“Sometimes” is the second single from pop singer Britney Spears, released from her debut album …BOMT during the second quarter of 1999.
The song was written by Jörgen Elofsson; he would go on to win a BMI Pop Award in 2000 in the category of Song of the Year for composing “Sometimes”. The song was produced by Per Magnusson & David Kreuger, and is written in B Major Spears’ vocal range runs from G3 – D5, running nearly two octaves. The track is a classic example of a pop ballad about love and its symptoms, as Spears declares “sometimes I run, sometimes I hide, sometimes I’m scared of you.” The song appears as #5 on Now That’s What I Call Music 3. During her Onyx Hotel Tour in Miami, Britney starts to sing the chorus of “Sometimes” then claims that she never really liked the song.
As with her previous single “…BOMT”, “Sometimes” was also directed by Nigel Dick. Shot at Paradise Cove in Malibu, California, Spears watches her love interest from afar, who is played by model Chad Cole. As he plays with his dog on the sand, Spears is seen on a lookout, by the pier and on a picnic blanket wishing she was there with him. The video also includes dance scenes with Spears and several others on the pier adorned in white. This video portrayed Spears as the girl next door, unlike the Lolita image portrayed in “…BOMT”. The video was first shot in February 1999, but was delayed after she injured her left knee and needed surgery. After recuperating, it was filmed from April 9-10, 1999.
There are two edits of the video. One features mainly beauty shots during the first verse, the second edit features more dancing footage from on the pier. The radio edit of the song was used for the video, it shortens the intro and removes an instrumental bridge towards the end of the song.