Album: Oops...I Did It Again!
Britney Spears is unfulfilled by the money and attention fame has brought her in the campy "Lucky."
Old-fashioned keyboards open the single, setting a vintage 50s glamorous tone. In the intro, she says the song is about a fictional pop star named Lucky. In other words, it's her with a really obvious name.
"This is a story about a girl named Lucky."
In the first verse, she says Lucky gets up at 5 a.m. every morning. Her manager pounds on her to door, urging her to move quickly. They have to be at a photo shoot by 6 a.m. Once she arrives, the make-up artist, photographers, and interviewer will fawn all over her.
"Early morning, she wakes up/Knock, knock, knock on the door/It's time for makeup, perfect smile/It's you they're all waiting for/They go/"Isn't she lovely, this Hollywood girl?"/And they say."
In the chorus, only they know how unhappy she is. She has everything she could ever want. However, she cries herself each night, wishing she could be a normal teenager and not go through adolescence in front of the entire world.
"She's so lucky, she's a star/But she cry, cry, cries in her lonely heart, thinking/If there's nothing missing in my life/Then why do these tears come at night."
In the second verse, she is confused about her identity. Has she become the sparkly pretty, pretty princess she sees in magazines or she is the girl who wears whatever rags she has in the closet? Each day passes by and she gets more accolades for her performances and songs. However, she wonders what her life will be like once no one gives a damn if she has a video on MTV.
"Lost in an image, in a dream/But there's no one there to wake her up/And the world is spinning, and she keeps on winning/But tell me what happens when it stops?/They go/"isn't she lovely, this Hollywood girl?"/And they say."
The chorus is sung again.
In the bridge, a male voice announces enthusiastically that Lucky has won an Oscar for best actress. Another male voice declares that he can't wait to interview her and squeals once he sees her.
""Best actress, and the winner is¦Lucky!"""I'm Roger Johnson for Pop News standing outside the arena waiting for Lucky"/"Oh my god!here she comes!"/Isn't she lucky, this Hollywood girl?/She is so lucky, but why does she cry?/If there's nothing missing in her life/Why do tears come at night?"
The chorus is sung twice to end the single.
A majority of the songs about the trappings of fame are whiny, self-important odes to the star's ego. "Lucky" escapes it by inventing a character instead having Britney complain. It's a clever way to get around it. Lucky is surprisingly sympathetic. Her life is regimented to the minute. She has barely any room to breathe and be herself. She is constantly supposed to be "on." Whereas, singing was something she enjoyed for fun. As a career, it was unexpected for her to find out how politicized and marketed it actually was. She didn't think she would be a mini-corporation with a mission statement.
Spears' simple vocals sell the concept well. It's easy to believe she thinks she's singing about an actual character and not herself.
The exaggerated instrumentation revives the 50s pop sound with panache. It's meant to recall the golden age of Hollywood when stars were invincible and guarded from the press. Nonetheless, it was an appropriate and unique choice for producer Max Martin to use the 50s sound.
The frothy "Lucky" is an exception to the rule.
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