Opening: The New WorldANDREA A new world calls across the ocean A new world calls across the sky A new world whispers in the shadows "Time to fly, time to fly..."
BROOKS It's about one moment The moment before it all becomes clear And in that one moment You start to believe there's nothing to fear It's about one second And just when you're on the verge of success The sky starts to change And the wind starts to blow
And oh, you're suddenly a stranger There's no explaining where you stand And you didn't know That you sometimes have to go 'Round an unexpected bend, And the road will end In a new world.
ANDREA A new world calls for me to follow A new world waits for my reply A new world holds me to a promise Standing by, Standing by...
JESSICA It's about one moment That moment you think you know where you stand But in that one moment The things that you're sure of slip from your hand And you've got one second To try to be clear, to try to stand tall But nothing's the same And the wind starts to blow
And oh, you're suddenly a stranger In some completely different land And you thought you knew But you didn't have a clue That the surface sometimes cracks To reveal the tracks To a new world
BILLY You have a house in the hills
JESSICA You have a job on the coast
BROOKS You find a lover you're sure you believe in
BILLY You get a pool in the back
JESSICA You get the part of your life
BROOKS You hold the ring in your hand
BILLY But then the earthquake hits
JESSICA Then the bank closes in
BROOKS Then you realize you didn't know anything...
BROOKS, JESSICA & BILLY Nobody told you the best way to steer When the wind starts to blow And oh, you're suddenly a stranger And life is different than you planned And you have to stay 'Til you somehow find a way To be sure of what will be, Then you might be free...
ANDREA A new world crashes down like thunder A new world charging through the air
ANDREA & BILLY A new world just beyond the mountain
ANDREA, BILLY & JESSICA Waiting there... Waiting there...
ALL A new world shattering the silence There's a new world I'm afraid to see A new world louder every moment "Come to me! Come to me!"
* * *Jason Robert Brown is one of my favorite composers, primarily because I adore the honesty and particularity in his lyrics. As I approach the homestretch of my junior year and enter my final year of college, I can’t help but connect with every single lyric in this song.
I wrote a post earlier this semester with regard to my angst and anxiety about the future. I concluded it by comparing life to a video game and saying that if my life were perfect, I’d have nothing to look forward to or to work toward. Likewise, this song reminds me that—at some point in life—I can “have a house on the hills,” “a job on the coast,” “a pool in the back”—all the colors that blend into the portrait of the American dream. “But then the earthquake hits” and “the bank closes in,” and we’ll realize that we “didn’t know anything.” We’ll never know everything. I’m not meant to conquer life, let alone have a perfect life plan at the age of 21. The new world I’m entering will “crash down like thunder,” bombarding me with innumerable surprises that will “charge through the air” every time I think I’ve conquered life. “The New World” certainly doesn’t erase my anxiety, but it certainly assuages it. Thank you, Jason Robert Brown, for calming me down.
All the best, folks.