There is some confusion as to whether one of the lyrics has Cyrus singing about the party drug Ecstasy ("dancing with Molly") or herself ("dancing with Miley"). Mike Will Made It told MTV News it's up to the individual to interpret it as they want. "If you want to dance with Molly, then you gonna enjoy the line 'dancing with Molly.' You know what I'm saying,?" he explained. "But whoever wants to dance with Miley, and whoever enjoys Miley Cyrus, then you know what I'm saying, then they're going to take it as 'dancing with Miley.' So however y'all want to take it. It's not really for us to just really lay out. We just put the record out."
Cyrus later revealed to UK newspaper The Daily Mail
that she is
indeed referencing the drug but changed the lyric to "Miley" for radio. "It depends who's doing what," she said "If you're aged ten it's 'Miley', if you know what I'm talking about, then you know. I just wanted it to be played on the radio and they've already had to edit it so much."
Cyrus added: "I don't think people have a hard time understanding that I've grown up. You can Google me and you know what I'm up to - you know what that lyric is saying."
Co-writer Theron Thomas , who is one half of the Rock City songwriting duo, confirmed the lyric is "dancing with Molly." He recalled in a Genius
attribution how they had to tone the lyrics down as a result of pressure from Cyrus' label.
"We got fought on 'We Can't Stop' hard because they wanted us to change the lyrics so f---ing bad. Originally it was 'Getting high off of mollies, doing whatever we want.' We said 'dancing with Molly' because we were like, 'It sounds like Miley.'"