Miley Cyrus changes 'Flowers' lyrics because it's 'the saddest song'

Miley Cyrus' "Flowers" has spent eight weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, thanks in part to its catchy self-empowerment mantra — but that's not how the song started out started. In a May 18 interview with British Vogue , Miley Cyrus revealed some of the original lyrics to "Flowers," explaining that she rewrote the chorus because it was originally "the saddest song." ".

During the interview, Cyrus nonchalantly dodged questions about the song's many conspiracy theories involving her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth. "I've never had to be a master at tricking the audience," she said. "It'll catch itself on fire." She continues the story of "Flowers," detailing how she subverted the chorus and completely changed its message.

"I wrote it in a completely different way," she said. "The chorus turned out to be: 'I can buy myself flowers and write my name in the sand, but I can't love you more than I love you.'" It used to be more like the 1950s. The saddest songs, like, "Sure, I could be my own lover, but you're so much better." Cyrus added that the final lyrics didn't reflect how she felt, but that's what she wanted to tell herself. "The song is kind of fake 'til you make it," she said, "and I'm a big fan of it."

Cyrus previously spoke about the evolution of "Flowers" on her Disney+ special "Endless Summer: Backyard Sessions ," saying the demo for the song was released as a bonus track on her "Endless Summer" album. 's, very different from the celebratory song "Fans know and express the true emotions in the lyrics."

"It's definitely more melancholy," she said. "Really, when you take away all the voices and the big harmonies, there's a lot of sadness. But I like the idea of ​​'fake it 'til you make it.' In the first chorus, I'm kind of telling myself, I'm trying to convince myself, And by the third chorus, you can hear a sense of confidence that I finally believe it,” considering the song stayed at No. 1 worldwide for several months and became the fastest to hit 1 billion plays in Spotify’s history. song, it's safe to say that many people now believe the lyrics themselves.