We already knew that Miley Cyrus and Bret Michaels were in a mutual fan club, but fans have been taken aback by the provocative nature of their collaboration "Nothin' to Lose," which hit the Internet on Thursday. The Poison frontman was quick to defend the ballad, in which the rocker and the teen queen sing about love and sex.
"We both know better than this/ Still we can't resist/ Slowly get undressed/ Won't you fall down on me/ So close I can feel you breathe," they sing in the chorus. But Michaels told UsMagazine.com that he didn't even take into account the suggestive lyrics when they laid down their vocals. "It's blown out of proportion," he said, adding that he had gotten a number of texts about it. "I was like, 'What the f--- is going on?' Everyone's going nuts!"
The song, which he said he wrote and recorded years back without Cyrus, got the 17-year-old's attention while they were recording her cover of his tune "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" for her next album. Michaels said Cyrus' mother was with them in a New York recording studio when he played "Nothin' to Lose," which he says will appear on his album due out in June.
"[Miley's] like, 'This is an incredible song, it's beautiful. Maybe I could [add] some stuff to it, some harmonies.' I said, 'That'd be killer!' " he said. "She was excited that she didn't have to follow any rules. I never sat down and said, 'Look at the content. Look at the lyrical content.'
"The part where it says she slowly gets undressed, Miley says, 'Yeah, she does,' " Michaels continued. "It has no reference to her and [me]. It's not even a duet. As God is my witness, there is nothing I have to be defensive about. I'm a good dad. I just thought it was a beautiful song. "
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