For the final installments of her Backyard Sessions in support of Happy Hippie Foundation, Miley Cyrus performed faithful covers of the Turtles’ “Happy Together” and Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”
Miley takes on the classic tracks by herself, interpreting both songs somberly before showing off her voice on the songs’ booming, catchy choruses. She had previously conquered “50 Ways” at SNL 40, but “Happy Together” is both a new cover and perfect preview of her forthcoming collaborative, psychedelic album with the Flaming Lips.
Closing out this #BackyardSessions series with a couple more videos!! Originally performed by Paul Simon, you may remember this version of “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” from the SNL 40th Anniversary Special. #HappyHippiePresentsClick the Donate button below to learn more about The Happy Hippie Foundation’s mission to rally youth to fight injustice & donate!
Posted by Miley Cyrus on Monday, May 18, 2015
“The last two weeks have been magical,” Cyrus wrote in the Facebook post accompanying “Happy Together.” “But this is just the beginning not the end! I can’t believe this was just a dream and now it’s a reality!!!! The Happy Hippie Foundation is official.”
The Backyard Sessions have been a musical video series — filmed in Cyrus’ own backyard — to raise awareness for Happy Hippie, a new charity that raises money for homeless youth. Other performances have included a duet with Ariana Grande on Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” a jam session with Joan Jett and Laura Jane Grace on the Replacements’ “Androgynous” and “Yaw Baby (Break My Heart)” with Melanie Safka. The videos have been posted to her Facebook page with direct links to donate to the charity.
While the pop star launched the foundation last month, she has been vocal on social issues in the past year. At the 2014 VMAs, Cyrus brought out a homeless teenager to accept an award on her behalf. In response to a controversial religious freedom bill that passed in Indiana earlier this year, Cyrus released Senator Tom Cotton’s phone number on social media, encouraging fans to fill his voicemail with messages of protest against the law.