The latest “shock horror” media beat-up ABBA story involves guitarist Lasse Wellander allegedly being “dumbfounded” and “stunned” that ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ won’t be included in full in the forthcoming movie version of the musical MAMMA MIA! (source: Contact Music)
In truth, it’s hardly surprising. Half of the songs in the stage version of MAMMA MIA! are incomplete, some missing entire verses and choruses, or are interupted by dialogue or dramatic action. In the specific case of ‘I Do…’, the first verse stanza was replaced by the second, the second had all new lyrics to incorporate the storyline and characters, and the third stanza (after the first bridge) has been dropped completely (see the lyrics here).
It must have been a slow news week. Or the film production wanted to get another story out to remind the world that the movie is coming.