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Kesha’s “Praying” is a Sad Reminder That She is Still Owned by the Industry



While Praying is said to be a “liberating” song that addresses Kesha’s painful past with her producer Dr. Luke, the video tells a whole other story. Indeed, through symbolism, the video implies that Kesha is still an industry slave … because that’s what she actually is.

For years, Kesha has been displaying all of the “symptoms” of a music industry slave. At an early age, the singer got locked into an airtight contract with Sony Music, under Dr. Luke’s label Kemosabe. Since then, she’s had little to no control over her professional career and personal life.

Like most industry slaves, Kesha’s work has been replete with elite symbolism and infused with a foul, dehumanizing agenda. For example, her 2012 video Die Young (analyzed in this article), featured the singer repeating “We’re gonna die young” as satanic images flashed on screen. The entire thing was so blatant that even mainstream magazines such as Billboard had to admit that the video was all about Illuminati symbolism:

“According to Billboard, the video is a shout-out to the Illuminati. Occult symbols ubiquitously associated with the secret society such as the all-seeing eye of Horus, inverted crosses, pentagrams, and triangles pervade the video.”
– Wikipedia, Die Young

As if to confirm the bad omen of the song, Die Young was released only days prior to the Sandy Hook shooting, causing the song to become the most inappropriate thing to play on the radio at that time. Shortly after the generalized ban of the song, Kesha posted an extremely revealing tweet (which was deleted shortly after):

Kesha wrote in capital letters that she was FORCED TO sing those lyrics. She was also forced to appear in that video.

This single tweet was a prelude to a massive battle that ensued between Kesha and Dr. Luke – the man who literally owns her.

Dancing With the Devil

In 2012, Kesha recorded an unreleased song titled Dancing With the Devil, which was clearly about Dr. Luke. The lyrics describe the helplessness of a singer who “sold her soul” to the devil for “dirty gold”.

I keep on dancing with the Devil
I keep on dancing with the Devil
I sold my soul, ain’t no turning back
I keep on dancing with the Devil

You and I made a deal
I was young and s**t got real
Weaving through Heaven and back

Your love is made of dirty gold
But I’m the one who sold my soul
So go ahead and take my hand

I keep on dancing with the Devil
I keep on dancing with the Devil
I sold my soul, it’s a dead-end road
But there ain’t no turning back
I keep on dancing with the Devil

Two years later, in 2014, Kesha filed a highly-publicized lawsuit against Dr. Luke, in which she accused him of mental, physical and even sexual abuse. 

“At eighteen years old, Ms. Sebert was induced by DEFENDANT LUKASZ SEBASTIAN GOTTWALD (a.k.a. “Dr. Luke”), a successful music producer, to drop out of high school, leave behind her family, home, and life in Nashville, Tennesse, and come to Los Angeles to pursue a glamorous career in the music industry.

For the past ten years, Dr. Luke has sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused Ms. Sebert to the point where Ms. Sebert nearly lost her life. Dr. Luke abused Ms. Sebert in order to destroy her self-confidence, self-image, and self-worth so that he could maintain complete control over her life and career.”

The lawsuit provided grim details about the alleged abuse suffered by Kesha.

“Ms. Sebert took the pills and woke up the following afternoon, naked in Dr. Luke’s bed, sore and sick, with no memory of how she got there. Ms. Sebert immediately called her mother and made a ‘fresh complaint,’ telling her that she was naked in Dr. Luke’s hotel room, she did not know where the clothes were, that Dr. Luke had raped her, and that she needed to go to the emergency room. (…)

After years of legal battle, Kesha lost the lawsuit due to lack of evidence. To this day, she is still forced to work under Dr. Luke until her contract is fulfilled.

“Kornreich heard arguments that Dr. Luke had invested a substantial amount — $60 million in her career — and that the producer had agreed to allow her to record without his involvement. The judge told Geragos that “decimates your argument,” adding, “My instinct is to do the commercially reasonable thing.”  Kornreich spoke of the lack of medical evidence such as hospital records to corroborate the assault allegations. “I don’t understand why I have to take the extraordinary measure of granting an injunction,” she said.
– Hollywood Reporter, “Judge Won’t Let Kesha Escape Dr. Luke Contract”

A year after this devastating court loss, Kesha is releasing a new album entitled Rainbow. The first song, “Praying”, is touted as a “powerful” song about Kesha freeing herself from the bonds of the evil Dr. Luke. It is truly the case, though? Maybe on a personal level, hopefully.


