Britney Spears Releases New Single '3' & We Try To Figure Out What Those Lyrics Mean

Just two days after her “Circus” tour wrapped in the US, Britney Spears dropped her new single “3” (and cover art featured below) — listen to it on Z100.com — reminding us how we just can’t live without her. The song is the only new track off her new compilation album, The Singles Collection, which hits stores November 24.

Unlike the title track off Circus, which discusses how she feels trapped in the middle of a circus and “Piece of Me” from 2007’s Blackout, about the media’s scrutiny into her personal life, “3” is a return to themes of her light-hearted song like “If U Seek Amy.” Quick quiz: what adult sexual activity involves three people? Ding ding ding! You’re a winner.

But while the song’s catchy tune will have you singing “1, 2, 3/Peter, Paul and Mary” (full lyrics after the jump) for days on end, we’re going to dig a little deeper into the “three” element behind the single. First off, The Singles Collection is Britney’s third compilation album, following 2004’s Greatest Hits: My Prerogative and 2005’s B in the Mix: The Remixes.

And, when looking at the past decade of Britney, it can be said this is the third stage of her fame. First, she was the teenager telling us she’s “not that innocent.” Then she went through a period of social dissolution which was closely documented and followed by the media. Now, finally on her redemptive comeback, Britney is ready to take the stage as pop queen in the third phase of her career. With her “Circus” tour looking to be the most successful of the year, it looks like we can already call her that.

Or we can just say the song is about threesomes.

Decide for yourself! Check out the lyrics below, listen to the song and share your thoughts with us on the new Britney below!

Britney Spear “3” lyrics courtesy of Just Jared:

1, 2, 3

Not only you and me

Got one eighty degrees

And I’m caught in between

Countin’

1, 2, 3

Peter, Paul & Mary

Gettin’ down with 3P

Everybody loves ***

Countin’

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’!

1, 2, 3

Not only you and me

Got one eighty degrees

And I’m caught in between

Countin’

1, 2, 3

Peter, Paul & Mary

Gettin’ down with 3P

Everybody loves ***

Countin’

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’!

1, 2, 3

Not only you and me

Got one eighty degrees

And I’m caught in between

Countin’

1, 2, 3

Peter, Paul & Mary

Gettin’ down with 3P

Everybody loves ***

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

What do you think of Britney's new song? Will you be downloading it anytime soon?