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Sunday Song Lyric:
A few months ago, the McCain campaign was down in the polls, virtually broke, and given up for dead. Now he's back in gear -- this year's comeback kid -- and with a strong showing on Tuesday he could become the Republican front runner. Even many conservatives who were once strongly anti-McCain are giving him a second chance. His experience proves, once again, that in politics there are second acts.


Are pop music fans as forgiving as primary voters? Britney Spears sure hopes so. Hardly a week goes by without some tabloid splash about her latest bizarre or self-destructive behavior. Yet rather than take responsibiloity for her actions and beg forgiveness, she's opted to attack the messengers who report on her woes. The lyrics of her new single, "Piece of Me," make light of her situation and laying the blame for her troubles at the feet of the tabloids and paparrazzi.

I'm Miss bad media karma
Another day another drama
Guess I can't see the harm
In working and being a mama
And with a kid on my arm
I'm still an exceptional earner
And you want a piece of me

I'm Mrs. Lifestyles of the rich and famous
(You want a piece of me)
I'm Mrs. Oh my God that Britney's Shameless
(You want a piece of me)
I'm Mrs. Extra! Extra! this just in
(You want a piece of me)
I'm Mrs. she's too big now she's too thin
(You want a piece of me)
Britney's anti-media attitude is not particularly new for pop stars or politicians. Attacking the media is as much a tradition in song lyrics as in politics. Artists from Don Henley ("Dirty Laundry") to Velvet Revolver ("Big Machine") have attacked the press or complained about media treatment in song. The "Piece of Me" video is somewhat reminiscent of Michael Jackson's anti-tabloid video for "Leave Me Alone." I don't think this worked so well for Jackson, who saw his career continue its slow decline. We'll see if Spears does any better. Any bets?
Duffy Pratt (mail):
Elvis Costello summed Britney up perfectly, I think before she was born. And also put the blame squarely where it belongs, and its not on the media. This Year's Girl:

See her picture in a thousand places
'cause she's this year's girl.
You think you all own little pieces
of this year's girl.
Forget your fancy manners,
forget your English grammar,
'cause you don't really give a damn
about this year's girl.

Still you're hoping that she's well-spoken
'cause she's this year's girl.
You want her broken with her mouth wide open
'cause she's this year's girl.
Never knowing it's a real attraction,
all these promises of satisfaction,
while she's being bored to distraction
being this year's girl.

Time's running out. She's not happy with the cost.
There'd be no doubt, only she's forgotten
much more than she's lost.

A bright spark might corner the market
in this year's girl.
You see yourself rolling on the carpet
with this year's girl.
Those disco synthesizers,
those daily tranquilizers,
those body building prizes,
those bedroom alibis,
all this, but no surprises for this year's girl.
All this, but no surprises for this year's girl.
All this, but no surprises for this year's girl.
1.6.2008 11:59am
R Gould-Saltman (mail):
Anyone have an inkling as to the actual lyrics credit on this opus? I'm going to guess that unlike Costello, Henley and even Jackson, Ms. Spears may not have written this without some help (though the "karma/drama/mama" rhyme is, well, intersting. . . )
1.6.2008 2:12pm
Dave N (mail):
Michael Jackson faded because his creepiness caught up with him (we decided it was no longer charming that a grown man was having sleepovers with pubescent boys) even though he was acquitted.

Britney Spears seems self-destructive and possibly suffering from severe mental illness. I pity her and hope she gets the help she obviously needs. Michael Jackson, on the other hand, will always just be a sleeze.
1.6.2008 2:50pm
R Gould-Saltman (mail):
Sez Dave N.:

"Michael Jackson, on the other hand, will always just be a sleeze."

Leaving aside the typo, this is simply invective. M.J.'s story got, and gets, play not because he was "always just . . . a sleeze", but because he was a prodigiously (as in the sense of "prodigy") talented kid whose demons, (call 'em psychological, or call 'em moral) ultimately got the better of him and brought him down in chronological adulthood. Like another celeb perp (think short, big guns) most anyone who worked with Jackson says something on the order of "Yeah, he was a strange ****, but when he was working, he was a genius. What a waste. "

Brit, on the other hand, is of public interest mostly, as far as I can tell, due to the mass schadenfreude: watching someone with more fame and money than Trump letting her whole life crash and burn, in deep ways, all on live TV. Like Anna Nicole Smith before her , it's more on the order of "live by the tabloids/die by the tabloids".
1.6.2008 4:11pm
Can't find a good name:
The credited songwriters for "Piece of Me" are Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, and Klas Ã…hlund. Britney Spears has a couple of co-writing credits on her current album but not on this song.
1.6.2008 5:13pm
Anon Y. Mous:

Hardly a week goes by without some tabloid splash about her latest bizarre or self-destructive behavior. Yet rather than take responsibiloity for her actions and beg forgiveness, she's opted to attack the messengers who report on her woes.

So she decides to shave her head. Or in this latest, she doesn't turn her kids back over to their father in a punctual manner and they decide to send half the police force. There's no way she owes me an apology. I never voted for her for anything and I for one am not feeling let down in any way.
1.6.2008 5:56pm
American Psikhushka (mail) (www):
Boy are these annoying.
1.6.2008 6:18pm
Sean Murray (mail):
For the future, please be sure place the word "artist" in scare quotes when referring to Velvet Revolver.
1.7.2008 1:07pm