"Toxic" as written by Cathy Dennis, Christian(bloodshy) Karlsson, Henrik Jonback and Pontus Winnberg....
Baby, can't you see
I'm calling
A guy like you should wear a warning
It's dangerous
I'm falling

There's no escape
I can't wait
I need a hit
Baby, give me it
You're dangerous
I'm loving it

Too high
Can't come down
Losin' my head
Spinnin' 'round and 'round
Do you feel me now?

Oh,
The taste of your lips
I'm on a ride
You're toxic I'm slippin' under
With a taste of a poison paradise

I'm addicted to you
Don't you know that you're toxic?
And I love what you do
Don't you know that you're toxic?

It's getting late
To give you up
I took a sip
From my devil's cup
Slowly, it's taking over me

Too high
Can't come down
It's in the air and it's all around
Can you feel me now?

Oh,
Taste of your lips
I'm on a ride
You're toxic I'm slippin' under
With the taste of a poison paradise

I'm addicted to you
Don't you know that you're toxic?
And I love what you do
Don't you know that you're toxic?
Don't you know that you're toxic?

(Oh, oh)

Taste of your lips
I'm on a ride
You're toxic I'm slippin' under
With a taste of a poison paradise

I'm addicted to you
Don't you know that you're toxic?

With the taste of your lips
I'm on a ride
You're toxic I'm slippin' under
With a taste of the poison paradise

I'm addicted to you
Don't you know that you're toxic?

Intoxicate me now
With your lovin' now
I think I'm ready now
I think I'm ready now

Intoxicate me now
With your lovin' now
I think I'm ready now


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"Toxic" as written by Christian Karlsson Cathy Dennis

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  • +5
    General CommentIt's pretty obvious that the song is written from the perspective of a young child, 3 or 4, who has drank something they found underneath the kitchen sink.

    "A guy like you / should wear a warning" is a sly reference to how warning labels are useless to those too young to read.

    "The taste of your lips" == the lips of a bottle, probably containing Draino or a bleach/ammonia mixture.

    "The devil cup" == the child obviously has grown up in a fundamentalist Protestant household, where everything that is prohibited has been given the tag of belonging to the devil.

    "I'm addicted to you" refers to the approaching embrace of Death and how the child wishes to be enclosed in those cold, unforgiving arms before the pain and agony of adulthood arrives. Likewise, "I think I'm ready now" signifies the acceptance of death and the relinquishment of life.
    crushinatoron September 13, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt is a shame that modern pop artist such as Britney Spears have fallen into a place in modern culture where they no longer need to craft artful lyrics that move people. By simply accepting a writer and giving a small credit in the back of a lyric booklet, the songwriting process has been streamlined to a T. Whoever wrote this song (I have nowhere near the energy to check the credit, itself) knows how to write a hit, and has probably given his/her expertise to many of the stars we know and love today, from Fall Out Boy to Coldplay.

    This is what I've gotten from this specific hit so far:

    -The main character in this (making the assumption that it is a self-insert piece) clearly has a sexual desire for another character who has yet to be revealed in the first verse.

    -The main character expresses that this love interest should "Wear a warning", revealing that this person has been profiled to be the type of person that may use/abuse the main character- not the upstanding type, indeed!

    -By saying that she is "fallin'" the main character relates a state of emotion that may reflect the stereotype of "falling in love", but to a lesser extent. Perhaps a simple physical attraction?

    -By saying that she "needs a hit" the main character is attempting to compare that love interest with a drug, adding that they are "dangerous", but adding that they enjoy it all the same. The analogy is quite basic.

    -The prechorus reflects that earlier notion of a more carnal state of the complexity of "love". Basically a simple sexual attraction and little else is had between these two personalities.

    -The chorus itself continues to hammer the point home of the love interest being both "dangerous" (stating that he/she is like a "poison") and like a drug, adding that she is "addicted" to him/her.

    -The main character states that "it's getting late", possibly making implication that the rendezvous between the two has gone on for too long at this point, and that she now tires of him/her. Despite this, the main character states that she "took a sip from (her) Devil Cup", which would relate to basic mythology wherein Satan rewards foul behavior with pleasures. This implies that, though the main character has moral issues with her actions, she has no plans to repent, and will continue her tryst with her newfound lover.

    -In the last verse, the main character expresses a desire to be seduced by her new lover all over again, repeating the cycle.


    Well, that was a bit unsurprising, right? Little context to really be read there. That being said, I'm glad that the suggestion to analyze these lyrics was brought to my attention. Maybe the person who made the request learned something new about the song "Toxic". Sadly, I wasn't given a specific song to give my personal treatment to, so I hope that they are satisfied.
    Baron Nocturnuson January 31, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentgroundbreaking....
    koenigon April 09, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBritney is so not my thing. Usually. But however, I think this is a great great pop song!
    butterflykiss84on April 12, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm going to have to say, although I usually don't like Britney Spears, this is a good song, especially to dance to.
    Seimikoon April 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is almost as deep as Tool stuff. Amazing!

    haha
    Thunderbolton April 10, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcompared to my other musical interests. i love britney spears.

    and i'm still trying to figure it out.

    i think it might be the fact that everytime her song will come on the radio i just get boppy and happy because hey, this song is upbeat and makes me feel sexy! when i'm out with the girls, it's fun to blast britney and just be goofy. she's been there for the good. when i was a little girl, obviously, i somehow related to her freshmen album. she's definitly proving herself in the world though, changing.. just like her idol madonna did. her music is now barable to listen to repeated times, unlike after hearing "crazy" or "Oops, i did it again" once you could not make it through the second time. but i love toxic, probably with being single and on the prowl...it's great to just get up and dance to. nothing wrong with being happy and listening to happy music. so i give kudos to britney. not so much a role model anymore (with the getting smashed and getting married thing) or with her infamous quote "i go to a lot of places oversees, like canada" but hey, give the girl some credit. she's a household name WORLDWIDE and somehow manages to have that pressure and popularity. i know i would have breakdowns. but she's pushing on.

    so britney, shake it like a salt shaker.
    Miss Ton April 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthat ass scoot she does is so hot.
    mikeon April 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe hook is amazing, i totally agree.
    mikeon April 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm far past that teeny boppr stage...but this song is pretty good...it's fun to dance to if you can figure out the right moves without looking totally goofy.
    zacsteron March 04, 2005   Link

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