"Slipping Through My Fingers"
Slipping Through My Fingers.jpg
Promotional single by ABBA
from the album The Visitors
ReleasedJune 1981
RecordedMarch 16–19, 1981
at Polar Music Studios
LabelDiscomate (Japan)
RCA (South America)
Songwriter(s)Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Producer(s)Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Alternative cover
Se Me Está Escapando, Argentina
Se Me Está Escapando, Argentina
Music video
"Slipping Through My Fingers (From:Dick Cavett Meets ABBA, 1981)" on YouTube

"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,[1] 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, as the girl goes to school.

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

Spanish version

"Se Me Está Escapando" is the Spanish Language version of "Slipping Through My Fingers", with lyrics by Buddy and Mary McCluskey. The song was released as a single in Spanish-speaking countries in 1982 and also included on the South American versions of the album The Visitors. The track was first released on CD in 1994 as part of the Polydor US compilation Más ABBA Oro, and in 1999 included on the expanded re-release of ABBA Oro: Grandes Éxitos.

Cover versions


  1. ^ "The Visitors". Swedish mediadatabse. 1981. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  2. ^ "British certifications – Original Cast Recording – Slipping Through My Fingers". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 December 2021.