Miley Cyrus

The Inspiration Behind Miley's New Song '7 Things'

UPDATED 08/06/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/06/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

What's the vibe of Miley's new album Breakout (due out July 22)? "It's Melissa Etheridge meets the Killers," she says. "There's cool techno stuff but it's kinda earthy, not really produced. You hear me mess up, hit weird notes and that's cool. It shows I'm an imperfect singer." In fact, imperfections are at the heart of her first single, which she started writing on tour and then finished up in the studio. "It's one of my favorite songs," says Miley. "When I started writing it, I was like, 'Dude, I have an awesome idea.' Imperfections are sometimes the most beautiful things about people. Some things that annoy me about a person can also be my favorite characteristics; they're the things that make me love you in the end. I looove the song because it's very twisty and you really have to follow the story. I think that's really fun."

7 THINGS

I probably shouldn't say this
But at times I get so scared
When I think about the previous
Relationship we've shared
It was awesome but we lost it
It's not possible for me not to care
Now we're standing in the rain
But nothin's ever gonna change until
You hear? My dear

[Chorus]

The seven things I hate about you
The seven things I hate about you
You're vain, your games,
You're insecure
You love me, you like her
You make me laugh, you make me cry
I don't know which side to buy
Your friends, they're jerks
And when you act like them,
Just know it hurts
I wanna be with the one I know
And the seventh thing I hate the
Most that you do
You make me love you

It's awkward and it's silent
As I wait for you to say
What I need to hear now
Your sincere apology
And when you mean it, I'll believe it
If you text it, I'll delete it
Let's be clear
I'm not coming back
You're taking seven steps here

[Chorus]

Compared to all the great things
That would take too long to write
I probably should mention
The seven that I like

The seven things I like about you
Your hair, your eyes, your old Levi's
And when we kiss, I'm hypnotized
You make me laugh, you make me cry
But I guess that's both
I'll have to buy
Your hand in mine
When we're intertwined
Everything's alright
I wanna be with the one I know
And the seventh thing I like the
Most that you do
You make me love you

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