Kesha returns to shelves and streaming with her third full-length album Rainbow on August 11th, but she won’t be alone. Featured on the singer’s cover of Dolly Parton’s “Old Flames (Can’t Hold A Candle To You)” will be none other than Dolly herself!
The feature should have been obvious when Kesha released the album tracklist (along with every rape survivor’s new go-to anthem “Praying”) last week, but fans assumed the track would be an updated version of a previously leaked cover.
“Old Flames” was written by Kesha’s mom, Pebe Sebert, and released by Parton on her 1980’s album Dolly, Dolly, Dolly. The song was a #1, chart-topping success.
Also featured on the album are the Dap-Kings Horns and Eagles of Death Metal.
Kesha’s new single “Praying” dropped on Thursday to praise from critics and listeners around the world. The singer’s pain following her failed legal battle against label owner, producer, and alleged rapist Dr. Luke seeps through her lyrics and vocals into listeners’ ears, begging to be heard.
“You brought the flames and you put me through Hell / I had to learn how to fight for myself / And we both know all the truth I could tell / I’ll just say this as I wish you farewell: / I hope you’re somewhere praying,” Kesha sings on the empathy-filled ballad.
According to Eleanor Muffitt, a fellow rape survivor and journalist at The Telegraph, there’s a clear reason why “Praying” stems from a place of acceptance more so than defeat.
“[Kesha] isn’t angry. She isn’t crumbling, or trying to convince us that she was telling the truth. We can choose to believe her, we can choose not to. She doesn’t care; but she does care about finding a way to move on – and that involves waving goodbye to her bitterness.”
In her truly moving piece, Muffitt relates to Kesha’s motive through her personal experiences with overcoming rape, victimization, and all of the side-effects of a traumatic experience.
Following my assault at university, I battled depression and post-traumatic stress disorder for years before eventually dropping out. It was my life that was plunged into uncertainty, not his.
So often, this is how sexual violence plays out: the assailant gets to walk away unscathed, while the victim struggles with flashbacks, anxiety and depression. Eventually I realized that if I didn’t want my mental health to be the death of me, I’d have to change how I was looking at what happened. – Continue reading at The Telegraph
Bonus: Kesha & Mom Pebe Cover “Old Flames (Can’t Hold a Candle To You)”
“In the past couple of years, I have grown into a strong, independent woman,” Kesha wrote in an essay for Lenny Letter last week. “I have realized through this long journey of ups and downs that if I’m lucky enough to have a voice that people listen to, then I should use it for good and for truth. . . . Finding the strength to come forward about these things is not easy, but I want to help others who are going through tough times.”
If you are a molestation or rape survivor yourself, please leave a comment on this story letting us know how you can relate to “Praying” and your thoughts for Kesha. We want your voice to be heard.
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