"New World Man" as written by and Matt Kramer Jason Bieler....
He's a rebel and a runner
He's a signal turning green
He's a restless young romantic
Wants to run the big machine

He's got a problem with his poisons
But you know he'll find a cure
He's cleaning up the systems
To keep his nature pure

Learning to match the beat of the old-world man
Learning to catch the heat of the third-world man

He's got to make his own mistakes
And learn to mend the mess he makes
He's old enough to know what's right
And young enough not to choose it
He's noble enough to win the world
But weak enough to lose it

He's a new-world man

He's a radio receiver
Tuned to factories and farms
He's a writer and ranger and a young boy bearing arms
He's got a problem with his powers
His weapons on patrol
He's got to walk a fine line
And keep his self-control

Trying to save the day for the old-world man
Trying to pave the way for the third-world man

He's not concerned with yesterday
He knows constant change is here today
He's noble enough to know what's right
But weak enough not to choose it
He's wise enough to win the world
But fool enough to lose it

He's a new-world man

Learning to match the beat of the old-world man
He's learning to catch the heat of the third-world man

He's a new world man
He's a new world man


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"New World Man" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., OLE MM, OLE MEDIA MANAGEMENT LP, Peermusic Publishing

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    General CommentOne of the best sets of lyrics ever!

    It's about America as a rising world leader the events surrounding a rise to power.
    Alice_in_Soundweezeron September 05, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is just about America in general. How we have emerged so quickly as a world leader, while only being three hundred years old. America sometimes doesn't seem readt for that postion, other times it shines. It has its ups and down, just as the song suggests.
    DasBear017on October 07, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationHe is the one pushing forward into the future... the one who rides the wake and feels the ebb and flow. Lost in his fractal boundary, neither here nor there and torn between the push from the old and the pull towards the new, and trying to find himself amidst those tidal forces which surround him.

    He is independent and free thinking, but keeps an open ear and mind to the noise which is around him. He is the artist and the philosopher. He is the one who deals with the present as it shows itself, and gives his insight back to those around him.
    The New World Man is the most important in any society because he is the one who pushes everyone else forward, even if begrudgingly or unwittingly.

    I think this entire album is about the individual, the intellectual and the new world man coming to grips with himself and his wold in the middle of this seemingly chaotic maelstrom of progress.
    mfratton September 08, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me, this song speaks of the challenges of being the USA. "He" is America, born of rebellion and just running/pushing into the future with no red light to stop him and full of romantic idealism married with ambition to become the pre-eminent power. Understanding he'll have problems, he also knows/believes he can overcome anything.

    The "old world man" are the old European powers of yesteryear that resent the new kid on the block but expect that new kid to behave with deference and be their saviour when needed. Obviously, the "third world man" are emerging countries - their resentment of what America possesses underlying the need and expectation that America will assist them too.

    Peart sees the good and bad in America - wisdom and foolishness, nobility and weakness, intellecualism and bellicosity, the desire to do the right thing but the reality of sometimes just not choosing the right path. The lyric "a radio receiver tuned to factories and farms, he's a writer" refers to a nation of great diversity and broad understanding capable of scripting its future but the line "ranger and a young boy bearing arms" infers an impulsive and inexperienced nation that sometimes just charges ahead without thought. This nation is great enough to win the world but just might lose it all through foolish decisions.

    Speaking as a Canadian observing, appreciating and sometimes deriding America from north of the 49th parallel, I thing Neil pretty much nailed this one straight on. America is great and full of promise, worthy of admiration ... but somehow, it just never seems to realize all it could be.

    I'm not sure if the rest of the world sees America with the same affection and concern for where it might end up in the long run, so my interpretation might be coloured by my nationality. Then again, this IS a Canadian band ...
    GWNMusingon March 09, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song about America. (America = the new world man). It's about how we are perceived by other nations (third world and old world), and how a nation so young can handle being a world power.

    I especially like the line "He's old enough to know what's right and young enough not to choose it."

    -Dhaval
    dhavalon August 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmore great lyrics from Neil. one of the more mellow rush songs
    shed27on June 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe best song that rush ever did.
    poohblueskyon June 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my mother's favorite Rush song, and with good reason: It is a wonderful song. I could care less aobut wha it means (well not really, songs with a deeper meaning rule all) just because it sounds so beautiful.
    MasterDuncan03on July 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmerica including Canada and the South as the 'New World', but also comparing individuals as well as regions.
    Wyrmon May 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMost amazing song ever, lifts the soul. Fucking amazing tune.woop woop.
    Razormasticatoron January 17, 2005   Link

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