"New World" as written by Bjork Gudmundsdottir, Sirgurjon Birgir Sigurdsson and Lars Von Trier....
Train-whistles, a sweet clementine
Blueberries, dancers in line
Cobwebs, a bakery sign

Ooooh - a sweet clementine
Ooooh - dancers in line
Ooooh ...

If living is seeing
I'm holding my breath
In wonder - I wonder
What happens next?
A new world, a new day to see

I'm softly walking on air
Halfway to heaven from here
Sunlight unfolds in my hair

Ooooh - I'm walking on air
Ooooh - to heaven from here
Ooooh ...

If living is seeing
I'm holding my breath
In wonder - I wonder
What happens next?
A new world, a new day to see


Lyrics submitted by AgathaKavka

"New World" as written by Lars Von Trier Bj�rk Gudmundsdottir

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  • +1
    General CommentPerfect for a dramatic movie soundtrack. This maybe the best track on Selmasongs.
    buddha boyon December 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of my favorite songs of all time...I'm not sure what "New World" Bjork is referring to, maybe heaven, but if it's anything like the music sounds, take me there. Perfect!
    tybeeson April 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy new favorite song of the moment. =)
    melodramatic_kisseson December 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think you're right about it referring to whatever comes after death - but I think it parallels Selma coming to America, the 'new world' - the first images seem so idyllic and with the 'dancers in line' makes me think it's the image of America that Selma got from seeing all the musicals?
    textbook enigmaticon February 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is about Selma imagining herself in heaven. Her previously new world and hope, USA, didn't quite live up to her expectations, so she now tries her luck in the next world.
    It could actually also be about the new life she has granted her son. From now on he'll be able to see and live his own sweet and free life without any restraints!
    Dancer In The Dark is one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen, and Björk is one of the best composers ever as well!
    maitininon April 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningIt's a possibility that the day will come and we just go with the flow
    dp11on October 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationi thought it was...."to heaven from chair"?

    it might not be. but that's what i thought it was....i interpreted it as the few moments before you hang yourself. usually you're on a chair you know, till you step off. hence, the walking on air part. dammit bjork, you're such a great and clever writer!

    i know she was hanged in the movie... and she wasn't on a chair of course. but this song...i dunno, it just has that feeling and image to me. like, the moment before death.

    it makes sense and is hauntingly beautiful either way though.

    i love this song. it's so joyful, yet sad all at once. it completely captured my heart the first time i heard it.
    RatsInHatson July 15, 2012   Link

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