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In a press release, Cyrus mentioned that the song revolves around acknowledging our past, embracing our present selves, and rejoicing in the individuals we aspire to be.
Miley Cyrus no longer identifies with the feeling of being “Younger Now.” Recently, the renowned artist released a poignant music video for her new song “Used to Be Young.” In the video, she contemplates her earlier days of revelry while grappling with the realization that her identity has evolved over time.
Cyrus, who is now 30 years old, conveyed the sentiment behind the heartfelt ballad in a press statement. She explained that the song encapsulates the idea of paying tribute to one’s history, embracing one’s present self, and anticipating the individual they are destined to become. She expressed a sense of pride when reminiscing about her past and an optimistic outlook when envisioning the future.
She further added, “My sincere gratitude goes out to my dedicated fans who consistently transform my aspirations into reality. I deeply appreciate the unwavering foundation of your continuous encouragement. This song is my gift to all of you.”
In the lyrics of “Used to Be Young,” Cyrus reflects on past years of her life and career, a time characterized by indulging in partying and acknowledges that she doesn’t lament those experiences, even as she finds new significance in life as she matures.
“I recall the days of my recklessness / Chaotic, yet oh, how delightful / I reminisce about my untamed spirit / That’s simply the result of my youthful phase,” she sings in the song. “The nights that might appear squandered hold value / I retain vivid memories of each one / I acknowledge my previous audaciousness / As it originates from a time of youthfulness.”
The music video for the song takes a minimalist approach, portraying Cyrus walking along a dimly lit pathway. This visual evokes memories of her “The Climb” music video. At a certain point, she pauses directly in front of the camera, dressed in a Mickey Mouse t-shirt, a nod to her earlier days on Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana.
As she melodiously delivers the poignant lyrics of “Used to Be Young,” tears stream down the singer-songwriter’s face throughout most of the video. Toward the conclusion, she breaks into a wide grin, a gesture that seems to symbolize her embracing her history and looking back with affection.
In relation to the music video, Cyrus explained, “The experience is incredibly moving because I share a striking resemblance to my mother [Tish], and through an innovative technology that allowed me to engage in a live stream with my mom from within the camera, I could sense her presence.”
“In the process, we were able to visually connect and observe each other. Seeing her dance triggered a mix of emotions in me—tears, laughter, and a surge of genuine feelings. This aspect really allows us to open up to authentic sentiments, something that appears to be quite rare in the current times,” she further shared.
“Used to Be Young” marks Cyrus’ latest single since the release of her album “Endless Summer Vacation” in March, which yielded the hit song “Flowers.”
The release of the new track coincides with an updated edition of her Disney+ special that premiered earlier this year, titled “Endless Summer Vacation: Continued (Backyard Sessions).” After its broadcast on ABC Thursday night, the program is now accessible for streaming on Hulu.