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Remembering the song, "Britney", by Bebo Norman


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Back in 2008, during the height of the drama surrounding Britney, CCM recording artist, Bebo Norman, released a single called "Britney. To me, this song was not only a beautiful tribute to our favorite pop star, but also an apology and social commentary on the way the media/public scrutinizes those in the public eye.

When asked about the song, Norman said:

"'Britney' is a song about what our culture says and does to young women these days. It's about the lies we tell them about fame and money and what's beautiful and what will give them life. It's an apology for those lies. But more than that, it's an invitation to the truth about a God who is bigger than the pain this world so often leaves them in."

I was already a big fan of Norman prior to the release, but this song made me love him even more back then. I've always thought it was incredibly under-rated and it never received the recognition it deserved. Now, in the wake of the #freebritney movement and how people are finally starting to understand and sympathize with her situation, I think the song deserves more attention and respect! As a Christian, I know first-hand that it was a huge career risk for Bebo Norman to release a song about Britney during this time. If you've never heard it, give it a listen. The words are especially relevant today. Video is fan-made. Lyrics below.

Britney, I'm sorry for the lies we told

We took you into our arms, and left you cold

Britney, I'm sorry for this cruel, cruel world

We sell the beauty but destroy the girl

 

Britney, I'm sorry for your broken heart

We stood aside and watched you fall apart

I'm sorry we told you fame would fill you up

And money moves the man, so drink the cup

 

I know love goes around the world we know

And you never see it coming back

But I can see it coming back for you

Yes, coming back for you

 

Britney, I'm sorry for the stones we throw

We tear you down just so we can watch the show

Britney, I'm sorry for the words we say

We point the finger as you fall from grace

 

I know love goes around the world we know

And you never see it coming back

But I can see it coming back for you

Yes, coming back for you

 

Britney, I do believe that love has come

Here for the broken

Here for the ones like us

 

I know love goes around the world we know

And you never see it coming back

You never see it coming back

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