The song was written by Kesha along with Andrew Joslyn, Ben Abraham, and Ryan Lewis (known for his work with rapper Macklemore). Its lyrics allude to past abuse and seeking spirituality to move past it.

‘Cause you brought the flames and you put me through hell
I had to learn how to fight for myself”

Kesha also hopes to see Luke change his ways:

“I hope you’re somewhere prayin’, prayin’
I hope your soul is changin’, changin’
I hope you find your peace
Falling on your knees, prayin'”

Shortly after the song was released, Kesha published an essay on Lenny Letter describing the motivation behind the song.

“Praying,” my first single in almost four years, comes out today. I have channeled my feelings of severe hopelessness and depression, I’ve overcome obstacles, and I have found strength in myself even when it felt out of reach. I’ve found what I had thought was an unobtainable place of peace. This song is about coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you. It’s a song about learning to be proud of the person you are even during low moments when you feel alone. It’s also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal.”
– Lenny Letter, Kesha Fights Back in Her New Single, “Praying”

While some media sources celebrate Kesha’s song as some kind of feminist victory – Kesha’s actual situation is not different from when she started. She is still locked into that same contract and still forced to work under Dr. Luke. In fact, after the release on Praying, Dr. Luke’s label issued a rather spiteful statement:

“There was no change in Kesha’s contractual recording obligations — she has not succeeded on any legal claim or motion to avoid them. Instead, she was always free to record and refused to. Now, as legally required all along, the album was released with Dr. Luke’s approval by Kemosabe which is a joint venture label of Dr. Luke and Sony.”

One can understand from this statement that Dr. Luke “allowed” this song to be released. And, as usual, the label took care of making the music video. And that video did its best to contradict the core message of the song through intense symbolism. To do so, they’ve hired the occult elite’s favorite video director: Jonas Akerlund.

For years, Akerlund has been directing videos that are heavily infused with mind control symbolism such as Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” and Britney Spears’ “Hold it Against Me”, the latter being 100% about Spears being an MK slave.

Praying is also about Kesha remaining a slave. One simply needs to read the symbolism. Let’s look at the video.

The Video

The video takes the central theme of the song and adds a sad symbolic layer over it. It ends up telling the story of a pop star who is desperate to free herself but is still under tight control. To make a bad analogy, she’s like an animal that escapes a cage and believes its free … to find out that it is still inside a zoo. That is the message symbolically conveyed by the video.

The video begins with a telling scene.

Kesha lays in a coffin-like box under a glowing red cross. Two guys look over her. Oh, and they’re wearing pig heads.

Although some elements in this scene combine the sacred elements of a church, other elements allude to the kind of desecration found in Satanic black masses. Also, Satanists love to wear animal heads (probably to celebrate the animal side of humans).

This is the first image that welcomes visitors to the official website of the Church of Satan. Oh, and they’re wearing a pig head.

Who are these pig-headed dudes looking over Kesha? Do they represent Dr. Luke and his industry pals?

Kesha looks dead, her eyes are covered. On her hand is the head of a doll – a symbol of mind control.

We then hear Kesha reciting a very depressing monolog.

“Am I dead? Or is this one of those dreams? Those horrible dreams that seem like they last forever?”

We then see Kesha stranded on water.

Kesha stranded on water = Her being a slave of the industry where there’s nowhere to go.

Kesha continues:

“If I am alive, why? If there is a God or whatever, something, somewhere, why have I been abandoned by everyone and everything I’ve ever known? I’ve ever loved? Stranded. What is the lesson? What is the point? God, give me a sign, or I have to give up. I can’t do this anymore. Please just let me die. Being alive hurts too much.”

At the exact moment, Kesha says “God give me a sign”, we see a close-up of a tattoo on her hand.

The planet Saturn is tattooed inside Kesha’s hand.

Since the dawn of time and throughout most civilizations, there has been a strong esoteric association between Saturn and Satan. Exploring the full depth of this claim could fill a book, but here’s the gist of it: Saturn is the ruling planet of the astrological sign of Capricorn, which is represented by a goat’s head. Depending on the culture, Saturn is associated with the goat-headed god Pan, the father of time Kronos (who devours his children), and the grim reaper. Saturn is associated with the limitations of the physical realm versus the infinity of the spiritual realm.

