Kesha - Praying
“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.”
Where’s the Meaning?
Kesha’s song is a perfect representation for women breaking free of the chokehold of abusive men. The lyrics in Kesha’s work reflect, not an anger or resentment, but instead a peace. She has moved on from her abuser and is existing in her own right. Kesha’s experience with Dr. Luke and the struggle that she has endured is what has fueled this fire which is shown through her song.
Kesha’s ordeal with breaking away from Dr. Luke has been well documented. Kesha has accused Dr. Luke of a huge amount of abuse. The singer has been tied up in a wide variety of legal battles in order to get away from Dr. Luke. Through this song, Kesha highlights that injustices like the ones she endured are faced by other women as well. And for far too many years, the realities of these situations has been suppressed and ignored.
For women who have been harassed, abused, or assaulted; this is not an easy feat. The lyrics show that being a survivor involves accepting all of the trauma that a person has been through as well as leaning how they can cope with the feelings which they associate with their abuser. Kesha’s lyrics empower not only herself, but they also empower others. This is shown especially in the chorus, when the words “I hope you're somewhere praying, praying / I hope your soul is changing, changing,” are sung. Kesha’s words show a commitment to survival. Not only surviving, but thriving has well.
What can we as a society do to support survivors?
How will the ‘Me Too’ movement progress from this point? How does the entertainment industry continue to support abusers?
What does American society do to perpetuate the suppression of women and their experiences?
The National Domestic Abuse Hotlineis committed not only to providing education when it comes to domestic abuse, but support for the survivors as well. https://www.thehotline.org/
Psych Central provides Support Groups & Resources. By navigating this site, one can find many resources and support groups for survivors of abuse. https://psychcentral.com/resources/Abuse/Support_Groups/