Pray For Me - The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar




The Experience: Who gon' pray for me? Take my pain for me? Save my soul for me?... When the price of heroism is everything you have...

Music video: Still waiting.

The Meaning of Pray For Me: Faithful to the Marvel theme, The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar explore the dark underbelly of heroism: the pain and hurricanes, the tears. Embracing that suffering is what heroes do. It's what make them heroes - if I gotta be sacrificed for the greater good, then that's what it gotta be. But there's a darker streak to Pray For Me. This hero gives up too much. He's not a good man anymore: not just die for you, but also kill for you, spill this blood for you. He's fallen so far that not even God is on his side anymore - I fight you, I fight myself, I fight God. And that is why he is truly alone.

Ask yourself: If you stop loving and stop caring are you still a hero? Is there so much as sacrificing too much?

Album: Black Panther The Album (2018)

LYRICS:


[The Weeknd]
I'm always ready for a war again
Go down that road again
It's all the same
I'm always ready to take a life again
You know I'll ride again
It's all the same (ooh, ooh, ooh)
Tell me who's gon' save me from myself
When this life is all I know
Tell me who's gon' save me from this hell
Without you, I'm all alone

Who gon' pray for me?
Take my pain for me?
Save my soul for me?
'Cause I'm alone, you see
If I'm gon' die for you
If I'm gon' kill for you
Then I'll spill this blood for you, hey

[Kendrick Lamar]
I fight the world, I fight you, I fight myself
I fight God, just tell me how many burdens left
I fight pain and hurricanes, today I wept
I'm tryna fight back tears, flood on my doorsteps
Life a livin' hell, puddles of blood in the streets
Shooters on top of the building, government aiding relief
Earthquake, the body drop, the ground breaks
The poor one with smoke lungs and Scarface
Who need a hero? (hero)
You need a hero, look in the mirror, there go your hero
Who on the front lines at Ground Zero? (hero)
My heart don't skip a beat, even when hard times bumps the needle
Mass destruction and mass corruption
Their souls are sufferin' men
Clutchin' on deaf ears again, rapture is comin'
It's all prophecy and if I gotta be sacrificed for the greater good, then that's what it gotta be

[The Weeknd]
Who gon' pray for me?
Take my pain for me?
Save my soul for me?
'Cause I'm alone, you see
If I'm gon' die for you
If I'm gon' kill for you
Then I'll spill this blood for you, hey

Hey, hey
Hey, hey
Hey, hey
Hey, hey

Who gon' pray for me?
Take my pain for me?
Save my soul for me?
'Cause I'm alone, you see
If I'm gon' die for you
If I'm gon' kill for you
Then I'll spill this blood for you, hey

[Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd]
Just in case my finger roll
I live by my own, no
I live by my own, no
I live by my own
Just in case my finger roll
I live by my own, no
I live by my own, no
I live by my own


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin
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