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Prayer by Disturbed

Album: BelieveReleased: 2002Charted:
  • The first single from Believe, it is a conversation between lead singer David Draiman and God after the death of his grandfather. >>
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    Nick - Paramus, NJ
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Comments: 63

Everyone questions their faith from time to time, and especially gets angry with God from time to time. I lost my sister to cancer...not cool...I stepped down as our Church's Director of Outreach in anger and frustration with Him. It, believe it or not, strengthened my faith and my relationship with God. Satanic...LOL...they are no more satanic than Skillet. Rock-on Disturbed!!Marc - Indiana
Wow Dunamis I feel I can relate to your situation big time. I myself too had a nervous breakdown and had a heavy metal band help me in that situation. The band that helped me was Mushroomhead (I was also doubting my faith in God). Though I have been a fan of Disturbed since I first heard them on the radio with Stupify. I would have loved to see them on that tour with Shinedown (another band I really love). I did get to see them on the Pop Sux Tour in 2002 (supporting KoRn), the Music as a Weapon 4 tour in 2009 (with supporting acts Killswitch Engage, Lacuna Coil, and Chimiara) and the Music as a Weapon 5 tour in Jan 2011 (with KoRn ironically supporting them, along with Sevendust and In This Moment). I do likle listening to bands like Slayer, even though they have very gory/demonic themes, but I love the music, and I love God too much to be brainwashed by it (even if they do in fact worship Satan, which I personally believe they DON'T) The devil can't control you, he can only put fear/doubt in you. Remember that.Zero - Nowhere, Nj
Seems based on The Rapture, Based on the Video and much of there other videos seem Bible related? - ?, Ma
I'm not getting into the debate on here, but I actually understand why he made this song, he was pissed at God for taking away his grandfather, the same thing happened to me, so I can relate to this song.Daniel - Winchester, Oh
The song in it self is pure awsomeness,but the music is just EPICColby - Nederland, Tx
This song was released shortly after my 1st wife and I divorced. A tough time to be sure, and I was very angry at God for all that I had went thru, losing her and my daughter. The words of this song spoke to me in a way i had rarely felt before. It perfectly described the animosity toward God; especially the defiant and sarcastic tone of the chorus. I had always been a big music fan and aspiring musician, but honestly, had never felt "IT" like Prayer had it. Not sure what the correct meaning is or how David felt when he wrote it but I know what it means to me and that's really what music's aboutStayce - Trinity, Nc
Anthony, I agree with what u say b/c i have gone through trying, and giving up on my faith in God but i ALWAYS came back so i say to everyone who reads this don't give up on God and Ur faith go through life knowing that when you die a great treasure will await you in heave ~God Bless~Kate - Tulsa, Ok
It's a good things songs can mean different things to different folks. And thanks for some of the interview feedback. My take: he's no fan of God. If he's having a conversation with God, the first paragraph is God breaking it to him, unsimpathetically, uncaringly about his Grandfather's death. In the video it starts with a fool of a priest, and then sets the scene for pain and loss/death. David sings back to God: Living just isn't hard enough
Burn me alive, inside
Living my life's not hard enough
Take everything away
- It's also known as sarcasm and defiance. David enlightens "God" that he can take all the death and loss "God" can give to him. The second verse shows an even lower opinion of "God", and an even higher level of anger. "God" starts raising the ante: "Another nightmare about to come true
Will manifest tomorrow
Another love that I've taken from you
Lost in time, on the edge of suffering
Another taste of the evil I breed
Will level you completely" The video continues to play this out as more death and losses to David are shown. When it comes to David's response, he stand defiantly in the center of the street even though the burning light fills all. The last part David goes thru an angry discussion where the two sides fight by "God" saying return to me/turn to me and David giving leave me no one/cast aside/leave me no one and then finally "you've made me turn away". Then concludes with a couple more 'prayers', ending with a final line of "take everything away." In the video he mixes these last portions with some pain in his anger and then ends the video after the last line with a defiant stare. Seems clear his "Prayer" is sarcasm and defiance, borne of the blame many have when they try to see God as the target of their pain and troubles, misunderstanding his part in all this (my opinion).
Danz - Cali, Ca
this song is great the drummer just keeps it going from beginning to end with those base drums and the chorus kicks so much ass.Matt - Bakersfield, Ca
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Many, many unaware posters in here, on both sides of this debate, no offence intended (ignorance is not used here as an insult, rather an observation). My introduction...Adam, 28, UK.

