"New World"
Song by Strawbs
from the album Grave New World
ReleasedFebruary 1972 (1972-02)
RecordedNovember 1971 (1971-11)
GenreProgressive rock
Songwriter(s)Dave Cousins

"New World" is a song by English band Strawbs written by Dave Cousins. The track first appeared on the Grave New World album.

Lyrical and musical content

The song is very much a companion piece of "The Hangman and the Papist" from the previous album From the Witchwood. It tells of conflict and divided families and, like the earlier song, was prompted by the troubles in Northern Ireland.

This is perhaps the first song from the band that could be described as progressive in instrumentation and arrangement, in particular the prominent mellotron brass and strings.

Release history

The song was released as a single in Japan instead of "Benedictus", which was relegated to the B-side.

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Japan 1972 (1972) A&M Records 7" single AM 135