"Pray for You" (CD single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Sarcastic song about getting revenge; OK for older kids.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

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Positive Messages

Although it's all in "getting-over-an-ex" fun, wishing that bad luck or worse befalls someone else isn't the best message -- funny or not.

Positive Role Models & Representations

OK, so praying for a pot to fall on your ex's head isn't being a great role model, but not letting a broken heart dim your wits or your sense of humor is positive.


Sarcasm-filled "prayers" of revenge for an ex-girlfriend: he prays that her brakes go out on a hill, that her engine stalls while in the air -- but taken with a country-humor grain of salt.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"I pray you pass out drunk with your best friend/And wake up with his and her tattoos..."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song is definitely not one to sing for your preacher. That being said, it's a parody of a bitter dumpee praying for bad things to happen to an ex. It's sinfully funny, and makes light of something everyone can relate to -- a broken heart. There's no profanity, and one reference to drinking. There are also some "prayers" about violent things happening to an ex, like having her brakes fail. Older kids will understand that the singer isn't really wishing for these things to happen, but younger kids might need an explanation.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byadtr_forever September 17, 2011

Go watch the video!

It has a lot of sarcasm, but I LOVE this song! It's pretty funny if you watch the music video! (: I see nothing wrong with the song!
Kid, 12 years old April 28, 2011

What's the story?

Don't be fooled by the title of this song or the singer's dashing good looks: "PRAY FOR YOU" is Jaron and the Long Road to Love's single about getting through a bad breakup and mending a broken heart by praying for revenge. It's clever and sarcastic, showcasing the singer's quick wit and strong vocals.

Is it any good?

The lyrics in "PRAY FOR YOU" start innocently enough: "Preacher says 'You can't go hating others who've done wrong to you/we must not condemn/Let the good Lord do his job/you must pray for them.'" In a sinfully funny, unexpected twist, Jaron starts praying for bad things to happen to the girl who did him wrong. "I hope your brakes go out going down a hill," "I hope a flower pot falls, knocks you on the head." Of course, we don't really pray for an ex's tire to blow out going 110 mph, but the thought might just bring a much-needed smile to a tear-stained face. Although some of the "prayers" are a little harsh, it's all in obvious, sarcastic fun; older kids will understand that these are not real prayers and enjoy the song's wit and charm.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about breakups. What are some positive ways to deal with an end of a relationship?  How do you feel when a relationship ends? What can you do to feel better?

  • The lyrics go from talking about God and church to praying for bad things to happen to someone. Although this song is meant to be funny and sarcastic, do you think it's OK to joke about praying for revenge? Why or why not?

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