Miley Cyrus just wants to party on her new single, “We Can’t Stop.” Released last week, the tune immediately became a viral hit, and after a few plays, it left some fans scratching their heads about some of its edgier lyrics.
On the track, the lead single off her highly anticipated 2013 album, one lyric has listeners wondering if the 20-year-old is singing “dancing with Molly” (a reference to the party drug Ecstasy) or “dancing with Miley” (a reference to, of course, herself). So, MTV News went straight to the song’s producer, Mike Will Made It, for some clarification.
“It’s whatever you take it,” he explained. “If you want to dance with Molly, then you gonna enjoy the line ‘Dancing with Molly.’ You know what I’m saying? But whoever wants to dance with Miley, and whoever enjoys Miley Cyrus, then you know what I’m saying, then they’re going to take it as ‘Dancing with Miley.’ So however y’all want to take it. It’s not really for us to just really lay out. We just put the record out.”
Whether she’s singing about Miley or Molly on that particular line, another lyric — “And everyone in line in the bathroom/Trying to get a line in the bathroom” — has fans speculating if she’s referencing cocaine.
“I mean it’s a point-of-view record, so she never said that she was standing in the line in the bathroom, trying to get her line in the bathroom. She said everyone in line in the bathroom, trying to get a line in the bathroom,” he explained. “So I mean there’s different party. You got some parties where people might dance with Molly. You got some parties where people might be doing lines… A party is a party. It’s like a point-of-view. So I wasn’t at the exact party that made her connect with the record, so I can’t really tell you whoever she’s talking about. It’s not her. It’s really like a point-of-view record.”
He likens the tune to Rihanna’s Unapologetic stripper anthem, “Pour It Up,” which he also produced, noting that both songs narrate events going on around the singers, not necessarily activities they are partaking in. Though, Miley’s tune was inspired by some real-life events she witnessed for herself.
“When she heard this song, what made her connect to this song is it reminded her of a specific party, a specific party where she was at,” he said. “If you listen to the lyrics, it’s not really her saying like she’s in the bathroom getting a [line]; it’s like everyone’s in line in the bathroom trying to get a [line] in the bathroom. You know what I’m saying?”
He added, “And then it’s like ‘All my home girls here with the big butts…’ you know what I’m saying? She’s saying real stuff. It’s all real. So it’s not like her trying to force anything or anything like that. It’s like speaking from experience. It’s like a point-of-view record.”