Rainbowland
by Miley Cyrus (featuring Dolly Parton)

Album: Younger Now (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • Dolly Parton adopted Miley Cyrus as her "honorary" goddaughter in the early 1990s as a result of her close friendship with Miley's father Billy Ray Cyrus. He opened shows for the Queen of Country back in 1992 and the two also collaborated on Parton's single "Romeo" the following year.

    Since then, Dolly has supported Miley in a variety of ways, including guest-starring on Hannah Montana and repeatedly defending the young singer when her questionable behavior was generating headlines.

    Miley has returned the favor on several occasions such as taking the stage with her godmother on the 25th anniversary of theme park Dollywood to perform the Country Music Hall-of-Famer's classic "Jolene." This jaunty, country number is a duet between the pair.
  • After purchasing a Malibu property Cyrus added a recording studio to the residence and painted it in every color, naming it Rainbow Land. This song was inspired by her home studio where she put together the ideas for her Younger Now album. She told Ellen Degeneres:

    "So it's saying if all of us are so different and we all look so different and different shades of humanity, what a rainbow we could really be and live in that land and celebrate it."
  • Miley Cyrus expanded on the song's message of unity during an interview with NME. "One line is such a Dolly lyric – it says, 'We are rainbows, me and you. Every color, every hue,'" she said. "It's about all these different races and genders and religions. [It would be great] if we all did come together to create and said, 'Hey, we're different, that's awesome, let's not change to be the same, let's stay different but let's come together anyway.' Because a rainbow's not a rainbow without all the different colors."
  • Dolly Parton told Taste of Country Nights that this song offers a message of hope and positivity in dark times. "It's really about if we could love one another a little better or be a little kinder, be a little sweeter, we could live in rainbow land," she explained. "It's really just about dreaming and hoping that we could all do better. It's a good song for the times right now."

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