I found this page after wanting to "get right" with God. Funny enough it was David Draiman's lyrics way back on the Believe album that helped begin a process that took me to their Believe tour (Manchester Academy). Not too long after I had a "psychotic breakdown" and a failed railway suicide attempt, yea, I know, intense or what.

But one thing that remained constant was the support I felt from Disturbed song lyrics. I've always been one to shy away from the "we love hell and the devil" style lyrics due to my (though not practiced at that time) faith in God. So Disturbed were a band that had songs about the struggles I was going through.

My favourite song is still Fear. I see it about making sure you Fear God again..."fear something again". David sings "reject...you're too weakened, by the poison, that they feed you, in the living lie, they don't believe you call to no one, trust in nothing, little impotent one" and then "you're gonna feel it, when I stamp it, on your forehead, so you will never forget, that you're a reject, and you're no one, and you're nothing, little impotent one". Now this seems to SO be about the fear of God, and those who have none who will receive the "Mark of the Beast".

And then you have Rise on the Believe album, "I command you to rise, wash away, the decay of your life. Feel the light of your eyes; find the way through the darkness tonight, fearing no one." Now is this not an AMAZING line to come from someone raised Jewish? From a Christian perspective to me it has such a high significance in this day and age.

Anyway, the point is I don't think you can clearly define where David Draiman stands on the whole God issue. (him because he's the lyricist). He obviously has a deep knowledge of who God is and who Satan is, but just look up his qualifications and where he was educated, he probably knows more than all of us combined on the issue. But I must confess I have been continuing to get right with God and so certain music that is obviously or subliminally pro-Satan it is getting out of my collection, and that has brought me to notice things recently, I have been praying so it's only to be expected. David uses a different voice in certain songs for brief verses, often hard to hear clearly and a very deep voice put on. It does seem that this is when the lyrics are more like a conversation with the Devil, and it seems that David is VERY mad at him, just see lyrics for Voices from the first album:

The deep put on "devil/demonic character" voice "Can't you imagine how good going through this will make you feel? I promise, no one will ever know. There will be no chance of you getting caught. They never loved you anyway, so come on, be a man and do what you are compelled to do", then David comes in normally and very loudly sings "SAVE ME GOD". This is where it begins, you can trace the songs yourself by listening to all the albums, which I am about to do, as this only started today, and I've since my breakdown also been to the Indestructible tour (Manchester Apollo supported by Shinedown). But the song that got me thinking first today was Deceiver from the newest (Indestructible) album, you can look it up, but David seems very angry towards Satan (AKA the Deceiver, "more cunning than all the other animals in Eden" in the Bible and Torah).

Anyway, if anyone wants to get in touch with info my email is Dunamis2012@aol.com

Let's stick with David on this journey (1.) to destroy Satan the Deceiver (2.), ruler of the rich, master of the politicians of all nations (3.) and the one who wants to unite the world under ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT (4.) because that does seem to be the overall most likely scenario for his lyrics, and in the "rock" world, saying such thing outright might damage your "reputation" as a great rock band. Plus, just remember, David is just a man like many of us (I know some women are in here too :), and so will not always be perfect or correct, just as I am not, and you are not. A lot of pressure is wrongly put on musicians in the alternative world from the fans, and it would be nice for people to be able to at least begin here and start treating bands like we want to be treated.

