Miley Cyrus is back, and she’s making sure we’re here for it! She’s finally blessed us with a new song called Midnight Sky, and it seems like she’s finally free and feeling stronger than ever. Let’s dive into the lyrics and break it down in detail to grasp the Midnight Sky meaning entirely.

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Miley Cyrus Midnight Sky via YouTube

Who is Midnight Sky About?

Miley made it pretty obvious who this song is about. Cyrus has always been open about her relationship with her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth, and this song proves it.

The couple split up in August 2019, after spending a decade together. Although the singer had two more relationships after the breakup, the lyrics of Midnight Sky indicate that this song is about her split with Hemsworth, after all.

Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky Music Video

Midnight Sky Meaning

Midnight Sky is all about that liberating feeling of not being bound to anyone. Cyrus sings about embracing her freedom and living her life to the fullest, never looking back. She makes sure to let us know that she spent way too long being tamed by her lover. Now, she won’t settle anymore.

If you’d like to know more about the song, the whole drama relating to the singer’s love life, and Miley’s own interpretation of Midnight Sky, stick around, and let’s dive into the song together!

Better than Ever

Right from the beginning of Midnight Sky, Miley lets us know that she hasn’t felt this good in years, setting the theme for the rest of the song. The first verse starts with an image of her staring at herself in a mirror, possibly at a party, not wanting to go home because she’s finally feeling free.

Lotta years went by with my hands tied up in your ropes (Your ropes)
Forever and ever, no more (No more)

Lyrics from Midnight Sky by Miley Cyrus

Although we can only speculate, Miley is most likely addressing her ex-husband in this verse, telling him she spent many years tied up in his ropes. This statement indicates how she felt controlled or tired down. It is no secret that Hemsworth was restrictive and had a bit of a conservative view of relationships and marriage, which is nothing like Miley’s free spirit we all know and love.

It seems like the couple was always on the front pages of magazines for their on and off 10 years relationship. In the last line of the verse, Cyrus shows us that she’s done with the ‘forever and ever’ stigma, which seems to have been very restricting and burdensome for the singer. When asked about her previous album, Younger Now, Miley admitted to losing herself to someone else’s ideas and images of what a relationship should be. She’s simply not the type to settle down for a family-type of life, and it seems like she finally made her peace with it.

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Miley Cyrus Midnight Sky via YouTube

Breaking Free

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

Lyrics from Midnight Sky by Miley Cyrus

Looking into the Midnight Sky’s meaning, the pre-chorus and chorus are parts of the song where Miley really shows her liberation. She does not want to be tamed. Miley’s a free spirit and can finally embrace the life given. Settling down just doesn’t seem to work for her, and she can’t let someone tie her down. One may think Cyrus wrote this song for all women (and men!) who got out of toxic relationships and were finally able to embrace who they really are and see all the beauty that life has to offer.

See my lips on her mouth, everybody’s talkin’ now, baby
Ooh, you know it’s true

Lyrics from Midnight Sky by Miley Cyrus

On the same day when her and Liam’s split was announced, Miley was spotted kissing Brody Jenner’s ex-girlfriend, Kaitlynn Carter. The picture of the couple kissing hit the headlines immediately and Cyrus was highly criticized for moving on so quickly, some even accusing her of cheating on her former husband. Miley quickly took it to Twitter to address this rumor:

Addressing the scandal in her song is a rather bold move. Still, considering Cyrus’ fearless image, it comes as no surprise to all of us. After all, singing those lyrics further proves her new-found freedom.

Moving On

Said It ain’t so bad if I wanna make a couple mistakes
You should know right now that I never stay put in one place

Lyrics from Midnight Sky by Miley Cyrus

Miley’s relationship with Carter lasted shortly, and the singer was quick to start a new relationship with her friend, Cody Simpson.  It seems as if Cyrus really IS done with ‘forever and ever’ stigma, and that she’s exploring her options, living and loving freely, without limitations or being tied down.

I don’t need to be loved by you
See his hands ’round my waist, thought you’d never be replaced, baby

Lyrics from Midnight Sky by Miley Cyrus

Although the singer claimed that relationships such as hers and Liam’s are like an addiction, she seems to have finally moved on. After 10 years of going back and forth, it is normal to feel as if the person you’re in love with can’t be replaced. Miley is finally over her ‘addiction’, and she’s letting us know that everyone’s replaceable, no matter how hard our hearts make us believe they are not.

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Miley Cyrus Midnight Sky via YouTube

Miley Cyrus Talks About Midnight Sky

In a recent interview on the Zach Sang Show, Miley explained how this song is about that personal moment when we feel like we’re finally waking up. Cyrus feels like we should live with our heads in the clouds from time to time, and that midnight is a perfect time to do that. The singer also connected the song to the current crisis that the world is facing. The quarantine can get quite depressing and lonely. It is perfectly fine to create our own fantasy world to get lost and feel the freedom we so desperately crave.

After all, every good song is relatable and gives us the freedom to interpret it in our own way. Midnight Sky can mean many different things to many different people, and it is up to us to find our own true meaning of the song. That’s the beauty of it all, and Miley gave us the freedom to do so.