Lets look at this unforgettable piece of music within pop cultural context. This particular song was off Britney Spears album Oops!… I Did It Again, the follow-up to her wildly popular debut album, Baby One More Time. Apparently at this point in her life, she loved ellipses as much as she did implicit sexuality… (See what I did there?)
Heterosexual males: I dont care who you were, how old you were, or what kind of music surrounded you at the time of these releases, Britney made your stomach feel funny (or your loins, depending on your age). Parents loved her because not only did she sing cute pop music, but she was a shining example to children everywhere for being a proud virgin. Little did they know that we, their children, only loved her so much because we wanted to steal said virginity. But neither parent nor child knew that Britney was struggling with remaining proud about her virginity. But we should have seen the signs of her duress. They were all around. Cue the video for Lucky.
For those of you who completely missed 1999, or were too lazy to watch the embedded video, Lucky is the story of a girl, aptly named Lucky, who is dissatisfied with her fame and fortune. Shes got everything in the world, and yet, she feels as though somethings missing. Shes so lucky, shes a star, but she cry cry cries with a lonely heart, thinkin/If theres nothing missing in my life, then why do these tears come at night? A tragedy of Shakespearean proportions, truly, and a story within a song worthy of Bruce Springsteens Nebraska.
But when you really analyze all the nuts and bolts of this fine piece of musicianship, you come to realize that this song might not be about a fictional character Lucky at all! Bear with me, here, but I think this song is really an allegorical look at Britneys own personal life. Or, as youtube user xxmayraxx90xx so eloquently put it, i think? this song was her really life, but no body get the message…. Couldnt have said it better myself, xxmayraxx90xx. I mean grammatically, you could use some minor indoctrinating, but the point is as solid as it is simple: Britney was very dissatisfied with something. And I think that something was sex.
I mean, just look at all the subtle motifs in the video itself. If you look carefully, youll notice that Britney is actually playing the role of Lucky! Does this mean that she herself feels dissatisfied with the fame and the fortune and just wants a lover? I think so. And did you see that look of recognition Lucky gave Britney as she climbed into the limousine after the awards show? Somethings wrong with this picture. Lucky wants out! Shed give up all the fame and fortune just to be herself, that is to say, Britney.
This video is Britneys plea to society to just let her be her. She wanted to have sex. And so, shortly after the release of this album, she did, and announced publicly that she was no longer a virgin. Gone were the poster child days of bubble gum pop; replacing them – unabashed, outright sexual expression (see: the video for Toxic). It was right in front of our eyes, and we all missed the message she was trying to convey, which should fill us all with guilt.
Who knows, if one of us would have spoken up, we might have saved our favorite pop virgin from the impending K-Fed child-having, weight-gaining, disappearing from the public eye debacle that would eventually ensue.