We're Decoding Miley Cyrus' 'Used To Be Young' Lyrics

25 August 2023, 09:49 | Updated: 25 August 2023, 09:53

Miley Cyrus has released ‘Used To Be Young’ and the video for the emotional ballad sees the singer in tears – so what is Miley singing about and what are the lyrics?

Miley Cyrus has returned with a brand new track called ‘Used To Be Young’, which is thought to be about her relationship with ex-husband Liam Hemsworth.

The 30-year-old has been busy this year after dropping her latest album, ‘Endless Summer Vacation’, including hit tracks like ‘Flowers’ and ‘Jaded’ – and now we’re set to get a fresh dose of hits from the singer.

Released exactly 10 years after ‘Wrecking Ball’, ‘Used To Be Young’ hears Miley sing about being called ‘wild’, referring to her younger years which she calls ‘crazy’ and ‘fun’, but in the video she sings the song in tears, seemingly holding a broken heart for her younger self.

She even wears a Mickey Mouse top in the video, referring to her Disney Channel days after growing up playing Hannah Montana in the self-titled show.

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But what are the lyrics to ‘Used To Be Young’ and what’s the meaning?

Here’s the full lowdown…

Miley Cyrus has been teasing a new single called 'Used To Be Young'
Miley Cyrus has been teasing a new single called ‘Used To Be Young’. Picture: Getty

What is Miley’s ‘Used To Be Young’ about?

Miley sings about her younger self being called ‘crazy’ in ‘Used To Be Young’, and has included a lot of lyrics about how much she’s changed over the years. When she announced the song’s release, Miley took to social media to share a little more insight into the song’s meaning.

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She said the track is about ‘honouring who we’ve been, loving who we are and celebrating who we will become,’ adding that she feels ‘proud when reflecting on her past and ‘joyful’ thinking about the future. She also thanked fans for their life-long support and dedicated the tune to her huge fan base.

Here’s what Miley wrote on Twitter: “This song is about honoring who we’ve been, loving who we are & celebrating who we will become. I feel proud when reflecting on my past and joyful when thinking about the future. I am 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. Truly, Miley.”

The former Disney star paid homage to the start of her career by wearing a t-shirt with a Mickey Mouse print in the video, referencing when she was in the younger years of her career, starring as Hannah Montana, who she played for five years, on the Disney Channel

She also celebrated the ten-year anniversary of her iconic album ‘Bangerz’ earlier this month, and the description on the online merch store read: “Take a trip down memory lane to when Miley Used To Be Young,” referencing her era that included songs like ‘Wrecking Ball’, ‘We Can’t Stop’ and ‘Love Money Party’.

Miley Cyrus wears a Mickey Mouse top in her 'Used To Be Young' video
Miley Cyrus wears a Mickey Mouse top in her ‘Used To Be Young’ video. Picture: Miley Cyrus/YouTube

What are the lyrics to Miley Cyrus’ ‘Used To Be Young’?

The truth is bulletproof, there’s no foolin’ you

I don’t dress the same

Me and who you say I was yesterday

Have gone our separate ways

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Left my livin’ fast somewhere in the past

‘Cause that’s for chasin’ cars

Turns out open bars lead to broken hearts

And goin’ way too far

I know I used to be crazy

I know I used to be fun

You say I used to be wild I say

I used to be young

You tell me time has done changed me

That’s fine, I’ve had a good run

I know I used to be crazy

That’s ‘causе I used to be young

Take onе, pour it out, it’s not worth cryin’ ’bout

The things you can’t erase

Like tattoos and regrets, words I never meant

And ones that got away

Left my livin’ fast somewhere in the past

And took another road

Turns out crowded rooms empty out as soon

There’s somewhere else to go, oh

I know I used to be crazy

I know I used to be fun

You say I used to be wild

I say I used to be young

You tell me time has done changed me

That’s fine, I’ve had a good run

I know I used to be crazy

That’s ’cause I used to be young

Oh

Oh

Oh woah, oh woah

Oh woah, oh, yeah

Woah

Woah

Oh woah, oh woah

Oh woah, oh

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

Those wasted nights are not wasted

I remember every one

I know I used to be crazy

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That’s ’cause I used to be young

You tell me time has done changed me

That’s fine, I’ve had a good run

I know I used to be crazy

That’s ’cause I used to be young

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