1. Listen to Disturbed - Rise for more info
2. Listen to Disturbed - Monster [bonus track] for more info
3. Listen to Disturbed - Land of Confusion [Genesis Cover] for more info
4. Listen to Disturbed - Divide for more info

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Dunamis - Gwynedd, United Kingdom
Nick, the first comment on the page, is correct. Watch the multimedia part on the CD. Dave says exactly what Nick posted.Diverdriver - Petaluma, Ca
The circle with a cross inside could be a pagan symbol for earth and the crescent moon for islam, pentagram for christianity and the star of David for jewish and all the symbols are tangled with each other on the earth background.Kp - Rajamäki, Finland
The song might be also about temptation - temptation to surrender and give up. Turn to the evil to find and easy way out. And refusal. Its a hard world. But not hard enough.Kp - Rajamäki, Finland
Ok, seriously, the music by disturbed is not satanic in any sense. David said it himself in an interview on the Fuse network. The song is about the fact that everyone needs something to believe in to get through hard times. Whether it be God, love, family, faith, or anything. If you have seen the video to the song prayer you would understand. In the video bad things happen to every member of his band. The bad things happen because of other good things. Such as a little girl runnning towards someone she loves and causes one to crash his car. Then he says the lyrics, "return to me, return to me, leave me nowhere, return to me, return to me." It means that yea stuff happens, but you can always return to your faith in somthing.Anthony - Greenwood, Sc
People Just don't understand music. Disturbeds' music helped me during a real tough time in my life. Today I am christian mainly because of their music. These people who claim that disturbed is Satanic, their all Christian Extremist. Nothing wrong with the lyrics; their just upset that God isn't mentioned in every single sentence being praised upon most high, or whatever it is they lift him up on. Great band, great songs!!!!!Dagan - Asheville, Nc
ok, anybody who says that they are satanic due to the indestructible cover, take the time to think about it. the song "inside the fire" perhaps? talking about his girlfriend killed herself then he felt the devil standing over him trying to convince himself to do the same, to "take the word of one immortal! give your soul to me, for eternity. release your life, to begin another time with her. end your grief with me, there's another way. release your life, take your place inside the fire with her!"Grant - Charlotte, Nc
Hey christian, Red Lion, PA, the disturbed symbol is 6 religios symbols put togeater IE:christian cross, pagan moon, Jewish star.Chris - Waterford, Me
its mostly about him talking to God after his grandfather died. I think he's trying to express that you experience loss for a reason, and that you should trust God when you're losing it all. "Take everything away"Austin - Knoxville, Tn
My prayers are with Sarah of Richmond. Sorry about your loss.Corey - Richmond, Va
WTF are you (non nice people) all arguing about Satanism, the Devil, blah blah blah. David is p***ed at God for taking away his Grandfather. The end.Alex - Fresno, Ca
i didnt mean it as the cover work i think that it looks kool but people are saying that the band is very satanic and that is what the believe symbol meansChristian - Red Lion, Pa
The cover of indestructible has absolutely nothing with being satanic or the devill, the art work was done by the artist of Spawn, The members of disturbed happen to be fans of the art work so they asked him to do the art work for their CD, its that simple no devill!!Albert - Mcallen, Tx
just to set the record straight this cd or any of there stuff isnt satanic anti government or anything. infact if you want to get technical it is pro religion and pro army war stuff like that.
in this song it is about him talking to the devil.
"ANother life that i've that i've taken from you" he is telling the devil that the lord is the only way and through his music (particulary this album) he will get people to believe in god and not him. the reason that he says liveing isnt hard enough burn me alive inside. he is saying that life really isnt that hard if you belive and he is willing take the sacrifice of an eternity in hell to save millions. that is also why in the one part he is the speaking like the devil when he starts to say return to me. and i mena Indesturctible that isnt hard at are to figure out.
Christian - Red Lion, Pa
just wow... ACUALLY David himself said the song was about the book of Job in the bible. In the book God gave him a bunch of tests like1. his children all died, his cattle died, (scince he was very rich). Job didnt complain for anything or blame god.the song (Prayer) is about, no matter what life throws at you. You can always get back on your feet and keep going.Zoie - Virginia, Va
If anyone is wondering if this music is satanic...you havent got a clue. It is so obvious.Matthew - Esperance, Ny
For some reason - this song touches me -- when they did it in concert , I was in the front row and I cried ----- I love it.Connie - Bullhead City, Az
Hello!!! The cover of Believe represents unity and diversity, no matter what religion you are and what your background is. It incorporates a circle: representing the sun, wholeness, life...; a hexagram or star of David: representing the Jewish faith, (and the symbol for Mars?); a pentagram: representing the Wikkan faith, (and the symbol for Venus?); a crescent moon: representing the Jehovah faith; and in the middle is a cross: representing the Christian faith, the four original elements, and direction. Disturbed combined all of these to show unity...Liberate your minds=don't judge based on religious preference.Shreddie - Pbg, Fl
wen i first heard disturbed, satanism was not wat came to my mind. and wat i think bout the comments here frm a few others sayin they are santanic is a load of rubbish. this is definitly not music of the devil. doesnt sound anything like.
i love this band to bits. i am not religious but i cant say if i beleive in a God!!! i am more spiritual. alot of, well most of the songs are talking bout the world and wat is happening and wat people are doing to eachother (and wat people are doing to the world). I RESPECT DAVID IN ALL HIS GREATNESS, ESPECIALY WAT HE SINGS BOUT. the deepest words i hav heard. rly gets me hooked.
and if any one wants to comment or say anything to my comment go ahead want to hear wat u think.
much love to the band. C frm UK
Chantal - Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
I reckon when he's saying "Life just isn't hard enough", he's saying that his life is nowhere near as bad as many other people's and he's trying to recognise that. I don't think he's saying "Just destroy the world, God"

