"3" as written by Tiffany Amber, Max Martin and Shellback,....
One, two, three
Not only you and me
Got one eighty degrees
And I'm caught in between
Countin'
One, two, three
Peter, Paul and Mary
Gettin' down with 3P
Everybody loves me
Oh

Babe, pick a night
To come out and play
If it's alright
What do you say?

Merrier the more
Triple fun that way
Twister on the floor
What do you say?

Are you in
Livin' in sin is the new thing (yeah)
Are, you in
I am countin'

One, two, three
Not only you and me
Got one eighty degrees
And I'm caught in between
Countin'
One, two, three
Peter, Paul and Mary
Gettin' down with 3P
Everybody loves me
Oh

One, two, three
Not only you and me
Got one eighty degrees
And I'm caught in between
Countin'
One, two, three
Peter, Paul and Mary
Gettin' down with 3P
Everybody loves me
Oh

Three is a charm
Two is not the same
I don't see the harm
So are you game?

Lets' make a team
Make 'em say my name
Lovin' the extreme
Now are you game?

Are, you in
Livin' in sin is the new thing
Are, you in
I am countin'

One, two, three
Not only you and me
Got one eighty degrees
And I'm caught in between
Countin'
One, two, three
Peter, Paul and Mary
Gettin' down with 3P
Everybody loves me

One, two, three
Not only you and me
Got one eighty degrees
And I'm caught in between
Countin'
One, two, three
Peter, Paul and Mary
Gettin' down with 3P
Everybody loves me

What we do is innocent
Just for fun and nothin' meant
If you don't like the company
Let's just do it you and me
You and me
Or three
Or four
On the floor!

One, two, three
Not only you and me
Got one eighty degrees
And I'm caught in between
Countin'
One, two, three
Peter, Paul and Mary
Gettin' down with 3P
Everybody loves me
Oh

One, two, three
Not only you and me
Got one eighty degrees
And I'm caught in between
Countin'
One, two, three
Peter, Paul and Mary
Gettin' down with 3P
Everybody loves me
Oh


Lyrics submitted by rust3dxh3art

"3" as written by Max Martin Tiffany Amber

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  • +5
    General Commentdoes anyone else think that

    1, 2, 3
    Not only you and me,
    Got one eighty degrees,
    And I'm caught in between.

    is possibly about her getting DPed? i mean its obviously about thressomes but the 180 deg thing and her in the middle and i immediately thought thats what it meant... :S
    onekarmaon November 01, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDISCLAIMER: I saw this comment on a Britney fansite, and I thought it was a pretty good opinion.
    Credit goes to the girl who wrote it (Kelly) for having an open mind.

    "I posted this on the chat box earlier, but incase anyone feels a little uncomfortable with the song, try thinking of it like this: "Peter, Paul, and Mary" can be taken in two contexts - The biblical one, and the "common names" one.

    We'll go with the religious relation, then. (The actual writer(s) of the song probably wrote it in for shock effect, though.)

    Anyway, since "Peter, Paul, and Mary" were said to be followers of Jesus, the song might be a subtle reference that compares Britney to Jesus. (LOL, no, Britney is not a deity! XD)

    I'm talking about Britney's influence over millions of people. The three people in question might be a reference to fans in general (here's where the "common names" context comes in, since anybody can be her fan), where their loyalty to someone they idolize makes them open or easily persuaded to try something because of how significant they think their idol is.

    In that way, it can be said that because she's suggesting a threesome, her fans (or whoever) might agree to it, because Britney asks/tells them to.

    For the lazy: Maybe it's Britney's influence over her fans being compared (quite dramatically) to Jesus' influence over these three particular people in that one line."
    /on September 30, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI've heard better from Britney but the song is great. The threesome concept just makes it so much better. Catchy and very dance inducing... good for u Brit!
    chrisguzman16on October 07, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTHREESOMEEEEE. haha, great. when i realised what this was about, damn. at first i was like O.O ... but then i lol'd.
    emmadoesthetimewarpon November 10, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentjust a fun song it's britney, let's not get all deep into religion, that's how wars are are astarted and linger
    drbmanon December 29, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLet me address this to whoever is guilty of this, you can’t tell others to go listen to “real music” everyone has their own opinions and taste in music, you don’t have to like Britney Spears that’s your opinion but its pointless to put down other musicians music and denounce it as music just because you don’t like it. You can state your dislike on a song if you want but it really annoys me when people say a particular genre isn’t “real music”, or a artist doesn’t make “real music” weather I like it or not.

    Now on to the comment, I like Britney I always have and this song is pure fun it just makes me want to get up and dance. Sometimes you shouldn’t over analyze music just listen and enjoy, its not meant to have a deep meaning its about fun.
    Buffandaon February 03, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI think it's pretty obvious she's talking about a threesome here... LOL. There's no hidden meaning.
    brittneyxblisson June 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentINSTANT, ABSOLUTE SMASH HIT!!!! The song is so catchy and fun. A little overproducecd, but all-in-all a great track. The writing is good, and i can hear the joy in Britney's voice again. I cannot WAIT for the Britney Single Box Set.

    Oh yeah, the song is absolutely having a threesome. HAWT.
    ChristopherDiscoon September 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI hate to say it, but I really don't think it goes that deep. Common names? Yes. It'd be the same as saying 'Tom, Dick & Harry' in reference to 3 random people. I dont think it has any sort of deeper Biblical reference (even less regarding people seeing Britney as Jesus and her fans as her mentioned followers).
    rust3dxh3arton September 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFun and catchy, and is obviously going to cause controversy, a bit like Katy Perry's "I kissed a girl" but more. To the many people that will complain, turn the station, simple.
    Nayyon October 01, 2009   Link

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