In 2009, they released Hannah Montana: The Movie, in which Miley’s character goes back to Tennessee to find her roots and understand where she came from.
In the movie, Miley reflects on the moments that Billy Ray’s character often told her about. He taught her that although a caterpillar might not be able to move very fast, it dreams of becoming a butterfly one day.
Miley’s character then writes a song using the caterpillar’s metamorphosis as a metaphor for her own coming of age story. In the movie, the father-daughter duo sang her song, “Butterfly Fly Away” under a gazebo in the rain.
“It felt like a pretty special moment,” Cyrus told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “The song itself was written by Glen Ballard, a masterful songwriter who wrote ‘Man in the Mirror’ for Michael Jackson. I knew it was a pretty special song, and it was a reminiscent of a song I wrote for Miley called ‘Ready, Set, Don’t Go.’ It was kind of that same sentiment, and it certainly comes at a nice spot in the movie.”
“Butterfly Fly Away” was also included on Billy Ray’s album Back to Tennessee and although it was never released as a single, it performed pretty well on the Billboard charts.
Watch their sweet duet below.