Last month, Miley Cyrus scaled back her gonzo pop style for "Malibu," a cheery, minimalist crowd-pleaser. Now, she's getting back to her roots with open-air country ballad "Inspired." But where "Malibu" was an ode to her fiancé, Liam Hemsworth, Cyrus' "Inspired" lyrics play like a love letter to the world — which makes sense, given that the singer dedicated the song to Pride Month on Instagram.
"In celebration of #Pride & the desperate cry for more love in this world #Inspired is OUT NOW everywhere!!!!," she wrote, adding that she'll be donating her personal profits from the song to the Happy Hippie Foundation, which fights "injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations." The track starts out with a fiddle-imbued reflection on what sounds like climate change, with Cyrus lamenting a worsening environment.
She then calls back to her childhood days in rural Tennessee with her dad — pleasant memories that push her to want to make a difference.
The chorus then shifts to talk directly to her listeners, encouraging fans to open the door to change and strive for more.
In the second and last verse, she speaks more broadly about hate and fear of difference, pleading the we come together and use the time we have to make a meaningful impact.
And then she dips once more into the chorus, ending on a final, rallying cry to "pull the handle on the door that opens up to change."
It's a simple but potent song, and one that resonates powerfully amidst our increasingly divided political climate. Whether you like Cyrus' music or not, everyone should be able to get on board with the message of this one.