up now just thinking about it blush

MmeLindt Sun 18-Jan-09 20:58:05

It was the school bag in hand bit that got me as DD was starting school last year.

garciasangria Sun 18-Jan-09 21:25:56

Don't talk to me about this song! The "school bag in hand" gets me too...DD is 11, and suddenly gone all long limbed and shiny hair and skinny my mind she's till a chubby 5yr old in a Snow-White dress. Sob sad

AnybodyHomeMcFly Sun 18-Jan-09 21:29:04

Blubbed loads and DH def had damp eyes too. And DS is only 2!

catweazle Sun 18-Jan-09 21:32:38

I've got a DD of almost 23 and another of almost 2. DH and me both blubbed in the cinema and each time we've seen it on DVD.

patriciawentworthheroine Sun 18-Jan-09 21:41:05

Glad to know it's not just me!

I'm baffled by the genesis of this song though. I was a big ABBA fan back in the day (for the record, that's Abba revival when I was a student in the 1990s, not original 1970s incarnation) and for example have always loved relatively little-known song Honey Honey which opens the Mamma Mia film. But have never come across Slipping Through My Fingers before. Was it written for the film?

dinny Sun 18-Jan-09 21:53:21

God, ALL dd and her friends sing is Honey Honey

ramonaquimby Sun 18-Jan-09 21:55:56

"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.

The inspiration for the song was Ulvaeus' and Fältskog's daughter, Linda Ulvaeus, who was five 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 of a printed picture of the group. An album with the same name and a similar looking cover was also released in Japan.

ellceeell Sun 18-Jan-09 21:56:37

According to wikipedia, 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.

I cry too.

Cloudhopper Sun 18-Jan-09 21:57:38

I was quite moved by it in the film, and have bought it and been playing it on my iPod.

Suddenly, though, I started to feel a bit creeped out by it. It is bloody depressing when you think about it, as well as a little bit too needy!

And I never have to 'sit down for a while' when dd goes to school. grin

I can't listen to it now!

kikid Sun 18-Jan-09 22:05:23

I think mama mia, really touches many single parents hearts...

As well as the married ones. I cried most of the way through this film, is that the song where they are looking in the mirror & shes looking at her growing up?

womblingfree Mon 19-Jan-09 16:52:48

V. blub-inducing. Especially the time it came on on the way to nursery. I was just about holding it together as we pulled up when DD (4) piped up "I really do love you Mummy".

It was a good few minutes before I actually managed to get out of the car and deliver her to the door blush

Tinker Sat 24-Jan-09 15:12:41

Their daughter wasn't 5 though in 1981. I had an ABBA biography when I was about 12 and Linda was born in about 1973, I think. I was a member of the fan club, dontcha know.

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