Sometimes the aftermath of ending a relationship isn’t the hardest part. On her latest single “Every Beginning Ends,” Noah Cyrus makes a case for the moment of realization that you’ve already fallen out of love before it’s even over. The country ballad recruits Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard for the quiet conclusion of a breakup settled in the truth that all good things must come to an end.
“You have to wake up every morning/And choose to love someone,” the pair sing tenderly on the chorus. “But I’m finding that harder the more that I’m falling out of love with you.”
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Cyrus and Gibbard penned “Every Beginning Ends” for her forthcoming album The Hardest Part, out Sept. 16, hoping to parse out the complex emotions of a relationship ending because it faded out naturally on its own, when there’s no fingers to point or blame to be assigned.
“We talked about past relationships, failed relationships, our parents’ relationships, and relationships that have lasted forever,” Cyrus explained in a statement. “He told me his dad has a saying: ‘you have to wake up and choose to love someone every day,’ and it sparked this conversational song about the twilight of a relationship and the reluctance to admit that something has run its course. I relate to that in many ways, not only with me, but also just with my parents’ relationship. Writing about that gave me more understanding.”
Cyrus described the experience of working with Gibbard as surreal, having been listening to his music since her older sister Brandi first introduced her to Death Cab. “It was pretty daunting to get in the room with him,” she added. “But once we got to work it all came very naturally.”
The song came together line by line as Cyrus and Gibbard ping-ponged conversational lyrics back and forth until the relationship they were narrating finally flickered out.
“I kept coming back to it and just basking in her brilliance,” Gibbard told Rolling Stone. “It’s easy to be mysterious. It’s easy to be aloof. It’s easy to be cool. It’s so much harder to be earnest, and it’s so much harder because she’s really opening herself up with a lot of these songs.”
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