Beyond 'Praying:' 7 Other Powerful Messages on Kesha's 'Rainbow'
After Kesha’s powerhouse performance of “Praying” at the 60th annual Grammy Awards, many fans and critics took to social media to praise her performance and its inspirational lyrics. But beyond Kesha’s comeback single, her entire Rainbow album is filled with beautiful and edgy pop gems with positive messages.
"Praying" is about coming to terms with abuse and trauma, and Kesha explores this idea throughout her 2017 album in many ways. If you’re looking for more inspirational tunes disguised as fun pop jams featuring Kesha's iconic vocals, check out some more of the amazing messages the singer/songwriter sends on her album.
Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down
In the opening track "Bastards," Kesha slowly serenades her haters with a quiet tune that builds into an emotional album opener. Not only does the song perfectly set up the “f--- you” attitude that the album embodies, it also sends an amazing message: “They won’t break my spirit, I won’t let them win.” Kesha did just that -- writing an album about her haters and scoring two Grammy nominations for it.
Ignore the Haters
Next up on the album, Kesha addresses the “haters” with a carefree rock track “Let Them Talk” featuring Eagles of Death Metal. Kesha's iconic mantra “Do whatever makes you happy, screw the rest if you ask me" is said over guitar riffs and addictive melodies. This upbeat track could be a reference to Kesha being slammed in the media way back when she first started releasing music. Her “party girl” persona was frowned upon by many, but this song is the perfect diss track to anyone who has ever talked badly about Kesha.
Don’t Rely on Men
“Everything I got I bought it, boys can’t buy my love.” Sure, the third track might seem a bit silly, but it’s also an empowering anthem for women to hear. Kesha sings that she doesn’t need a man to help her succeed. Clearly, she’s doing well for herself. “I just really f---ing love being a woman” Kesha told Rolling Stone. “I wanted an anthem for anyone else who wants to yell about being self-sufficient and strong.”
You Don’t Have to Be Perfect
While many songs these days allude to being “perfect,” Kesha created her own personal hymn, a song for the kids who felt left out. “I know that I'm perfect, even though I'm f---ed up/ Hymn for the hymnless, don't need no forgiveness/ 'Cause if there's a heaven, don't care if we get in.” The song boasts that you don’t need to be flawless to be “perfect” -- the ideal message for listeners who feel like they don’t belong. Kesha says this song is dedicated to “all the idealistic people around the world who refuse to turn their backs on progress, love and equality whenever they are challenged.”
You Can Let Things Go
Possibly the most intense song on the album is about Kesha coming to terms with her life and taking her own advice for once. She preaches that it's OK to be hurt by trauma, and it's also OK to let go and heal. “So I think it’s time to practice what I preach/ Exorcise the demons inside me/ Whoa, gotta learn to let it go.”
Healing Is Possible
In the title track, Kesha explores the idea of coming back from a darkness. In what is perhaps the most emotional song on the album, Kesha assures anyone that they can come back from trauma and the past. The simple lyrics might seem childish, but they have a deep meaning: to put the past behind you and look forward. Kesha told Metro News that “This song was a promise to myself, a promise that things would get better.”
Accepting Death Is Possible
“Spaceship” isn’t the weirdest song on the album -- that title is reserved for the underrated lizard love song “Godzilla” -- but it is a beautiful closing track about seeing a UFO and contemplating life. The bluegrass-inspired track features a spoken-word verse where Kesha talks about “moving on” from one life to another. Sure, it has a morbid undertone, but the track itself is a hopeful look on what it really means to be “alive.”