"A New England" as written by and Billy Bragg....
I was twenty one years when I wrote this song
I'm twenty two now, but I won't be for long
People ask when will you grow up to be a man
But all the girls I loved at school
Are already pushing prams

I loved you then as I love you still
Though I put you on a pedestal,
They put you on the pill
I don't feel bad about letting you go
I just feel sad about letting you know

I don't want to change the world
I'm not looking for a new England
I'm just looking for another girl
I don't want to change the world
I'm not looking for a new England
I'm just looking for another girl

I loved the words you wrote to me
But that was bloody yesterday
I can't survive on what you send
Every time you need a friend

I saw two shooting stars last night
I wished on them but they were only satellites
It's wrong to wish on space hardware
I wish, I wish, I wish you'd care

I don't want to change the world
I'm not looking for a new England
I'm just looking for another girl

I don't want to change the world
I'm not looking for a new England
I'm just looking for another girl

Looking for another girl
Looking for another girl
Looking for another girl


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"A New England" as written by Billy Bragg

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  • +2
    My Interpretation"Though I put you on a pedestal, they put you on the pill"
    From the first verse, I don't think he is wanting to have children as he hasn't fully grown up himself, so her being on birth-control would be a non-issue. I interpret the pill he is referring to is something for their mental state; he thinks the world of them, but everyone else thinks they are crazy.
    Just my interpretation, obviously.

    Beautiful song.
    CasualCasualtyon December 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentjust a transcription correction:

    "all the girls i loved in school
    are already pushing prams..."

    "pram" is a british term for baby-carriage.

    cheers.
    Dead$yon June 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThat "I'm twenty-two now but I won't be for long" is lifted from a Simon and Garfunkel song, probably one of Bragg's folk-y influences. The origins of that lyric are from "The Leaves That Are Green".
    heartbeats_xxxon July 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPolitics or love?
    'I don't want to change the world
    I'm not looking for a New England
    I'm just looking for another girl'
    Ones obsession with politics can be a turn off to those you fancy and can ruin the development of a relationship. Billy Bragg clearly wanted to change the world and was looking for a new England. However, when push came to shove, he was amenable to jacking in the politics for the love. This feeling, of course, may well have gripped him only momentarily.
    mellisandeon July 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat I find really poignant about this song is how cold and brutally honest he is. "I don't feel bad about letting you go I just feel sad about letting you know" - he knows it's going to be painful but he feels no guilt. And also the "I'm just looking for another girl". Imagine saying that to someone when you broke up!
    spdrmnkyon August 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis songs rocks! Billy lyrics are great. People need to care more.
    JoeyHon April 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust beautiful.
    HxAxRxAxKxIxRxIon May 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm glad other people appreciate this song, it really is brilliant.
    barfolimewon November 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYES! i love it, even though i havent heard the real one, just the one by the ataris, its really good lyrics though
    rightcoastloveron April 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe line actually goes "is it wrong to wish on space hardware" not "And wrong to wish on space hardware"
    killrockstarzon April 12, 2005   Link

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