Pray

Album: yet to be titled (2022)
Charted: 66 95
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Songfacts®:

  • Born and raised in a small Alabama town, Jessie Murph has been writing songs since the age of 11. After she started posting her tunes to TikTok, the teenager became a major star on the platform, with millions of followers. This vulnerable song is about some of her teenage tribulations.
  • Written and released when she was 17, "Pray" finds Jessie Murph transporting her listeners to some of her darkest moments. They include:

    A romance that turned toxic.

    I thought I wanted love 'til you showed me what it was
    I've never been golden, but I swear that I showed it


    Her troubled relationship with her dad.

    Up at night, drinking liquor like it's water
    Waking up, knowing I'm somebody's daughter, but
    I don't know a lot about my father


    And her struggles with depression.

    Late at night, going out my mind
    Praying that the sun don't rise,


    Murph prays that the people who listen to her music will never have to go through the hardships she's endured.

    You might love the highs, but you ain't seen the lows
    You don't know the half of it and I pray you'll never know
  • Murph wrote "Pray" with her mentor and friend Jenna Andrews. The Canadian singer-songwriter's other credits include BTS' "Butter" and "Permission To Dance."

    Feli Ferraro also contributed to the writing alongside co-producers Stephen Kirk (he penned the initial chorus melody and lyrics for "Butter") and Gabe Simon.

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