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Mona Lisa is a song taken from Britney Spears' first extended play Britney & Kevin: Chaotic. It's also the (unreleased) lead single off her lost album Original Doll.



Background[]

On December 30, 2004, Spears made a surprise appearance at Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM to premiere a rough mix of a new midtempo track, "Mona Lisa". Spears had recorded the song live with her band while on tour, and dedicated it to all the "legends and icons out there." The lyrics lament the fall of Mona Lisa, calling her "unforgettable" and "unpredictable," and cautions listeners not to have a "breakdown". She also revealed she wanted the song to be the first single of her upcoming album, tentatively titled The Original Doll, and hoped to release it "probably before summertime [2005], or maybe a little sooner than that." In January 2005, Spears posted another letter on her website, saying,

I think I should rephrase myself from my previous letters when I was talking about taking a 'break'. What I meant was I am taking a break from being told what to do. ... It's cool when you look at someone and don't know whether they are at work or play since it's all the same to them. The things I've been doing for work lately have been so much fun, because it's not like work to me anymore. I've been even more 'hands on' in my management and the business side of things, and I feel more in control than ever.

A representative for Jive Records stated that although Spears was working in the studio, "no album is scheduled at the moment" and "there are no plans to service 'Mona Lisa' to radio." "Mona Lisa", written by Spears, Teddy Campbell and David Kochanski, was later re-worked and released in a bonus CD included in the DVD of Britney & Kevin: Chaotic. The re-worked version is notable for changes in the lyrics from the original version. The original phrases "she was a legend though, it's kind of pitiful that she's gone", "it's time to let her go, cause she's gone", and "now, don't have a breakdown cause you'll hit the freaking wall" were all replaced by new lyrics that are less dark. The original untagged version is available online and many people remarked on the contrast between Britney's raw, vocal performance in the demo version as compared to the released version where she performs as her brand of "sexy Britney".

Lyrics[]

This is the story about Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa

Ladies and gentlemen
I've got a little story to tell
About Mona Lisa and how she suddenly fell
See everyone knew her
They knew her oh so well
Now I am taking over to release her from her spell

CHORUS:
She's the original
She's unforgettable
She wants you to know
She's been cloned
It's kind of incredible
She's so unpredictable
She wants you to know
She's been cloned, she's been cloned, she's been cloned

She was taken under drowning in her sea
Running like an angel
She was crying and could not see, oh no
Now see everyone’s watching as she starts to fall
They want her to breakdown
Be a legend of her fall

CHORUS:
She's the original
She's unforgettable
She wants you to know
She's been cloned
It's kind of incredible
She's so unpredictable
She wants you to know
She's been cloned, she's been cloned, she's been cloned

Ladies does that make you cry?
Mona Lisa's got to fly
Nobody really dies
Everyone, may we have a moment of silence right here
God

CHORUS:
She's the original
She's unforgettable
She wants you to know
She's been cloned
It's kind of incredible
She's so unpredictable
She wants you to know
That she's home, that she's home

CHORUS:
She's the original
She's unforgettable
She wants you to know
She's been cloned
It's kind of incredible
She's so unpredictable
She wants you to know
That she's home, that she's home, that she's home

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