Britney Spears' new album Glory dropped on Friday, and rest assured: there's no avant-garde reinvention, this is just pure Britney Spears ear-candy. If you're a long time fan, you'll love Spears ' Glory. If not, meh, then why are you reading an article about Britney Spears? Let's not lie to ourselves, children. The lyrics are pretty much as you'd imagine — lots of sweet nothings about love and seduction set to a pulsing dance beat. But these are the songs available in English. The Spanish lyrics in "Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortes)," however, could cause a bit more confusion. Don't worry, though. This is my chance to put my long-ago gap year in Spain to some practical use.
I'd get it if you were intrigued. The song draws you in with an English intro and some summery guitar before doing a linguistic switcheroo: just as the chorus hits, Spears moves to Seville. Also, the singer delivers the lines with some signature circa-2006 breathiness. What exactly does she want to make the addressee change their mind about? And while the chorus is interspersed with English, there's then a whole bridge delivered in Spanish. What the what? Let's explore.
No seas cortésI'ma make you change your mindNo seas cortésYou don't wanna cross the lineI'ma make you change your mind
Obviously, most of this is understandable for the average English-speaking Muggle. But what's this mysterious refrain of "No seas cortés"? Don't be polite. My personal interpretation? Politeness keeps us at a distance from each other. Spears doesn't want to be held at arm's length, just held.
Yo sé que estás intentando ser educadoYo sé que me quieres tratar bienPero no seas cortés (no seas cortés)Yo sé que estás intentando ser educadoYo sé que me quieres tratar bienPero no seas cortésSay you don't wanna cross the lineBut I'mma make you change your mind
"Educado" can be translated in two ways: as educated or as polite. So Spears is saying something similar to the chorus here:
I know you're trying to be politeI know you want to treat me wellBut don't be polite (don't be polite)I know you're trying to be politeI know you want to treat me wellBut don't be politeSay you don't wanna cross the lineBut I'ma make you change your mind
In short: Spears thinks gentlemen are all well and good, but she's ready for a less refined attention. So Y-chromosome havers, if you're reading this and are aiming for her heart, don't forget to forget your pleases and thank you's.
Additional Reporting By Marie Southard Ospina