Big Bad World

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  • This piano-driven ballad features the clever line, "I dig out a dollar for the homeless man, but I'm the one that could use the change." Spears told Billboard magazine that her co-writer, Chris Tompkins, gets the credit for the lyric. "We were talking about how lonely I was feeling, and really wanted something familiar. It was a cold day in Nashville. I was missing home. Being the genius that he is, Chris put that emotion in such a way, and that line came from that."
  • Spears told the story of the song to Artist Direct: "I think it was in the wintertime," she recalled. "I was living in Nashville alone with my little girl. I was really in a place where I felt homesick. I was missing my family. I was missing the familiar. I was missing all of that and feeling alone. That song was written from that place. They helped me get the point across really simply."

    "The chorus has a lot less to say opposed to the verses which are wordier," Spears continued. "When I perform it live, I think about a lot of different things. There are a lot of girls who go off to college and feel lonely. It's about being in that lonely place and feeling so small in this big world."
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