SNL Transcripts: Robert Klein: 11/15/75: ABBA performs “S.O.S.”



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  Season 1: Episode 5







75e: Robert Klein / ABBA

ABBA performs “S.O.S.”

Captain…..Robert Klein
…..ABBA

[ open on interior, dining hall of the Titanic, Captain’s Table ]

Captain: [ chuckling as he addresses his guests ] May I recommend the, um, Oysters Titanic, and a very marvelous salad made of iceberg lettuce?

[ opening notes of “S.O.S.” begin to play ]

Captain: Oh, the entertainment is beginning. A very wonderful vocal group from Sweden, called ABBA. You’ll love them.

[ dissolve to the adjacent part of the stage, where the members of ABBA are playing ]

ABBA:
“Where are those happy days, they seem so hard to find
I tried to reach for you, but you have closed your mind
Whatever happened to our love?
I wish I understood
It used to be so nice, it used to be so good.

So when you’re near me, darling can’t you hear me
S.O.S.
The love you gave me, nothing else can save me
S.O.S.
When you’re gone
How can I even try to go on?
When you’re gone
Though I try how can I carry on?

You seem so far away though you are standing near
You made me feel alive, but something died I fear
I really tried to make it out
I wish I understood
What happened to our love, it used to be so good.

So when you’re near me, darling can’t you hear me
S.O.S.
The love you gave me, nothing else can save me
S.O.S.
When you’re gone
How can I even try to go on?
When you’re gone
Though I try how can I carry on?”

[ back at the Captain’s table, the Captain discovers a leak in the wall, and tries desperately to plug it up with his menu and his hat. Intercut between him in ABBA through to the end of the song. ]

ABBA:
“So when you’re near me, darling can’t you hear me
S.O.S.
And the love you gave me, nothing else can save me
S.O.S.
When you’re gone
How can I even try to go on?
When you’re gone
Though I try, how can I carry on?
When you’re gone
How can I even try to go on?
When you’re gone
Though I try, how can I carry on?”

[ the audience applauds as ABBA takes their bow. In the far left edge of the screen, the Captain continues to try to plug up the hole. ] [ fade ]

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