Sam Smith – Pray (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)

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Not even before the heat has died down from Sam Smith’s last single “Too Good at Goodbyes,” comes another brilliant single. Both the songs will appear on Sam Smith’s upcoming album ‘The Thrill of it All’ which is expected on November 3rd, 2017. “Pray” is unlike all of his music so far, as the second single leans more towards gospel/catholic music than Pop. This Timbaland-produced track is complete with backup choir singers as well and as usual Sam Smith gets very emotional in delivering this song.

With a taste of “Pray,” Sam Smith’s 2017 album is turning to be one of the most anticipated albums of this year.

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Hint: The artwork for “Pray” contains Sam Smith standing infront of a brick wall on which the name ‘Susan’ is written or scribbled. Who is Susan? Was this a random event? Think not.


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The song has a catchy tune and beat to it and Sam Smith summons a powerful voice to enhance the power of the song.

Be it simple looking and sounding, “Pray” has a deeper meaning hidden in it. We will go through some lyrics and uncover the meaning underneath it.

Lyrics Review and Song Meaning of “Pray”

Verse 1

I’m young and I’m foolish, I’ve made bad decisions
I block out the news, turn my back on religion
Don’t have no degree, I’m somewhat naive
I’ve made it this far on my own

 

Sam Smith says he is not a perfect human being and that he has made his share of mistakes. He has not been the most religious kind growing up, although he was brought up in a catholic home. He says he doesn’t have a higher education and he is quite naive. But he says he has made it in life so far okay.

But lately, that shit ain’t been gettin’ me higher
I lift up my head and the world is on fire
There’s dread in my heart and fear in my bones
And I just don’t know what to say

But Sam Smith has been having troubles in his personal life of late. He has not been able to focus and he feels as if things are spiraling out of control. He looks up and see a burning world-burning of suffering and injustice. This is a solid platform for a person to turn into religion.

Chorus

Maybe I’ll pray, pray
Maybe I’ll pray
I have never believed in you, no
But I’m gonna pray

Sam Smith directly says he was never a believer of God. Maybe that has something to do with the religion’s disapproval of homosexuals. But in times of chaos and hopelessness, everybody turns to a higher power.

Verse 2

You won’t find me in church (no) reading the bible (no)
I am still here and I’m still your disciple
I’m down on my knees, I’m beggin’ you, please
I’m broken, alone, and afraid

Sam Smith says he is not the religious kind, even though he has to turn to God at times. You won’t see him in church or at Sunday mass. But he says he is a child of God at heart and he is begging God to show him a way.

“Too Good at Goodbyes” too presented us a very emotional singer who was quite lonely and desperate for love, and “Pray” has the same theme underneath the gospel-lyrics.

Bridge

Won’t you call me?
Can we have a one-to-one, please?
Let’s talk about freedom
Everyone prays in the end

Sam Smith asks if he would hear from God soon and his questions and prayers will get answers. He needs a one-to-one session with God himself to clear his fears and insecurities and freedom.

Everybody prays in the end. Even the most non-believer will pray to a higher power when all of their luck has run out. When hope seems bleak and weak, everybody turns to pray-everybody turns to a higher deity.

“Pray” is yet another emotional single from Sam Smith, who really seems to be praying for some love and company. Is this a gospel or a cry for love? You decide and let us know in the comments below.

One thing is for certain and that is Sam Smith’s new album is going to make a lot of us cry. Who is excited for the new album?