YMMV / Songs for a New World

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Pretty much every song.
    • Just One Step: Suicidal woman, or poser who just wants attention? Also, does she die at the end or not?
    • I'm Not Afraid of Anything: Brave complainer or mother deserting her family? Or young woman who both wants and is terrified of love?
    • She Cries: Man held hopelessly by love, or man happily married?
    • The Steam Train: Does the kid say we will know him from an obituary or from basketball stardom?
    • King of the World: Criminal who wants to go free, or wronged man innocent of his accusations? Or a rebel wanting to rejoin the cause?
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Intentional in the case of Surabaya Santa; it's a break form the very heavy material before and after it.
  • Cult Classic: Was a little too quirky for it's own good and too difficult to put into words during it's original run, but thanks to the strength of the songs, especially since there's no linear plot stopping one from enjoying them out of context, it's managed to gain a dedicated following.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The entire thing, but most notably the Opening, Just One Step, Steam Train, Stars and the Moon, and Hear My Song.
    • The climax of "The Flagmaker, 1775": "Grab a needle, grab a thimble if it's all that keeps you sane. Think of freedom as a symbol, think of justice as a game!"
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Mrs. Claus screaming at St. Nick in a fake German accent.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Surabaya Santa. Side of ham necessary.
  • Tear Jerker: Stars and the Moon, The World Was Dancing, The Flagmaker, Flying Home, and especially Christmas Lullaby.