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"Liberty Walk" is the first track from Miley Cyrus's third studio album Can't Be Tamed.

Cyrus explained that the theme of female empowerment was a lyrical inspiration for the song. Musically, "Liberty Walk" is an uptempo dance-pop song which also contains rapped verses. Critical reception of the song was generally mixed, however, the majority of reviewers criticized the rapped verses and described the overall song as "dull". Despite not being released as a single, "Liberty Walk" peaked at number three on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and number 79 on the Canadian Hot 100 due to strong digital downloads.

BackgroundEdit

"Liberty Walk" was written by Cyrus, Nicholas J. Scapa, John Read Fasse, Michael McGinnis, Antonina Armato and Tim James. It was produced by the latter three under their stage name Rock Mafia. The song serves as the opening track of Can't Be Tamed (2010). In an interview with Sway Calloway for MTV News, Cyrus explained the lyrical inspiration of the song which is about female empowerment, saying: "It's just about freeing yourself from anything you think is holding you back. And I think that's really important, especially for girls, because so many people are told, 'No, you can't do something,' or, 'You need to be this because Mom and Dad say that, teachers say this.'" Upon the making of the song, Cyrus stated in the same interview that she tried to combine a serious topic with a lighter sound, explaining: "I wrote it for women that feel like they're stuck in abusive relationships, but it's a dance song". She elaborated: "So you think that must be kind of a sad ballad, but it's a party song. ... It's about breaking free."

CompositionEdit

"Liberty Walk" is an uptempo dance-pop song, with a length of four minutes and six seconds. According to the digital sheet music published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, it is written in the key of B minor and is set in common time. The beat moves at 120 beats per minute. Cyrus' vocal range in the song spans from the low note of Bb2 to the high note of F#5. Heather Phares of Allmusic noted the use of "bold synths and beats". She also said that the "rapped verses" that Cyrus delivers sound "edgier" than the singer's previous work. Cyrus opens the song by chanting "Don’t live a lie, this is your one life". Punch Liwanag of Manila Bulletin described the song as "swanky dance" and characterised the synth sounds as "ear filling". According to Jon Caramanica of The New York Times, Cyrus applies four different vocal strategies in the song.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Liberty Walk" has received generally mixed reviews from music critics. Heather Phares of Allmusic commended the upbeat lyrics as being radio Disney-friendly. Similarly, Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly described the song as a "thumping album opener". A reviewer from Sputnik Music noted that "'Liberty Walk' showcases classic Miley spunk a la 'Hoedown Throwdown'". However some reviewers were critical of the song. Michelle Griffin of the Sydney Morning Herald concluded that "Liberty Walk" would "make Glee's Mr Shue blush". Glenn Gamboa of Newsday labeled it as a "loopy Jason DeRulo rip-off", and stated that "where Cyrus raps, she's hard to take seriously." Donald Gibson of Seattle Post-Intelligencer was also unfavorable of the song, who called it a "monotonous opener". Evan Sawdey of PopMatters noted that in "Liberty Walk", Cyrus' "search for a new identity renders her as anonymous and generic-sounding as ever."

LyricsEdit

[Intro]
Don't live a lie
This is your one life, oh
Don't live a lie, you won't get lost
Just walk, just walk

[Interlude]
It's a liberty walk, it's a liberty walk
It's a liberty, liberty, liberty
It's a liberty walk, it's a liberty walk
It's a liberty, liberty, liberty

[Verse 1]
Here's to all the ones trying to hold you back
Trying to make you feel like you're less than that
Giving nothing more better than to make you crack
But really just trying to push your dreams off track
And you know in the end, it'll be okay
'Cause all that really matters are the steps you take
And everything else falls into place
There's no price to pay, I say

[Pre-Chorus]
Well, alright (alright)
Yeah, yeah (yeah, yeah)
We gonna get it
When we live it, live it
Well, alright (alright)
Yeah, yeah (yeah, yeah)
We gonna get it
When we live it, walk, walk

[Chorus]
It's a liberty walk, walk
Saying goodbye to the people who tied you up
It's a liberty walk, walk
Feeling your heart again, breathing new oxygen
It's a liberty walk, walk
Free yourself, slam the door, not a prisoner anymore
Liberty, liberty, li-li-liberty, liberty, li-li
It's a liberty walk, walk, walk

[Post-Chorus]
Don't stop
Keep on walking it, and
Don't stop
Keep on talking sh-
Don't stop
Keep on walking it
Walk, walk, walk, walk

[Verse 2]
Don't be afraid to make a move
It won't hurt you just do
What you were born to do
And everything works out right
Don't listen to all the people who hate
Cause all they do is help make your mistakes, for ya
Well they don't own ya
I just told ya

[Pre-Chorus]
Well, alright (alright)
Yeah, yeah (yeah, yeah)
We gonna get it
When we live it, live it
Well, alright (alright)
Yeah, yeah (yeah, yeah)
We gonna get it
When we live it, walk, walk

[Chorus]
It's a liberty walk, walk
Saying goodbye to the people who tied you up
It's a liberty walk, walk
Feeling your heart again, breathing new oxygen
It's a liberty walk, walk
Free yourself, slam the door, not a prisoner anymore
Liberty, liberty, li-li-liberty, liberty, li-li
It's a liberty walk, walk, walk

[Post-Chorus]
Don't stop
Keep on walking it, and
Don't stop
Keep on talking sh-
Don't stop
Keep on walking it
Walk, walk, walk, walk

[Bridge]
Don't like what you do (walk)
Don't take the abuse (walk)
Move to the truth (walk)
People, c'mon, that means you

[Chorus]
It's a liberty walk, walk
Saying goodbye to the people who tied you up
It's a liberty walk, walk
Feeling your heart again, breathing new oxygen
It's a liberty walk, walk
Free yourself, slam the door, not a prisoner anymore
Liberty, liberty, li-li-liberty, liberty, li-li
It's a liberty walk, walk, walk

[Post-Chorus]
Don't stop
Keep on walking it, and
Don't stop
Keep on talking sh-
Don't stop
Keep on walking it
Walk, walk, walk, walk

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