Back and breaking records. That’s what listeners can say of Miley Cyrus’ latest track, “Flowers.”
A blend of pop and funk, “Flowers,” received more than 100 million streams in the first week on Spotify, and it’s currently sitting in the No. 1 spot on the YouTube charts.
Like a lot of Cyrus’ work, this song focuses on a former lover. And while the lyrics may not hold any profanity or questionable content, the music video more than makes up for it.
Cyrus is realizing she doesn’t need a romantic relationship to fulfill her or somehow make her more whole (I can buy myself flowers/…Talk to myself for hours/…I can take myself dancing/I can hold my own hand/I can love me better than you can”). She’s even working through forgiveness toward this former lover (“No remorse, no regret/I forgive every word you said”).
But the lyrics in this song aren’t necessarily where the content issues lie. It’s really the music video where provocative images stack up pretty quick.
The video features Cyrus wearing a revealing outfit, swimming in a bikini and working out in a bra and underwear (while the camera pans in on her cleavage and behind). It also shows her naked from behind as she’s in the shower, and quite a bit of cleavage is flashed as she dances around in a suit jacket with no shirt underneath.
If you listen to this song on its own without the accompanying video, then you will hear a track without profanity or innuendo that focuses on Miley getting over a romantic relationship and moving forward. But if you pair these lyrics with the visuals, you’re in for a visually alluring and provocative video that has, unfortunately, become a Miley Cyrus staple.
Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).