Kesha did it again and she can't stop DOING IT. Her latest song "Hymn" is beautiful, powerful, and resonating with fans just like her two previous hits, "Praying" and "Woman." Plus, the meaning of Kesha's song "Hymn" is super deep.
Kesha has been outspoken about incorporating her personal experience with God in her music, but for her, it's not about religion, it's about faith. She has been outspoken about her struggles with depression, and her latest compilation of music (and her first album in four years) is about that journey. In an essay she wrote for Lenny Letter, she candidly discussed how she found the light in a dark place, and that her fans helped guide her there.
In an essay she wrote for Lenny Letter, Kesha explained,
For me, God is not a bearded man sitting in the clouds or a judgmental, homophobic tyrant waiting to send everyone to eternal damnation. God is nature and space and energy and the universe. My own interpretation of spirituality isn't important, because we all have our own.
This song speaks entirely to that notion. Here are the lyrics:
Even the stars and the moon don't shine quite like we do Dreamers searchin' for the truth Go on, read about us in the news Pretty reckless, pretty wild Talking shit and we'll just smile Don't you see these f*ckin' crowns? If you know what I mean, you on the team This is a hymn for the hymnless, kids with no religion Yeah, we keep on sinning, yeah, we keep on singing Flying down the highway, backseat of the Hyundai Pull it to the front, let it run, we don't valet Sorry if you're starstruck, blame it on the stardust I know that I'm perfect, even though I'm f*cked up Hymn for the hymnless, don't need no forgiveness 'Cause if there's a heaven, don't care if we get in This is a hymn, hymn, hymn for how we live, live, live This is a hymn, hymn, hymn for how we live, for how we live After all we've been through, no, we won't stand and salute So we just ride, we just cruise Livin' like there's nothing left to lose If we die before we wake, who we are is no mistake This is just the way we're made You know what I mean, you on the team
I know. It gets me, too. As a gift to us, Kesha explained the meaning behind the song even further in a personal letter to her fans.
In it, she wrote,
I think that one of the reasons why my music connects with people who feel like they don't fit in is because I have never fit in either — this is why the song 'Hymn' is so special to me. The longer title was 'Hymn for the Hymnless.' And when I say 'hymnless,' I'm talking about people who feel like they don't fit in, people who feel like they don't have a hymn. That's how I have always felt myself — there was never one group or scene that was entirely mine. The lyrics are, 'This is a hymn for the hymnless, kids with no religion.' Religion, for me, in this song doesn't mean necessarily religion as in your spiritual belief, but more like kids with no set way of life. I'm still trying to figure out what I believe and what the truth is in my heart, and I know I'm not alone. My mind and opinions keep changing and expanding.
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. It's dedicated to the people who went out into the streets all over the world to protest against racism, hate and division of any kind. It's also dedicated to anyone who feels like they are not understood by the world or respected for exactly who they are. It's a hopeful song about all of these people — which I consider myself one of — and the power that we all have when we all come together.
Listen to the full song below and love, love, love it.