I can't say for sure if the band is Satanic or not due to their latest album cover, Indestructible, which has a picture of a demon-like character in chains with fire around him. A person wrappped in chains represents a soul in a hell, and the fire in the background just makes it look more satanic.
Matthew - Melbourne, Australia
awesome song,i personally believe that the pentagram
represents a mix of judaism,wicca,jerusalim,and the star of david and apparantly johova whitness is another subject they believe that god itself is a description and juhova is the real GOD back to disturbed the jewish cresent is all that is the supposable devil horns foolowed by a point up pentagram which represents the hebrew word for "jesus" in the stupify song it also explains te fa che whic is hebrew for dont be afraid
Jacob - Christchurch, New Zealand
David comes from a deeply religious jewish family and his grandfather never approved of his rebellion from that family. His grandpa was a holocaust survivor and when he died David was deeply hurt and he devoted the album "Believe" to him. This song is David saying, if there is a God out there, give me everything you've got. Also when asked if he was religious he replied "No, not at all".Dj - Pipestone, Co
If you have acutally watched the video on the believe cd you would know that the song is also about 9/11 David says it himself he's commemorating all that died on that fateful dayAdam - Mccordsvill, In
Disturbed = Best Mother F***in' band ever!Silent Bob - Kingsley, Mi
It is completely obvious that Disturbed is not a Satanic band nor is David Draiman a Satanic person. This song is about the death of his Grandfather and is also a translation of his beliefs on death and faith.Silent Bob - Kingsley, Mi
Hi, was wondering if anyone could help me. Ive been looking for a postal address or email of David Draiman for a long time. Since soon his b'day is coming and we would like to send him our best wishes from Malta. [superchristine@hotmail.com]Christine - Malta, Europe
I love this song so much; I can listen to it over and over and never get tired of it. Especially the chorus, it kinda gets me every time.Rachel - San Antonio, Tx
I really like the song Preay it reminds me of my mom. The part wheb David goes " Let me enliten you, this is the way I preay " - Sarah Joyner Richmond VA.Sarah - Richmond, Va
I loved the band Disturbed since they came out. I really liked the lead singer David Draiman. I used to have an e-mail address that said david_hott_luv@yahoo.com, but my sister Asyley found it and deleted it I really dont know why. My faviort song is Stupify and Preay. I still have all of their cds that came out like " The Sickness ", " Belive ", and " Ten Thousand Fists ". I wish I could meet the lead singer so bad. What I find funny is that my oldest brother Stephen he sounds like David when he sings. Anyway my brother Stephen loves the band Disturbed too. Ive been raised by boys manly because I hang around them most of the time. My mom Amber died on August 22, 2005 Ireally miss her too. It was a few weeks after my birthday when I turned 14. Well I will write back some other time. - Sarah JoynerSarah - Richmond, Va
why am I from queens/NewYork Florida?hahahahahaI LOVE DRAGONBALLZ!!!!!!!!!!Frank - Queens/newyork, Fl
I love disturbed there the best band in the universe and i know there not satanic in any way,shape,or form.yea they have some curse words but thats no worshiping satan!Frank - Queens/newyork, Fl
i really hope this band isnt satanic cause i really like their music,i like how this song relates to exactly how i feel when my family members die,sometimes even when they dont.J - Norfolk, Va
The cover art of believe is meant to symbolize that although many world religions differ, there are many things that they have in common. Rather than dwell on the differences, focus on the similiarities. As for the song "Prayer", if you read between the lines, you'll discover that it contains the message of no matter what is thrown at you by people or by a higher power, you have the strength as an individual person to get thru it. It becomes a testmant of your faith. David is an articulitive genius.Tom - Chicago, Il
This song is inspired by a couple of things, the death of his grandfather being the most significant. Also, if you watch the CD's video, he explains that "After 9-11 we all need something to believe in" so that inspired it, and other people have already explained what he is talking about.Evan - , Tx
my name is yahaira and this song for me is a very good song this song is about life and when ever im going thruogh a hard time this song helps me go on with my life its a very great songthis is the 1st song ive ever heard from them and i love itYahaira - Denver, Co
Okay, someone said something about Disturbed being a satanic band. They're not, seriously - David Draiman's Jewish. Someone said something about the cover art being Satanic, which a pentagram and devil horns. Look more closely, it's several shapes. The Islamic crescent (the "devil horns"), there's also a Star of David (the Jewish symbol), and finally, a point-up pentagram. Point-up pentagrams are synonymous with the Hebrew word for "Jesus", and were actually used as a Christian symbol prior to the cross. Satanic cults and Satanists use the point-down pentagram, which overlays perfectly with the baphomet. On a much more focused note, I belive this song is about Draiman's anguish over his grandfather's demise. His grandfather was angry that Draiman became a rock star, and I suspect that maybe Draiman wishes he could have been closer to the man in his later years, and is angry that he has no chance to fix things.Eric - Marion, Ia
I can't speak for the others, but I read an article about David. He didn't rebel against Christianity, he rebelled against the fact that he wasn't allowed to go to movies, read books, hang out with girls, or read magazines, things, he said, a normal kid would do. He felt like he was being suffocated.Liz - Petersburg, Va
These guys are mormon. They did rebel against christianity as teens (as a lot of teens do), but they came back to God as mormons. Betchya you didn't know that!

