Kesha Just Dropped Her First Single Since 2013, But She Isn’t The Same Pop Star We Used To Know

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Kesha (or, as we used to know her as, Ke$ha) just dropped her new single, “Praying”, and it’s pretty obvious that she’s not the woman we used to know. And honestly, I think she wants it that way.

The pop star hasn’t recorded new music since 2013, when her legal battle with her producer Dr. Luke began after Kesha accused him of emotional abuse and sexual assault. The experience shaped Kesha as both a person and a songwriter, as displayed in “Praying” — unlike party girl anthems “Tik Tok” and “We R Who We R”, “Praying” shows both a haunted and a spiritual side of Kesha we haven’t seen before.

The music video starts with a voiceover as Kesha lies in a coffin (and then later on a piece of debris in the middle of the ocean):

Am I dead? Or is this one of those dreams? Those horrible dreams that seem like they last forever. If I am alive, why? Why? If there is a god or whatever, something, somewhere, why have I been abandoned by everyone and everything I’ve ever known, I’ve ever loved, stranded? What is the lesson? What is the point? 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.

Despite the dark intro, the song turns into an empowering ballad directed toward her abuser.

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

Though the whole song is a poignant nod to her struggles, perhaps the most powerful part of the song is the chorus,:

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

Fans were definitely glad to have Kesha back. Though “Praying” wasn’t the electropop banger we’ve grown used to getting from Kesha, it was everything we could have hoped for.

“Praying” isn’t the end of it, though — in just a few weeks, we’ll have more more music from the goddess Kesha herself.

I’m not sure I can handle the musical genius that Kesha is about to throw our way, but god, I’m ready anyway. TC mark

Callie Byrnes

Callie is a professional Thought Catalog blogger by day and an amateur Tumblr blogger by night.

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