"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
Tho 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
Is it 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


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"A New England" as written by Billy Bragg

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    General CommentBilly Bragg wrote the extra lyrics for Kirsty. He spoke about this on a TV programme about Kirsty following her death.
    questeron January 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't normally like it when cover versions change the lyrics of the original version, but I make an exception for this one just because of the new part at the end. Does anyone know if Kirsty wrote the following lyrics herself or did Billy Bragg supply them?

    "Once upon a time at home
    I sat beside the telephone
    Waiting for someone to pull me through
    When at last it didn’t ring, I knew it wasn’t you"

    Of course before the phone didn't just suddenly stop ringing since it was never ringing all night. It's a great analogy for how she finally comes to the sudden realization that the man she thought was hers was not, as she had thought before. He was just space junk that she was wishing was a shooting star.
    wraton December 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love Kirsty.

    "Once upon a time at home
    I sat beside the telephone
    Waiting for someone to pull me through
    When at last it didn’t ring, I knew it wasn’t you"

    I always took this verse to be about the moment where you eventually realise that someone really isn't there for you and knowing that they never will be.
    ~Lexi~on January 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbilly bragg is a legend - i prefer his version but this definitely has a nice sound to it
    cartlidgeon October 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA fabulous song, sung fabulously! Kirsty was vastly underrated. Her untimely death was such a tragedy.
    Spanner62on May 13, 2016   Link

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