The ultimate Kirsty #SLS

Thanks so much Helen for letting me pick the theme for this week’s #SongLyricSunday. Apologies to anyone who likes the anonymity of their blog title and didn’t want to reveal their real name, but there’s been plenty of lateral thinking, with people choosing songs related to their blog handles instead (Brandewulf and Fandango, looking at you). 

So this is Kirsty MacColl, with A New England from 1985, one of her biggest hits, written by Billy Bragg. I’ve always loved this song, and her lovely voice, and for me it’s one of those defining mid-eighties songs, that takes me right back to high school, blue eyeliner and big hair. A few years later she was the other half of the Christmas smash ‘Fairy Tale of New York’ with the Pogues, another song full of nostalgia and memories. RIP Kirsty. You were fab.

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 I grow up to understand
Why 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 you put me 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
Are you looking for another girl?
I don’t want to change the world
I’m not looking for a new England
Are you 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
Are you looking for another girl?
I don’t want to change the world
I’m not looking for a new England
Are you looking for another girl?

My dreams were full of strange ideas
My mind was set despite your fears
But other things got in the way
I never asked that boy to stay

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 don’t want to change the world
I’m not looking for a new England
Are you looking for another girl?
I don’t want to change the world
I’m not looking for a new England
Are you looking for another?

I don’t want to change the world
I’m not looking for a new England
Are you looking for another girl?

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

(written by Billy Bragg, performed by Kirsty MacColl. The alternate version of the lyrics are here if anyone’s interested)
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7 thoughts on “The ultimate Kirsty #SLS

  1. Impressive! Kirsty is new to me but her voice pulled me right in and I watched the hour-long video about her life. So sorry she’s no longer with us – Kirsty was definitely special.

    Thanks for the introduction, and for a fantastic theme this week! 💯👍😊

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  2. It’s wrong to wish on space hardware? Haha, that’s awesome. I hadn’t heard of this singer or this song, but I really enjoyed it. Thanks so much for the introduction! 🙂 Also, thanks for the help this week!

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