Also, my dad thinks they are satanic due to the pentacle, star of david, and the devil horns coming out of the top of the circle.
Rony - Houston, Tx
Well I can't really say any thing about this song except that it rocks hard and I love it, no matter what the meaning is behind it.Matt - Gueydan, La
Actually, yeah the cover of believe, which is a part that might explain possibly why people think that they are stanic, but they are not, it is just the symbols of different symbols, and it also explains why the album is titled believe.Matt - Stilwater, Mn
OMFG!!! the point of this song is honestly not satanic! it is explaining how bad the world looks, you know, and the fact of the priest guy, is to show that people might complain, or be against other people who have different religionsMatt - Stilwater, Mn
im sittin here listening to Prayer and viewing the lyrics and i have to say disturbed is a bunch of real dEEp guys. when he says "burn me alive inside livin my lifes not hard enough" i think he is sayin to the big G-O-D to burn him from the inside with GOD'S love. livin my lifes not hard enough (maybe he is sayin it sarcastically?) like he is goin through a tough time in his life right now and he needs gods helping hand. and by the way DISTURBED IS NOT A SATANIC BAND!!!! it may sound kinda weird hearin it blarin through your speakers but just think really hard when u listen to it next time to what they r sayin. rock onNate - Chicago, Il
The verses are Satan talking to him (David Draiman). The chorus is how David prays to God. He sees so much suffering in the world that he prays that God destroy the world to end the suffering. This is a sentiment shared by many christians. Watch a couple of documentaries on infanticide in China, genocide in Sudan, and child rape and sex slavery in Thailand and then watch the "Prayer" music video. It should make more sense then.Guy - San Jose, Ca
I don't believe the song is satanic, as there's no clear worship of Satan. I do believe the song is about an abandonment of God. He aknowledges that God exists, but the song is about how hard his life is. "Living just isn't hard enough". I believe "Burn me alive inside!" and "Take Everything Away!" symbolize his abandonment of God, as he believes God abandoned him. They are sarcastic remarks stating that he'll get by on his own, and that his life couldn't be worse.Chris - Boston, Ma
I duno what to think about this song. It's good, but is it Satanic....? Seems as if it could beKenny - Bournemouth, England
p.s. i think with the part of the song that says, "Another dream that will never come true
just to compliment your sorrow.
Another life that I've taken from you.
A gift to add on to your pain and suffering.
Another truth you can never believe has
crippled you completely.
All the cries you're beginning to hear,
trapped in your mind and the sound is deafening." doesnt refer to him saying this, but to how he percieves the attacks of 9/11.

