Kesha's new song 'Praying' is unexpectedly emotional

The singer's first single in four years is all about self-love

By Lydia Chan | Published: 7 Jul 2017

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Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and Kesha's newest song Praying is a testament to that. After staying out of the spotlight following a long legal battle against her producer Dr Luke, who she accused of "sexual, physical, verbal and emotional" abuse (the case was ultimately dismissed), Kesha's long-awaited return to music clearly speaks to the turmoil she has been through.

A departure from her usual fun party anthems, Praying is a raw gospel-tinged ballad. In the music video, Kesha still dons her colourful get-ups but the song opens with a dark voice-over: "God, give me a sign, or I have to give up. I can't do this anymore. Please just let me die. Being alive hurts too much." This is a side of her we've never seen before.

As she belts out poignant lyrics like You brought the flames and you put me through hell / I had to learn how to fight for myself, it's quite obvious who the message is for. Ultimately, this isn't a song about revenge or hate; it's about Kesha's own road to self-healing.

"This song is about coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you. It's a song about learning to be proud of the person you are even during low moments when you feel alone. It's also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal," the singer wrote in Lena Dunham's Lenny newsletter.

Kesha's new album Rainbow is slated for release sometime later this year.

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