Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” Is Officially the Most-Streamed Song in a Single Week on Spotify

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We’re about two months (!!) away from Miley Cyrus’ new album, Endless Summer Vacation. But on January 13, the singer-songwriter blessed fans worldwide with the drop of her latest single, “Flowers.” The breakup anthem has earned Miley her biggest career streaming debut ever, according to ABC Audio. And on January 20 — one week after its release — it became the most-streamed song in a single week on Spotify *ever,* with over 83 million plays (and counting!).

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Ofc, fans can’t stop theorizing about the message behind the bop — especially since it was released on Liam Hemsworth’s birthday, aka her ex-husband and on-and-off boyfriend of a decade. The couple split after eight months of marriage in 2019, and Miley has briefly opened up about their relationship in the years since, recently calling it, ahem, “a f**king disaster,” per E! News.

Given the empowering lyrics of “Flowers,” listeners believe that the song is a message to her ex. Not only does the song seemingly make direct references to their relationship together, but it also interpolates with Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man,” which fans and multiple outlets claim Liam once dedicated to Miley.

But wait, there’s more! One user on Twitter, @OCHannahMontana, pointed out in a now-viral Tweet that the dance move Miley does at the beginning of the “Flowers” music video mirrors the one she once pulled on the red carpet with Liam. In the video, a seemingly embarrassed Liam can be heard saying to Miley, “Don’t do it, don’t do it… We’re on the carpet.”

Here, we break down the full lyrics — and all of the references to Liam — in Miley’s latest single, “Flowers.”

Lyrics provided by Genius.

[Verse 1]
We were good, we were gold
Kinda dream that can't be sold
We were right 'til we weren't
Built a home and watched it burn

The very first verse to “Flowers” appears to reference the devastating 2018 Woolsey fires in Malibu, California, in which Miley and Liam lost their home.

In a December 2020 interview on The Howard Stern Show, Miley revealed that if the fire never happened, she’s not sure if she and Liam would have ever married. “Me being an intense person and not wanting to sit with it and not wanting to go, you know, ‘What could be purposeful about this?’ I just clung to what I had left of that house, which was me and him,” she said. “And I really do and did love him very, very, very much and still do, always will.”

[Pre-Chorus]
Mm, I didn't wanna leave you, I didn't wanna lie
Started to cry, but then remembered I

[Chorus]
I can buy myself flowers
Write my name in the sand
Talk to myself for hours
Say things you don't understand
I can take myself dancing
And I can hold my own hand
Yeah, I can love me better than you can

The chorus to Miley’s “Flowers” seems to interpolate with the hook to Bruno Mars’ 2012 track, “When I Was Your Man.” The verse to Bruno’s song is as follows: It all just sounds like ooh, ooh, ooh / Mm, too young, too dumb to realize / That I should have bought you flowers / And held your hand / Should have gave you all my hours / When I had the chance / Take you to every party 'cause all you wanted to do was dance.

[Post-Chorus]
Can love me better, I can love me better, baby
Can love me better, I can love me better, baby

[Verse 2]
Paint my nails cherry-red
Match the roses that you left
No remorse, no regret
I forgive every word you said

[Pre-Chorus]
Ooh, I didn't wanna leave you, baby, I didn't wanna fight
Started to cry, but then remembered I

Self-love, self-empowerment, yes, yes, yes.

[Chorus]
I can buy myself flowers
Write my name in the sand
Talk to myself for hours, yeah
Say things you don't understand
I can take myself dancing, yeah
I can hold my own hand
Yeah, I can love me better than you can


The apparent mirroring to Bruno’s song repeats.

[Post-Chorus]
Can love me better, I can love me better, baby
Can love me better, I can love me better, baby
Can love me better, I can love me better, baby
Can love me better, I (Ooh, I)

[Bridge]
I didn't wanna leave you, I didn't wanna fight
Started to cry, but then remembered I

The bridge could reference the fallout of their relationship, which Miley addressed in the 2020 interview on The Howard Stern Show. The artist shared that “there was too much conflict” in their relationship, per E! News, which led to their split. “When I come home, I want to be anchored by someone,” she said. “I don't get off on drama or fighting.”

[Chorus]
I can buy myself flowers (Uh-huh)
Write my name in the sand
Talk to myself for hours (Yeah)
Say things you don't understand (Better than you)
I can take myself dancing, yeah
I can hold my own hand
Yeah, I can love me better than
Yeah, I can love me better than you can

The final interpolation to Bruno’s song.

[Post-Chorus]
Can love me better, I can love me better, baby (Uh)
Can love me better, I can love me better, baby (Than you can)
Can love me better, I can love me better, baby
Can love me better, I

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