Song of the Day #3,428: ‘Praying’ – Kesha

If you had told me in 2010, after the release of ‘Tik Tok,’ that I would one day not only own a Kesha album but really enjoy it, I’d have thought you mad.

That song was like an R-rated version of Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday,’ and Kesha (then Ke$ha) seemed just as packaged and talentless.

What a difference seven years, an eating disorder and alleged sexual harassment and rape by producer Dr. Luke makes.

Kesha’s legal battle against Dr. Luke for years of mistreatment ended with the dismissal of her case despite ample evidence of Dr. Luke’s behavior. To add insult to injury, she remained under contract with his label, meaning any new music she released would put money in the pocket of the man who abused her.

That situation could have driven her out of the business. Instead, she released one of the best albums of the year, a brash mash-up of genres that serves as both a testament to her perseverance and a fuck you to those who wronged her.

Moving easily from empowering ballads to frenzied party anthems, with a healthy dose of country pop in between, Rainbow feels like an introduction to Kesah the artist, who turns out to be a fine songwriter and vocalist. It took nearly a decade for her to find her voice, and for the industry to let her use it. I hope this is just the beginning.

[Verse 1]
Well, you almost had me fooled
Told me that I was nothing without you
Oh, but after everything you’ve done
I can thank you for how strong I have become

[Pre-Chorus]
’Cause you brought the flames and you put me through hell
I had to learn how to fight for myself
And we both know all the truth I could tell
I’ll just say this is I wish you farewell

[Chorus]
I hope you’re somewhere prayin’, prayin’
I hope your soul is changin’, changin’
I hope you find your peace
Falling on your knees, prayin’

[Verse 2]
I’m proud of who I am
No more monsters, I can breathe again
And you said that I was done
Well, you were wrong and now the best is yet to come
‘Cause I can make it on my own
And I don’t need you, I found a strength I’ve never known
I’ll bring thunder, I’ll bring rain, oh-oh
When I’m finished, they won’t even know your name

[Pre-Chorus]
You brought the flames and you put me through hell
I had to learn how to fight for myself
And we both know all the truth I could tell
I’ll just say this is I wish you farewell

[Chorus]
I hope you’re somewhere prayin’, prayin’
I hope your soul is changin’, changin’
I hope you find your peace
Falling on your knees, prayin’

[Bridge]
Oh, sometimes I pray for you at night
Someday, maybe you’ll see the light
Oh, some say, in life, you’re gonna get what you give
But some things only God can forgive

[Chorus]
I hope you’re somewhere prayin’, prayin’
I hope your soul is changin’, changin’
I hope you find your peace
Falling on your knees, prayin’

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,428: ‘Praying’ – Kesha

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I really haven’t followed Kesha and so my familiarity kinda begins and ends with “Tik Tok,” although I believe I have heard “Praying” on the radio or somewhere. I’m sorry to hear of her troubles, but it’s good that she has found her voice and evolved as a songwriter.

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    Never heard of her but glad that she overcame such odds

  3. Maddie says:

    I love this album too and have actually stepped up how much I play it recently. Glad to see it getting some appreciation on your blog. ❤

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