4X4
Miley Cyrus Lyrics


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Round and round and away we go
Round and round and away we go
Four by four and away we go
High not low and away we go
Round and round and away we go
And away we go and away we go
Four by four and away we go
High not low and away we go

I'm a female rebel, can't you tell?
Banged on the dashboard, just chipped a nail
Lean out the window, it's when I go
Driving so fast 'bout to piss on myself
Driving so fast 'bout to piss on myself
The police wanna get him and put him in jail
I'm a do whatever to get him his bail
Hooked on donuts and rooster tails
I'm in that passenger seat flying high in the air
And we're driving fast 'till we're plum out of gas

Round and round and away we go
Round and round and away we go
Four by four and away we go
High not low and away we go
Round and round and away we go
And away we go and away we go
Four by four and away we go
High not low and away we go

I'm a female rebel, can't you see?
Riding 'round your backyard to the beat
Pulling out the steering wheel right from the seat
Pumping his brakes to the sound of the beat
Pumping his brakes to the sound of the beat
You don't understand what he's doing to me
Deep down inside like a pit bull in heat
He's almost coming so we head for the streets
I'm in that passenger seat flying high in the air
And we're driving fast 'till we're plum out of gas

Round and round and away we go
Round and round and away we go
Four by four and away we go
High not low and away we go
Round and round and away we go
And away we go and away we go
Four by four and away we go
High not low and away we go

It's twelve o'clock and I don't want to party
My pit bull friend and my big truck hobby
A little bit of dirt never hurt nobody
Now I got dirt all over my body
Might as well, light a ale
His big fog lights is bright as hell
Calls 'em off, starts to yell
He hits the gas so I grab the rail

Are you sure you wanna ride with me?
If you scared don't lie to me
I'm a crazy mother fucka from the mid west
With a Mississippi flow and all in dress
And a four by four with the alter steps
Doing donuts underneath the old chest
I need a chick on time 'cause mine be early
Think I ride or I die down to six thirty
Straight up chick like twelve o'clock
I don't know where yet, that's what she tell the cops
Sits down for a nigga, raise her hand for a nigga
I solemnly swear he was with me all day
To the judge, he the one I love
Hell they can't tell, she don't even budge
Round and round we go
Don't stop 'till I tell you so

I'm in that passenger seat flying high in the air
And we're driving fast 'till we're plum out of gas

Round and round and away we go
Round and round and away we go
Four by four and away we go
High not low and away we go
Round and round and away we go
And away we go and away we go
Four by four and away we go
High not low and away we go

I'm a female rebel, can't you tell
Can't you tell, can't you tell




I'm a female rebel, can't you tell
Can't you tell, can't you tell

Overall Meaning

In Miley Cyrus's song "4X4", the lyrics are primarily about a girl who is a rebel and loves to ride in a truck (four by four) with her male companion. The song celebrates their wild and reckless driving, as they speed through the streets while blasting music. The lyrics "Round and round and away we go, High not low and away we go" emphasize the carefree and adventurous spirit of the song's protagonist. She is not afraid to take risks and her love for adrenaline is evident in the line, "Driving so fast 'bout to piss on myself".


Miley Cyrus sings "I'm a female rebel, can't you tell?" and this line is a nod to her own rebellious nature and how she likes to break the rules. The verse "You don't understand what he's doing to me, Deep down inside like a pit bull in heat" showcases how deeply she feels about her companion and their dangerous rides. The chorus "Four by four and away we go, High not low and away we go" repeats several times in the song, drawing attention to the exhilaration of their wild ride.


Interestingly, the song “4X4” was produced by Pharrell Williams, and features Nelly, a popular rapper in the early 2000s. Cyrus originally wrote the song for her friend, rapper OJ Da Juiceman, but she decided to keep it for herself after recording a demo. The music video for "4X4" features Miley Cyrus with country superstar Billy Ray Cyrus, who is her actual father. Additionally, in the video, Cyrus is seen wearing a Polaroid camera necklace, which were extremely popular in the 1980s.


The song's lyrics use several southern US slang terms, such as "pumping his brakes" and "rooster tails", which refer to the dirt thrown up by the wheels of a high-powered vehicle. Speaking of the song's lyrics, they were co-written by Pharrell Williams, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, who are also members of the country music group Florida Georgia Line. Nelly's verse on this song is similar to his own song "Country Grammar" and he also references his 2002 hit song, "Hot in Herre". It is interesting to note that while the song's title and chorus pay homage to the rural, southern US region, its verses are extremely pop-leaning in nature.


