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After much teasing, Miley Cyrus released the very first single of her new music era tonight at 7 p.m., “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart.” She and Mark Ronson wrote the song together, which poetically explores heartbreak and resilience. The music video, meanwhile, touches on gun culture and the political culture we’re in:

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The personal ties lyrically seem limited—at least in terms of Cyrus’s romantic relationship. In the first verse, Cyrus alludes to a “burning house,” just weeks after her and her fiancé Liam Hemsworth’s Malibu estate burned down in the Woolsey Fire. Cyrus and Hemworth have visibly spent time together in Tennessee (“Remember what you said to me?/We’re drunk in love in Tennessee/And I’ll hold it, we both know it”). But beyond that, Cyrus doesn’t seem to be referencing any recent romantic heartbreak. Cyrus has been engaged to Hemsworth for over a year, and a source told Entertainment Tonight earlier this week that “Miley and Liam are totally in love and are so happy living together.”

Taken together with her music video, it’s more likely Cyrus is referencing her political heartbreak and her own coping with the divisive current political climate.

Here, the lyrics to decipher, via Genius. They are a powerful glimpse of Cyrus’s songwriting now.

Intro:

This world can hurt you, it cuts you deep and leaves a scar

Things fall apart, but nothing breaks like a heart, nothing breaks like a heart.

Verse 1:

I heard you on the phone last night

We live and die by pretty lies, you know it. We both know it.

These silver bullet cigarettes, this burning house

There’s nothing left, it’s smoking, but we both know it

We got all night to fall in love

But just like that we fall apart, we’re broken, we’re broken

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Pre-Chorus:

Nothing, nothing, nothing gon’ save us now

Chorus:

This broken silence, my thunder crashing in the dark

Crash in the dark

And this broken record, spinning in circles

In the bars, spin ’round in the bars

This world can hurt you, it cuts you deep and leaves a scar

Things fall apart, but nothing breaks like a heart, ooh

Nothing breaks like a heart, nothing breaks like a heart

Verse 2:

We’ll leave each other cold as ice

And high and dry, the desert wind it’s blowing, it’s blowing

Remember what you said to me?

We’re drunk in love in Tennessee

And I’ll hold it, we both know it

Pre-Chorus:

Nothing, nothing, nothing gon’ save us now

Nothing, nothing, nothing gon’ save us now

Chorus:

This broken silence, my thunder crashing in the dark

Crash in the dark

And this broken record, spinning in circles

In the bars, spin ’round in the bars

This road can’t hurt you, it cuts you deep and leaves a scar

Things fall apart, but nothing breaks like a heart, ooh

Nothing breaks like a heart, nothing breaks like a heart, ooh

Nothing breaks like a heart

Bridge:

My heart, my heart

My heart, my heart

Chorus:

This broken silence, my thunder crashing in the dark

Crash in the dark

And this broken record, spinning in circles

In the bars, spin ’round in the bars

This world can hurt you, it cuts you deep and leaves a scar

Things fall apart, but nothing breaks like a heart, ooh

Nothing breaks like a heart, nothing breaks like a heart

Nothing breaks like a heart

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