Sam Smith – Pray (SNL performance)

Sam Smith performing “Pray” live at Saturday Night Live. The track is taken from his forthcoming album ‘The Thrill Of It All’ released November 3rd. Introduced by host Gal Gadot, the British soul singer delivered album lead single “Too Good at Goodbyes,” a secular gospel pop lament, backed by a coterie of gospel singers, as well as “Pray.” In our current issue, Smith explained to Billboard that “Pray” was inspired by time he spent in Iraq with the charity War Child.

Lyrics

I’m young and I’m foolish, I’ve made bad decisions
I block out the news, turn my back on religion
Don’t have no degree, I’m somewhat naive
I’ve made it this far on my own
But lately, that shit ain’t been getting me higher
I lift up my head and the world is on fire
There’s dread in my heart and fear in my bones
And I just don’t know what to say

Maybe I’ll pray, pray
Maybe I’ll pray
I’ve never believed, and you know, but I’m gonna pray

You won’t find me in church (no!) reading the bible (no!)
I am still here and I’m still your disciple
I’m down on my knees, I’m begging you please
I’m broken, alone, and afraid
I’m not a saint, I’m more of a sinner
I don’t wanna lose, but I fear for the winners
When I try to explain, the words run away
That’s why I am stood here today

And I’m gonna pray, pray
Maybe I’ll pray, pray for a glimmer of hope
Maybe I’ll pray, pray
Maybe I’ll pray
I’ve never believed, and you know that I’m gonna

Won’t you call me?
Can we have a one-to-one, please?
Let’s talk about freedom
Everyone prays in the end
Everyone prays in the end
Won’t you call me?
Can we have a one-to-one, please?
Let’s talk about freedom
Everyone prays in the end
Everyone prays in the end

Oh, and I’m gonna pray, I’m gonna pray
I’m gonna pray, pray for a glimmer of hope
Maybe I’ll pray, pray
Maybe I’ll pray
I’ve never believed, and you know, but I’m gonna pray