Miley Cyrus is reflecting on who she was and who she’s yet to become in her new track “Used to Be Young”.
The emotional ballad, released today, is the superstar’s first single since her Endless Summer Vacation album in March, which featured the global hit “Flowers.”
“I know I used to be crazy/ Messed up, but God was it fun/ I know I used to be wild/ That’s cause I used to be young,” she sings on the track, with the accompanying music video showing her walking down a dark pathway before stopping right in front of the camera wearing a Mickey Mouse tee, most likely a nod to her Disney past.
During the song, tears stream down her face but the clip ultimately ends with her smiling.
Explaining what it all means in a press release, she says, “The song is about honouring who we’ve been, loving who we are and celebrating who we will become. I feel proud when reflecting on my past and optimistic when thinking about the future. I’m grateful to my loyal fans who make my dreams a reality daily. I am sincerely thankful for the stability of your steadfast support. This song is for you.”
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Prior to release, Miley shared on Instagram that she’d written the lyrics for the song two years ago:
“It was a time I felt misunderstood. I have spent the last 18 months painting a sonic picture of my perspective to share with you. The time has arrived to release a song that I could perfect forever. Although my work is done, this song will continue to write itself everyday. The fact it remains unfinished is a part of its beauty. That is my life at this moment… unfinished yet complete.”
Check out the video below:
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