“In the Greek tradition, Capricorn is Pan, the goat-foot god, the god of wild hills and mountainside, overseer of shepherds and nature’s sensuous delights.  In the Christian tradition, the sign of Capricorn becomes demonised along with its ruling planet Saturn (who becomes Satan), and Pan (along with the pleasure of the flesh that he invokes) becomes synonymous with the Devil.  Indeed, Capricorn has always been a sign traditionally revered, feared and made “scapegoat” in more -or-less equal measure.”
– The Alchemical Journey, Capricorn: Taking a Stand

The god Pan – esoterically associated with Saturn.

In short, considering Akerlund’s knowledge of symbolism, filming a shot of Saturn while Kesha mentions God is no accident. Think I’m crazy? Here is Jonas Akerlund’s current Twitter profile pic.

After all of this symbolism, the song finally begins. And the symbolism keeps getting more blatant.

Kesha walks around with a veil on her head on which are attached a bunch of Monarch butterflies.

If you’ve read past Vigilant Citizen articles, you know that these butterflies symbolize Monarch programming (read about it here). Indeed, the butterfly veil represents Kesha being under mind control.

This single scene contains heavy MK symbolism. Other than the Monarch veil, there’s a mannequin with its head cut off – a typical way of representing dissociative MK slaves. On the right, the sign says “Welcome to Kitty’s”, which can refer to Beta Kitten programming. On the left is a bizarre spiral symbol.

The symbol appears to be a combination of logos used by actual “child lovers” to identify themselves (the logos on the right are from FBI files). Why would this symbol appear in her video? Is this a way of saying that she’s forced to be a part of the occult elite’s child-molesting culture?

Several scenes allude to Kesha being trapped and attempting to free herself.

Kesha is stuck underneath a net – a good way of portraying her status as an industry slave.

Kesha struggles with the pig-headed dudes over a bed. What are the pigs are actually trying to do in that bed?

Despite being physically restrained in various ways, Kesha seeks salvation through spirituality. Not only is Kesha shown praying to God, she is actually becoming a Christ-like figure. Several scenes allude to this.

Kesha wears a crown of thorns, like Jesus prior to crucifixion.

Kesha’s shiny outfit features a “sacred heart” found in classic depictions of Christ.

At the end of the video, Kesha walks on water. Her becoming like Christ saved her from being stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Therefore, the video depicts a Gnostic-like salvation where Kesha discovers her “inner-Christ”. Considering the MK symbolism in the video, can we conclude that Kesha’s spiritual journey is happening under the watchful eyes of her handlers who still control her earthly life?

Well, one single scene sums up the entire video.

Kesha prays to God on a prayer desk on which was painted with the all-seeing eye … the occult elite’s favorite symbol.

This scene is rather sad. It depicts Kesha attempting to seek inner peace through spirituality while the symbolism of the occult elite is stamped right on her prayer desk. If there is one symbol that represents Kesha’s slave status, it is definitely the all-seeing eye.

She has been told to do that crap for her entire career.

The video ends in a curious matter.

As Kesha walks on water, the words “the beginning” appear in a typeface reminiscent of Sanskrit – the primary liturgical language of Hinduism.

Kesha is apparently beginning a new life … as a female pop star Gnostic-Hindu-Jesus figure … or something … nobody seems to really know.

In Conclusion

The story behind Praying and the imagery of its music video reflect a sad truth of the music industry. The final product is the result of two conflicting sides: A desperate artist and an industry that is almost mocking her in her own video.

On one side there’s Kesha, an artist stuck in a soul-sucking, multiple-album contract with a major record label and who has been fighting for years to break free from it. Like most artists who were in contact with the dark side of the industry, Kesha felt attacked on a deeply spiritual level. The dark side of the industry is Satanic – in the truest, evilest sense of the word. It recruits young aspiring stars and abuses the hell out of them until they completely break down. Faced with this horror, many “survivors” seek refuge in spirituality. This entire process is the inspiration for Praying.

On the other side, there’s the entire music industry who still owns Kesha. Dr. Luke still has to approve her work. Jonas Akerlund, a master of occult elite symbolism, was apparently hired to taint this song with imagery that tells another story. In typical industry fashion, the symbolism infused by Akerlund is deceptive and manipulative – it touches on the spiritual theme of the song while adding enough imagery to tell “those in the know” that Kesha is still a slave of the elite.

Kesha’s story is still not over and it’ll be interesting to see how things evolve. She probably has a whole lot to say about the industry, but all she truly wants is to get out of it. As she sings in her song:

And we both know all the truth I could tell
I’ll just say this is “I wish you farewell”


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