Miley Cyrus’ ‘Flowers’ Sounds Like That Famous Bruno Mars Song And It’s No Coincidence

Miley Cyrus/Bruno Mars
Vijat Mohindra/NBC via Getty Images – Kevin Kane/FilmMagic Miley Cyrus/Bruno Mars

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Singer Miley Cyrus was inspired by an old Bruno Mars song for her latest single “Flowers”.

MUSIC – In 2012, Bruno Mars sang, in VF, “I hope he buys you flowers”. In 2023, Miley Cyrus proclaims loud and clear that she can buy her own flowers. his new song Flowersoutput this Friday 13 January, is a hymn to self-love and regained independence after a breakup.

The single sounds a lot like a famous track from Bruno Mars, released more than ten years ago, and it is not a coincidence. Even though Flowers makes you want to dance, and When I was your man rather makes you want to cry, the two choruses are constructed in exactly the same way.

In addition to the melody, which is very similar, the lyrics are almost identical. But while Bruno Mars was singing for a woman, gone with another man:

I hope he buys you flowers (I hope he buys you flowers)
I hope he holds your hand (I hope he holds your hand)
Give you all his hours (May he give you all his time)
When he has the chance (As long as he has the chance)
Take you to every party (Let him take you to every party)
‘Cause I remember how much you loved to dance (Cause I remember how much you love to dance)

Miley Cyrus says she doesn’t need a man to take care of her:

I can buy myself flowers (I can buy myself flowers)
Write my name in the sand (Write my name in the sand)
Talk to myself for hours (Talk to me for hours)
Say things you don’t understand (say things you don’t understand)
I can take myself dancing (I can take me dancing)
And I can hold my own hand (And I can hold my own hand)
Yeah, I can love me better than you can (Yes, I can love myself better than you can)

The parallel is skilfully realized and by simply replacing a few words, the whole message of the song changes. In music, interpolation (the fact of re-recording an already existing melody, not to be confused with the sample) is frequent, and very fashionable in recent years. But the fact of reusing the same lyrics, modifying them slightly, is less done.

A message for her ex, Liam Hemsworth?

The resemblance between Flowers and When I was your man quickly caught the eye, just hours after the release of the single. On Twitter, many interpret the title as the “female version” of Bruno Mars’ ballad.

Some fans think the breakup Mile Cyrus alludes to in the lyrics is about his ex-husband, Liam Hemsworth. Coincidence (or not), Flowers was released on January 13, the birthday of australian actor.

Miley Cyrus wrote a song in response to this Bruno Mars song that Liam dedicated to her, and she’s releasing it on her birthday.

Discerning ears have also heard a resemblance to another famous piece: I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor.

I hear the sample of “I will survive”. I see what you did miss Miley

I didn’t miss the fact that Miley uses the same chord progression/chords/melodic intervals as I will survive for a song ALSO about independence/self-love!!!

Whatever fans decide to see, or rather hear, Miley Cyrus’ new song is already a hit. The day after its release, the clip was #1 on YouTube trending, and the track soared to the top of the charts on iTunes and Spotify.

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