Why Miley Cyrus’ ‘Midnight Sky’ lyrics are the self-love anthem we needed

Olivia Olphin August 14, 2020
Why Miley Cyrus’ ‘Midnight Sky’ lyrics are the self-love anthem we needed

Miley Cyrus released ‘Midnight Sky’ today after teasing the single on her social media all week, and the lyrics are striking.

The track is the first in a new musical direction for the Nashville-born singer and shows Miley thriving, taking control of her music. Here’s why the single is an anthem to self-love and self-acceptance.

Miley Cyrus is no stranger to public attention and media scrutiny. Her very public divorce from ex-husband Liam Hemsworth was splashed across the cover of every newspaper and magazine. More recently, she ended a 10-month relationship with boyfriend Cody Simpson.

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Midnight Sky feels like a step towards Miley making peace with being single and accepting her past. If there is one thing we can learn from Miley it is that you should not apologise for being your authentic self.

This eighties-influenced track takes inspiration from icons of the period such as Debbie Harry and Stevie Nicks. These were fierce women making iconic, feminist music in a predominantly male industry.

Midnight Sky’s synth pop style is infectious and vibrant. This is a track that many young women will be dancing around to in their rooms.

The Lyrics to Midnight Sky

‘I was born to run, I don’t belong to anyone, oh no, I don’t need to be loved by you’.

Miley Cyrus’ Midnight Sky lyrics shine with female autonomy and self worth. Miley is recognising the need to own your power and the freedom that comes from this. Self-love is the key to independence.

‘It’s been a long time since I felt this good on my own’.

This lyric is emblematic of the journey to self-acceptance. Miley has been through so many changes throughout her career and grew up in the public eye. It’s heartwarming and empowering to see her finally find happiness in herself.

It ain’t so bad if I wanna make a couple mistakes”

Miley’s right, no one is perfect! Mistakes are just as much a part of you as your successes.

‘See my lips on her mouth, everyone’s talking baby’
See his hands ’round my waist, thought you’d never be replaced, baby’

Miley has commented on her pansexuality before, saying, ‘My whole life, I didn’t understand my own gender and my own sexuality. I always hated the word “bisexual,” because that’s even putting me in a box. I don’t ever think about someone being a boy or someone being a girl.

The Midnight Sky lyrics embrace the singer-songwriter’s attraction to all genders with confidence in her own sexuality — there is even a subtle reference to her past relationship with Kaitlynn Carter. This song is Miley’s way of championing love and attraction towards everyone, regardless of stereotypes.

To top it all off, Miley directed the video herself-directed, to better express her unique vision of a technicolour world. This is the start of a new era for the singer – one of self-love, self acceptance and exciting possibilities.

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.