Blog Post One: Praying by Kesha

Praying by Kesha is a song so incredibly impactful that it speaks to the soul of anyone. Kesha has been missing from the public and from the music world for the last five years and the cause of that is based off of the back story of this song. Kesha was raped and sexually, physically, and verbally assaulted by Dr. Luke, who was her music producer and the CEO of the company that Kesha was recording and releasing music with. Kesha took this case to trial to end her contract with Dr. Luke so she could write, record, and produce her music somewhere else but was told she was making things up, the charges were dropped, and she was forced to stay in contract with Dr. Luke and he and his company had the sole reign and custody of any music she was allowed to record or release. As a result of this Kesha stopped recording and releasing music because she refused to work with the man who raped her. Also, as a result of Dr. Drake’s rape and abuse she developed an eating disorder that got so bad she went into rehab for it. Dr. Luke was recently fired from the company however and soon after Kesha released this single seemingly out of the blue, and then went on to release an album. The song and music video are incredibly important because they bring light to not only rape and abuse but to finding hope and even attempting forgiveness for the people who do those horrible things. Rape is something that is known of but hardly talked about in any way, shape, or form however it is so important that people realize that rape is a real problem. Rape is something that happens everyday, everywhere and despite that it is still something that is hush hush and typically has shame associated with it. Rape victims need to know they are not alone and have nothing to be ashamed of. People hurt us, tear us down, and sometimes even break us but instead of holding on to that bitterness it is important to “Learn to Let Go,” another one of Kesha’s songs on her newest album, to the best of our abilities in order to process and heal as much as we can. Praying is a song that demonstrates this battle of forgiveness and healing.

“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

’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”

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’

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
When I’m finished, they won’t even know your name

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”

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’

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

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’”

One clap, two clap, three clap, forty?

By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out.