A New England (3:48)

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“A New England” is a song by Billy Bragg that was successfully covered by Kirsty MacColl in 1984. Produced by her then-husband Steve Lillywhite, the song was her biggest solo hit - reaching #7 in the UK charts and #8 in Ireland.

Bragg’s original version of the song, included on his album Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy, had only two verses. MacColl thought the song was too short, and so Bragg wrote a further two verses for her, which she consolidated into one. Since MacColl’s death, Bragg has included the additional verse in performances of the song as a tribute.

The first two lines of the song are identical to the opening lines “Leaves That Are Green” by Simon & Garfunkel from their album Sounds of Silence.

The song has also been covered accoustically by Jamie T.


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I was twenty-one years when I wrote this song
I'm twenty-two now, but I won't be for long
People ask me when will I grow up to understand
Why the girls I knew at school are already pushing prams

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