liner note... the song does have reference to Job and to 9/11. The video was banned for a time from airplay because the media felt the content in it depicted the events of 9/11, which in a way it did. I believe that is what the video in part is meant to symbolize.
Steve - Keene, Nh
It's spelt Job. Beautiful song, and voice. David is an amazing lyracist. ?I think the trick to getting Disturbed songs is find what you think the song is about. Basically, in most if not all of Disturbeds songs, there are underlying themes and messages. Not subliminal messages persay, but themes to them that allow the audience to fell a connection to the songs, which is the sign of a great songwriter, to be able to connect with listeners. None of us can say exactly what the beliefs of the band are, but that is the essence of music, to find what it means to you, and hold it close. That is why i love bands such as Disturbed who can make you feel as if you have known them your whole life, or as if they are a missing peice of yourself: explaining how you feel in music, if you yourself connat express it.Steve - Keene, Nh
Your close man, true thats what the album cover is about, the mixture of the religious icons, but the song Prayer itself, Draeman said in the same interview your referencing I think, David says he's comparing himself to the prophet Job.Max - New York, Ny
This entire CD was based on the death of his grandfather, the makor male influence in his life. His grandfather survived the Holocaust. Listen to the lyrics closely...many of the lyrics sound like they are based on it.Mike - Dayton, Oh
My parents believe Draiman is Satanist due to this song. I think it's because of the chorus, "Let me enlighten you/this is the way I pray! Living my life's not hard enought/burn me alive inside/...take everything away"Cody - Houston, Ak
This song was also influenced by 9/11. If you have the CD, there's an enhanced CD part, and it had a very small making of the video before the video, and David talks about how 9/11 influenced it too.Keith - Chicago, Il
Excellent Song. The chorus really echoes Job's feeling of torment. A good line to compare with his thoughts is from Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody: "Mama, I don't wanna die/I sometimes wish I'd neve been born at all!"Michael - Chino, Ca
book of Job. not pronounced job like work.David - Richmond, Va
This song definately has a religous background, like most Disturbed songs. The song talks about the book of Joeb(not sure if that's the right spelling)"Living my life's not hard enough/Burn me alive inside."Bruce - Springfield, Va
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