Unlike her last full-length album Warrior, her third album Rainbow is much more personal. The first three songs off the album “Praying”, “Woman”, and “Learn to Let Go” are about emotional struggle, empowerment and rising from the ashes. “Hymn” is no different and was released with a poignant essay written by the singer herself for Mic.
“The longer title was ‘Hymn for the Hymnless,’” Kesha writes. “And when I say ‘hymnless,’ I’m talking about people who feel they don’t fit in, people who feel like they don’t have a hymn.”
Kesha co-wrote this song with her mother, Pebe Sebert, Cara Salimando, Jonny Price and Ricky Reed. She reveals in her essay that she had to work with her mother due to the subject matter, and with lyrics like “If we die before we wake/ Who we are is no mistake/ This is just the way we’re made,” this song is an anthem for all people who find themselves at odds with their world or society.
🌈 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." Read my full letter. Link in Bio ♥
“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,” Kesha continues. “I hope this is one of those songs that will find and connect with people who feel like outcasts.”
This is not the first time that Kesha has been vocal about standing up for others, self-worth, and fighting for what you believe in. Yet, after the fight she has battled these past few years, the message is definitely much more powerful.