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Britney Spears - I've Just Begun (Having My Fun) (Audio)03:22

Britney Spears - I've Just Begun (Having My Fun) (Audio)

Britney Spears
Greatest Hits: My Prerogative
Released August 17, 2004
Genre Electro-funk
Length 3:23
Label Jive
Writer Britney Spears, Michelle Bell, Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Henrik Jonback
Producer Bloodshy & Avant, Steven Lunt

"I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)" is a song by American recording artist Britney Spears, taken from her first greatest hits album Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (2004). The song was produced by Bloodshy & Avant and originally recorded for In the Zone. It was released as a digital download on August 17, 2004, prior to the album's release. The track has an electro-funk sound that draw comparisons to No Doubt's single "Hella Good" as well as 1970s American funk bands. Lyrically, the songs refers to having a good time at a party. "I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)" received mixed reviews from critics, some naming it one of the best songs in the compilation, while others dismissed its lyrical content. The song was featured on the soundtrack of the 2011 film Bridesmaids.

BackgroundEdit

"I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)" was originally recorded for Spears's fourth studio album, In the Zone (2003).[1] The song was written by Spears, Michelle Bell, Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Henrik Jonback, and was produced by Bloodshy & Avant.[2] The song was first included as a bonus track in the European version of the In the Zone DVD. In the United States, the track was a free download in the Wal-Mart edition of In the Zone, due to an exclusive deal with Wal-Mart and Sony Connect.[1] When the deal ended in mid-2004, Jive Records released the song on the iTunes Store and Rhapsody on August 17, 2004.[3] "I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)" peaked at number seven on the iTunes chart while it was speculated to be in the tracklist of Greatest Hits: My Prerogative.[1] The song was featured on the soundtrack of the 2011 film Bridesmaids.[4]

Lyrics Edit

Here is a little story that I made up
So Let's make believe
Four years ago I had a party
that was too much fun for me
Boy there's a sexy guy
He'd surely give me everything I need
Sometimes I let temptation go too far
and get the best of me
All I gotta say is
I just wanna have some fun
And I'll do it until I'm done
I'm telling you

I'm just a crazy kind of girl
I'll tell it to the world
I've just begun having my fun
Inside me there's something I found
I wanna shop around
I just begun
Don't wanna settle down

The conversation was going over 'til I turned my hair
He started touching me and kissing me
Like he didn't care
I thought at first I should go home
But then fell asleep in the chair
All I gotta say is
I just wanna have some fun
And I'll do it until I'm done
I'm telling you

I'm just a crazy kind of girl
I'll tell it to the world
I've just begun having my fun
Inside me there's something I found
I wanna shop around
I just begun
Don't wanna settle down

I'm just a crazy kind of girl
I'll tell it to the world
I've just begun having my fun
Inside me there's something I found
I wanna shop around
I just begun
Don't wanna settle down

I just wanna have a good time
I just wanna be myself
And don't let anybody tell you it's any differently
I wanna enjoy the sunshine
And do the things that I need
To see what feels good to me
I'm just so crazy

I'm just a crazy kind of girl
I'll tell it to the world
I've just begun having my fun
Inside me there's something I found
I wanna shop around
I just begun
Don't wanna settle down

I just begun
I just begun
having my fun
I just begun
Having my fun, yeah!

CompositionEdit

"I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)" is an electro-funk song, and according to the sheetmusic published at musicnotes.com by Universal Music Publishing Group, is composed in the key of G minor with 108 beats per minute.[1][5] It has a dance-oriented beat that has been compared by Jennifer Vineyard of MTV and Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic to No Doubt's 2002 single "Hella Good".[1][6] Spears's vocal range spans from the high-tone of G3 to the low-tone of Eb5.[5] The track features mainly guitar and bass, along with string arrangements and 1970s synthesizers reminiscent of Zapp and The Gap Band.[7] Its lyrics refer to a make-believe situation in which Spears describes an encounter with a man at a party. During the song, she declares to prefer having a good time rather than settling down.[1].

ReceptionEdit

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic said "the In the Zone outtake [...] betters most of the songs that were featured on the album".[6] Annabel Leathes of BBC Online commented that along with "Do Somethin'", they are "[two] robust, unreleased tracks [that] suggest, however, that she may still be churning out a few more No.1s before taking time out to sing lullabies to her brood".[8] Ann Powers of Blender called the song "instantly forgettable and biographically inaccurate,"[9] while Mike McGuirk of Rhapsody said the song "is on a level with her best work, namely "I'm a Slave 4 U"."[3] Louis Pattison of the New Musical Express stated that the lyrics "chime rather oddly with Britney’s much-vaunted desire to start a family".[10] On the week of September 4, 2004, "I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)" debuted at number twenty-three on Billboard Hot Digital Tracks,[11] and falling at number forty-one in the following.[12]

ReceptionEdit

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic said "the In the Zone outtake [...] betters most of the songs that were featured on the album".[6] Annabel Leathes of BBC Online commented that along with "Do Somethin'", they are "[two] robust, unreleased tracks [that] suggest, however, that she may still be churning out a few more No.1s before taking time out to sing lullabies to her brood".[8] Ann Powers of Blender called the song "instantly forgettable and biographically inaccurate,"[9] while Mike McGuirk of Rhapsody said the song "is on a level with her best work, namely "I'm a Slave 4 U"."[3] Louis Pattison of the New Musical Express stated that the lyrics "chime rather oddly with Britney’s much-vaunted desire to start a family".[10] On the week of September 4, 2004, "I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)" debuted at number twenty-three on Billboard Hot Digital Tracks,[11] and falling at number forty-one in the following.[12]

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