Let's be honest, when the Queen of Pop launched onto the scene back in 1998 waxin' lyrical about some boy hitting her again, we didn't really have a clue what Britney Spears was talking about. We were young, we weren't tainted by the world (yet), all we knew was some cute American teen was wearing pink pompoms and shaking her sass down a school corridor, and we were loving it.
The older we get though, the more bizarre and questionable those lyrics get. To remind you:
When I'm not with you I lose my mind, Give me a sign...
Hit me baby one more time!
Oh baby, baby, The reason I breathe is you, Boy you got me blinded.
Oh pretty baby, There's nothing that I wouldn't do, It's not the way I planned it.
Show me how you want it to be, Tell me baby 'cause I need to know now...
I mean clearly we didn't think she was making a sociopolitical statement about domestic abuse at the age of 17, while wearing a schoolgirl uniform, nor do we believe the writers were sordid enough to slip in S&M references...but...'Boy you got me blinded?' Questionable, Britters.
In January 1999 '…Baby One More Time' rose to the No.1 spot in the USA. Now, 17 years later, we're finally privy to the meaning behind those eyebrow raising lyrics, thanks to John Seabrook's new pop music history book, The Song Machine.
Max Martin and Rami Yacoub were the Swedish songwriters behind the track and were working for Stockholm's famous hit-factory Cheiron Studios at the time. Although the song was originally written for TLC, who passed, it was picked up for Spears because they wanted to work with someone young and moldable.
And its meaning? It was just about a girl who had recently split up from her boyfriend. According to Seabrook, the Swedes thought that "hit" was a new American slang word for "call." So "hit me baby one more time," was really only intended to be read as, hey ex-boyfriend, call me again please, 'cause I'm a bit lonely.
Not so shocking after all!
Source: Huffington Post