The beautifully shot video evokes a lot of the young artist's musical roots --country/western music specifically, she rocks a rhinestone-studded jumpsuit that godmother Dolly Parton, who joins Cyrus on the album's third track, "Rainbowland," would be proud of -- while also examining her own growth and evolution as an performer. One moment, she's reenacting an Elvis puppet show, the next, she's planting one on a granny in cat-eye glasses.
The song itself feels like a rather overt reflection on her career so far, and seems to lay out how she's trying to change her image from wild party girl to a more introspective kind of pop artist -- especially with lyrics like, "Feels like I just woke up/ Like all this time I've been asleep/ Even though it's not who I am/ I'm not afraid of who I used to be," and "No one stays the same."
"It's kinda crazy that I'll always be known for licking a sledge hammer," the 24-year-old artist shared. Later, on a different radio program, Cyrus said singing "Wrecking Ball" makes her sad, because she'll never live down the video she now considers embarrassing. Check out the video below to hear more.