Song lyric Monday

Monday again, eh? Funny how it comes round so fast, while Friday takes bloody ages to get here. Today’s song lyric comes from the category of male angst music, for which I have a decided fondness. Tormented words and a jangling guitar? Bring it on. I also like people who sing in their own accent and don’t try to get all pseudo-American (I refer you back to the Arctic Monkeys and the song ‘Fake Tales of San Franciso’).

And so we pitch up with Billy Bragg, who I also like for the endearing naivety of his blatant politicism in music. Mostly that’s a trait that I find vastly annoying, but I’m willing to let Billy off. 

New England

I was 21 years when I wrote this song

I’m 22 now but I won’t be for long

People ask me ‘when will you grow up to be a man?’

But all the girls I knew 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

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

Just looking for another girl

I don’t want to change the world

I’m not looking for a new England

Just looking for another girl

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5 thoughts on “Song lyric Monday

  1. Emily Barton

    The minute I read “tormented words and jangling guitar” I thought “Ahhh, Billy Bragg!” I love him, but I’m not familiar with this one. Will have to find it now, I can see.

  2. Zoesmom

    Oh, I haven’t listened to Billy Bragg in awhile and I am also not familiar with this song. I think male angst could be a new iTunes category.

  3. musingsfromthesofa Post author

    Emily – I meant, a copy of a legally downloaded iTunes version of the song which I am entitled to back up. And presumably therefore to pass on that back up if I so choose. Ahem. Move along, copyright police, nothing to see here.

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