Finally, unknown to many listeners, the instrumental during the song’s chorus features sounds from an old video game, "Jungle Hunt". Miley Cyrus has said that this song is for people who live life on their own terms, and the lyrics celebrate their ability to take risks and enjoy life without worrying about the consequences. Overall, "4X4" is a daring and catchy ode to rebellion and adventure.


Chords (capo on 1st fret):
Verse: G, D, Am7, C
Chorus: G, D, Am7, C


Line by Line Meaning

Round and round and away we go
The singer and her companion are driving around and around, going further away from their starting point


Four by four and away we go
The vehicle they're driving is a four-wheel-drive truck, and they're driving away from their starting point


High not low and away we go
The singer and her companion are driving fast, not slow, and going further away from their starting point


I'm a female rebel, can't you tell?
The singer is identifying herself as a female rebel, challenging societal norms and expectations


Banged on the dashboard, just chipped a nail
The singer hit the dashboard hard, causing her to chip a nail


Lean out the window, it's when I go
The singer likes to lean out the window and let the wind rush by when she's driving


Driving so fast 'bout to piss on myself
The singer is driving so fast that she's about to lose control of her bladder


The police wanna get him and put him in jail
The police are after the singer's companion and want to arrest him


I'm a do whatever to get him his bail
The singer will do anything to help her companion make bail and stay out of jail


Hooked on donuts and rooster tails
The singer enjoys doing donuts in her car and leaving behind rooster tails of dust and dirt


I'm in that passenger seat flying high in the air
The singer is a passenger in the car, and the car is driving fast, making her feel like she's flying


And we're driving fast 'till we're plum out of gas
The singer and her companion are driving fast, not stopping until they run out of gas


Riding 'round your backyard to the beat
The singer is driving around someone's backyard while listening to music


Pulling out the steering wheel right from the seat
The singer pulls the steering wheel out of the car seat and uses it to control the car


Pumping his brakes to the sound of the beat
The singer's companion is pumping his brakes in time to the music they're listening to


Deep down inside like a pit bull in heat
The singer feels a strong desire, like a pit bull in heat, to be with her companion


He's almost coming so we head for the streets
The singer's companion is close to achieving something, so they decide to leave the backyard and go out onto the streets


It's twelve o'clock and I don't want to party
It's late at night (midnight), and the singer doesn't want to go to a party


My pit bull friend and my big truck hobby
The singer has a pit bull dog and likes to spend time working on and driving big trucks


Might as well, light a ale
The singer decides to drink a beer


His big fog lights is bright as hell
Her companion's car has bright fog lights


Calls 'em off, starts to yell
The singer's companion turns off the fog lights and starts yelling


He hits the gas so I grab the rail
The singer's companion accelerates the car quickly, causing the singer to grab onto the rail inside the car


Are you sure you wanna ride with me?
The singer's companion questions if the singer really wants to go on a ride with him


If you scared don't lie to me
The singer's companion wants her to be honest about her fears, if she has any


I'm a crazy mother fucka from the mid west
The singer's companion identifies himself as a crazy person from the Midwest


With a Mississippi flow and all in dress
The singer's companion has a Southern-style accent and dresses well


And a four by four with the alter steps
The singer's companion has a lifted four-wheel-drive truck with different steps to get in and out of it


Doing donuts underneath the old chest
The singer's companion is doing donuts in the dirt under a tree or other obstacle


Think I ride or I die down to six thirty
The singer's companion feels like he will either ride or die by the time he's 6:30 (either succeed or die trying)


Straight up chick like twelve o'clock
The singer wants a loyal and trustworthy partner (a 'straight up chick') who is dependable like the clock striking twelve


I don't know where yet, that's what she tell the cops
The singer doesn't know where her companion is taking her, and if asked by police, she would say she doesn't know


Sits down for a nigga, raise her hand for a nigga
The singer's ideal partner would stand by him and support him no matter what


I solemnly swear he was with me all day
The singer will swear to the authorities that her companion was with her all day, providing him an alibi


To the judge, he the one I love
The singer loves her companion, and she would make that clear to a judge if necessary


Hell they can't tell, she don't even budge
Nothing can sway the singer from her loyalty to her companion, not even the justice system or any outside influence


I'm a female rebel, can't you tell
The singer is repeating her earlier declaration of being a female rebel




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: CORNELL HAYNES, MILEY CYRUS, PHARRELL L WILLIAMS

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