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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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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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?