Saturday Night Live Transcripts
Season 1: Episode 5
ABBA performs “Waterloo”
[ open on interior, dining hall of the Titanic, Captain’s Table. The Captain is still attempting to plug up the hole with his hat, as the opening chords of ABBA’s next song begins to play. ][ dissolve to the adjacent part of the stage, where the members of ABBA are playing ]
“My my at Waterloo Napoleon did surrender
Oh yeah, and I have met my destiny in quite a similar way.”
“The history book on the shelf
is always repeating itself.
Waterloo – I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo – Promise to love you for ever more.”
“Waterloo – Couldn’t escape if I wanted to
Waterloo – Knowing my fate is to be with you.”
“Waterloo – Finally facing my Waterloo.”
“My my, I tried to hold you back but you were stronger
Oh yeah, and now it seems my only hope is giving up the fight.”
“And how could I ever refuse
I feel like I win when I lose.
Waterloo – I was defeated, you won the war.”[ left with no other recourse, the Captain smiles at the performance as he holds his plate against the hole ] [ ABBA’s performance remains tilted to the left, as tables off-screen to the right begin to slide into viw on the left. Awaiter attempts to carry a tray across the right of the stage, struggles briefly with the uphill climb, then topples backwards. Everyone sitting at the Captain’s table falls out of their chairs, as a huge splash of water engulfs the stage. ]
“Waterloo – Promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo – Couldn’t escape if I wanted to
Waterloo – Knowing my fate is to be with you
Waterloo – Finally facing my Waterloo.
“And how could I ever refuse…”