Kesha released "Praying," her first single in over five years, and the entire world rejoiced. For those of you who have not been keeping up with Kesha's life since her last album, she was recording with producer Dr. Luke when he sexually assaulted her. Kesha asked to be released from her contract with Luke and was denied time and time again by the label and the American judicial system.
For a while, it appeared as if Kesha would be unable to produce any new music. She was contractually bound to produce with Dr. Luke, and she definitely was not going to put herself in the same studio with her assaulter. Then, Dr. Luke's ownership share in Sony was bought and he was removed immediately from the label. Kesha returned to the studio.
Known for her pop club-music, Kesha has decided to go a different route for her newest album. It will be much more somber, stripped-down, and bohemian. If "Praying" is any indication, then her album is about to be INCREDIBLE.
"Praying" is about her abuse and abuser. The first stanza shows that Luke was a textbook abuser with the lyric "Told me that I was nothing without you." However, Kesha spends the rest of the song wishing that Dr. Luke will learn to be a better human.
'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 praying, praying
I hope your soul is changing, changing
I hope you find your peace
Falling on your knees, praying
This song is empowering for all assault survivors, showing that your life and career are not over just because someone strips you of your sense of self. "Praying" is the anthem that we needed, and it could not have come at a better time. Kesha is going to keep fighting and so should we. Let's show abusers that we have claimed our bodies as our own, never letting anyone take our power away again.
No more monsters. We can breathe again. The best is yet to come.