Miley Cyrus is continuing her support of the “Free the Nipple” campaign and film by contributing a song to the film’s soundtrack. Today (Dec. 15), the Bangerz singer’s cover of Melanie Safka’s “Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma” arrived online, and it’s a whole new side of the outrageous pop star.
“Look what they’ve done to my brain, ma / Look what they’ve done to y brain / They picked it like a chicken bone / And they think I’m half-insane, ma / Look what they’ve done to my brain, ma,” Cyrus sings softly, giving the song an old school rock ‘n’ roll feel, which is exactly what the film was going for.
“It’s more rock ‘n’ roll,” Free The Nipple’s director Lina Esco told Variety in November. “It’s very Johnny Cash. Her voice is so raw, and the song is so raw.”
Indeed, there is a different side of Cyrus showcased here. She took the 1971 single and gave it a soft, subtle makeover. With a bit of a reggae beat behind her, Cyrus’s voice blends into the mix, giving the track a dissonant, fuzzy and vintage feel.
Listen to Miley Cyrus’s cover of “Look What They’ve Done to My Song” below:
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“I’ve never played by myself on a stage before and U’ve never played a song that I’ve only played in my living room before, so I’m a little nervous,” she said standing before her audience in a sparkling silver wig.
She explained the song had been inspired by dreams the night her friend’s cat died, saying, “I feel like her cat kind of told me what I was supposed to say to get her through it… It was more therapy to me than anything.”
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In the same performance, Cyrus smoked pot onstage, sang a duet with a topless woman and was joined by Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips.
Miley Cyrus isn’t always straddling plastic penises and causing chaos on her Bangerz Tour. Sometimes, Ms. Cyrus likes to slow it down a little.
That’s why Miley covered Jeff Buckley’s “Lilac Wine” in Melbourne. On Monday, she released the live version on her SoundCloud. Prepare to be blown away.
It’s certainly no “We Can’t Stop.” While I like both sides of Miley, it’s refreshing to be lifted from her go-hard, party-all-the-time vibe to see her getting back to her roots. She previously covered this song in her Backyard Sessions in the days before Bangerz. This one seems more free from mixing, trimming and smoothing, and Miley seems to like it more, tweeting that she’s “evolving.”
If you liked Miley Cyrus’ collaboration with the Flaming Lips at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards — or even if you didn’t — there’s more to hear from the psychedelic pair. The Flaming Lips are prepping a guest-filled re-imagination of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and they’ve just shared the studio version of “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” featuring Miley Cyrus and Moby.
You can listen to the track over at Pledge Music, where a variety of pre-order packages (featuring vinyl, t-shirts, posters, and more) are available. Click “sample artist tracks” to hear the full version.
This cover clocks in at 5:47 — over two minutes longer than the original — so you know there’s some serious Lipsy experimentation going on. But we won’t spoil anything. What do you think of Miley’s contribution?
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, With a Little Help From My Fwends drops Oct. 28. it also features Tegan and Sara, My Morning Jacket, Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis, Grace Potter, and many others covering the album from top to bottom. Check out a full list of collaborators here.
Out at 2014 Bonnaroo, Wayne Coyne told Billboard what it was like to hang and collaborate with Miley; you can also re-watch their BBMAs performance here!