Miley Cyrus dropped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Sept. 7 to talk about a variety of topics, including Millennial behavior, her love life and, of course, new music. At one point during the conversation, the 24-year-old star opened up about a new song she wrote with her godmother, Dolly Parton, who happens to be Miley’s only co-writer on her forthcoming album, “Younger Now.”
“We wrote a song called ‘Rainbowland’ last week, actually before Hurricane Harvey,” Miley said of her co-write with the country legend. “It’s saying, if all of us are so different and we all look so different, all these shades of humanity, what a rainbow we would really be, and that we could live in that land and celebrate it.”
Miley even spontaneously sang a few of the lyrics from “Rainbowland” for the studio audience and show host Ellen.
“‘We are rainbows, me and you, every color, every hue, lets shine through,’” Miley sang a cappella.
“So, that’s my only co-writer and what a co-writer [Dolly] is to have,” she then gushed. “You learn so much!”
Later in the show, Miley performed the album’s already released title track, “Younger Now,” which points out how people evolve during their lives.
“I’ve had a lot of butterflies performing these songs …. because it’s the first time, where it’s really like publishing your diary and letting everyone in,” Miley said during the interview portion of her appearance. “I’ve always written my songs, but I’ve always had collaborators to bounce back and forth these ideas. Now, this time, it’s just saying, ‘Hey, here’s exactly what I think and feel about what I go through.’ ”
“Younger Now” is due out Sept. 29.
This isn’t Miley and Dolly’s first professional collaboration, by the way. Here’s a great clip of them performing the country legend’s hit “Jolene” with Pentatonix on “The Voice” last November.