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Released December 18, 2001
Format CD single, 12
Genre Dance-pop, teen pop
Length 3:18
Label Jive
Writer Max Martin, Rami Yacoub
Producer Max Martin, Rami Yacoub

"Overprotected" is a song by Britney Spears. from her third studio album, Britney (2001). It was released on December 18, 2001 by Jive Records, as the second single from the album worldwide except for German-speaking countries.

Background[edit | edit source]

The song was written and produced by Max Martin and Rami Yacoub. Lyrically, the dance-pop song, is about a girl who is tired of being overprotected and just wants to be herself. It received mixed reviews from contemporary critics, as some reviewers noticed the song as way for Spears to "break free", despite coming from a singer that is known worldwide since childhood. A version of the song, "The Darkchild Remix", was released in the United States and Canada in April 2002.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

I need time (Time)
Love (Love)
Joy (Joy)
I need space
Love
I need me

Action!

Say hello to the girl that I am
You're gonna have to see through my perspective
I need to make mistakes just to learn who I am
And I don't wanna be so damn protected
There must be another way
'Cause I believe in taking chances
But who am I to say
What a girl is to do?
God, I need some answers!

What am I to do with my life?
(You will find it out don't worry)
How am I supposed to know what's right?
(You just got to do it your way)
I can't help the way I feel
But my life has been so overprotected

I tell them what I like
What I want and
What I don't
But every time I do, I stand corrected
Things that I've been told
I can't believe what I hear about the world, I realize
I'm overprotected

There must be another way
'Cause I believe in taking chances
But who am I to say
What a girl is to do?
God, I need some answers!

What am I to do to with my life?
(You will find it out don't worry)
How am I supposed to know what's right?
(You just got to do it your way)
I can't help the way I feel
But my life has been so overprotected

I need, time (Love)
I need, space
(This is it)

I don't need nobody
Tellin' me just what I wanna
What I what what what I'm gonna (I need)
Do about my destiny
I say no, no
Nobody's telling me just what I wanna do, do
I'm so fed up with people telling me to be-e
Someone else but me

Action!

(Yeah...)

(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
What am I to do with my life?
(You will find it out don't worry)
How am I supposed to know what's right?
(You just got to do it your way)
I can't help the way I feel (Feel)
But my life has been so overprotected

I don't need nobody
Tellin' me just what I wanna
What I what what what I'm gonna
Do about my destiny
I say no, no
Nobody tell me just what I wanna do, do
I'm so fed up with people tellin' me to be-e
Someone else but me

What am I to do with my life?
(You will find it out don't worry)
How am I supposed to know what's right?
(You just got to do it your way)
(Oh! I...)
I can't help the way I feel
(Help the way I feel)
But my life has been so overprotected

Chart performance[edit | edit source]

While the song did not perform well on the Billboard charts in the United States, the song peaked at number twenty-two in Canada, while reaching the top five in Italy, Romania, Sweden and United Kingdom.

Music video[edit | edit source]

An accompanying music video, directed by Billie Woodruff, portrays Spears dancing inside an abandoned factory, while singing about being overprotected; the music video for "The Darkchild Remix", directed by Chris Applebaum, portrays Spears dancing and having fun with her friends.

Live performances[edit | edit source]

Spears has performed "Overprotected" on her Dream Within a Dream Tour and The Onyx Hotel Tour. On the Dream Within a Dream Tour, she it while dressed in a brown catsuit. Its original version was performed on the first leg while its Darkchild remix was performed on the second leg. On the Onyx Hotel Tour, she performed the Darkchild remix of the song right after the show's opening number "Toxic" while dressed in a black catsuit. Spears also performed the song on Viva Interaktiv, EuroDisney and twice on Top of the Pops.

Track listings[edit | edit source]

  • AUS/NZ CD single
  1. "Overprotected" — 3:19
  2. "Overprotected" (JS16 Remix) — 6:07
  3. "Overprotected" (JS16 Dub) — 5:24
  4. "Exclusive Chat With Britney" — 6:10
  5. "I'm a Slave 4 U" — 3:23
  6. "I'm a Slave 4 U" (Thunderpuss Radio Mix) — 3:19
  • Japanese CD single
  1. "Overprotected" — 3:19
  2. "Overprotected" (JS16 Remix) — 6:07
  3. "Overprotected" (JS16 Dub) — 5:24
  • UK CD single
  1. "Overprotected" — 3:19
  2. "Overprotected" (JS16 Remix) — 6:07
  3. "I'm a Slave 4 U" (Thunderpuss Mixshow Edit - The Remix) — 6:15

12" Vinyl

  1. "Overprotected" (The Darkchild Remix) — 3:20
  2. "Overprotected" (The Darkchild Remix - Radio Edit) — 3:06
  3. "Overprotected" (The Darkchild Remix - Instrumental) — 3:14
  4. "Overprotected" (Radio Edit) — 3:18
  5. "Overprotected" — 3:19
  6. "Overprotected" (Instrumental) — 3:13
  1. "Overprotected" — 3:19
  2. "Overprotected" (The Darkchild Remix) — 3:20

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