Brandy Clark – “Pray To Jesus”

Brandy Clark

1. Brandy Clark is country. No doubt about it. Clark, who has a cowrite on Miranda Lambert‘s latest single “Mama’s Broken Heart“, as well as on the Band Perry’s latest chart-topper “Better Dig Two“, has an upcoming record with no current street date. Filled with gems about smoking weed, taking pills, going to jail, and a hell of a cheating song, this blend of wit and realism is one of the reasons I am looking forward to the next year. Clark writes from the seedy underbelly of country folk, topping it with a clear, Patty Loveless-like vocal that almost belies the subject matter underneath.

2. Clark is much more country than people who continually outwardly profess to be “countrier than thou”. In fact, she dismisses the idea of country being specific to a Southern location in the first two lines of this song. Without a hint of irony, she lays out a chorus that matter-of-factly states the “two ways we can change tomorrow”, salvation or a winning scratch-off. In the Americana world, this might be shaped as some sort of overly dramatic Dust Bowl desperation, but Clark delivers it in the way a character from a Larry Brown novel might: perfectly aware of her flaw and perfectly unwilling to change.

3. Brandy Clark doesn’t need a laundry list of adjectives to describe how country she is. This song, along with the rest of her record (listen here), show that country is more of a state of being than a collection of fashion accessories and cliches. Being funny in a song is a lost art, and difficult too. Clark makes it look easy here, keeping things lighthearted throughout this exploration of lost causes. Kacey Musgraves and Ashley Monroe have already given us plenty to look forward to about the “Class of 2013″, but Brandy Clark’s unique style adds a whole new element. Very glad that the trend of artists turning into writers has also gone the other way. We will all be better for it.

Brandy Clark Pray To Jesus lyrics:

We live in trailers and apartments too
from California to Kalamazoo
grow up get married and when that one ends
we hate sleeping alone so we get married again

don’t wanna be buried in debt or in sin
so we pray to Jesus and we play the lotto
cause there aint but two ways
we can change tomorrow
and there aint no genie
and there aint no bottle
so we pray to Jesus and we play the lotto

We love to complain about what we can’t fix
mostly mothers in law traffic and politics
we tell our kids how hard it was back when
same way our parents did to us back then

thought we’d be different but we’re just like them
yeah we pray to Jesus and we play the lotto
cause there aint but two ways
we can change tomorrow
and there aint no genie
and there aint no bottle
so we pray to Jesus and we play the lotto

we load our kids up in our new used car
and after church we hit the mini mart
behind the counter up there on the wall
it reads 200 million on the power ball

six little numbers that could change it all
so we pray to Jesus and we play the lotto
cause there aint but two ways
we can change tomorrow
and there aint no genie
and there aint no bottle
so we pray to Jesus and we play the lotto


  • January 22, 2013 - 12:15 pm | Permalink

    We have loved Brandy from the first time she played at one of our house concerts…3 years ago now…she has played at our house several times since with Shane McAnally and Karyn Rochelle. We are hoping to book her for a one woman show, surrounded by all of her friends! You are an awesome talent, my friend….we have an advaned copy of her CD…wearing it out!

  • Martha Allen
    January 22, 2013 - 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Brandy isn’t a over night sensation she has been working hard for more than 15 years. From west coast to east coast, Alaska to Florida she has the hearts of so many people, young and old. My mother to my grandson, Brandy’s music captures all ages hearts.

  • April Kaech
    January 23, 2013 - 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Brandy is a beautiful artist and person. She is a true class act and I am happy to watch her live out her dreams. I love, love, love this song. She was my idol in high school and she is one of my daughters idols now. Keep up the good work my friend and I can not wait to see you live on stage.

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  • Mark Depew
    March 4, 2013 - 11:37 pm | Permalink

    Brandy Clark is my favorite entertainer EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is going to rock the world!!!!!!!

    Mark from Ohio

  • March 6, 2013 - 12:06 pm | Permalink

    I am so Happy for Brandy. She has done very well for a girl growing up in a logging town. She grew up with my children, hard working girl.

  • Dawn Eubank
    March 19, 2013 - 1:36 pm | Permalink

    I was wondering where or how we can purchase copies of Brandy Clark’s cds. Can’t find them anywhere on web or in store. Can you assist with that please.

    Thank You.

  • Kit Kat
    April 23, 2013 - 10:47 pm | Permalink

    We totally love Brandy! We just saw her perform at the Writer’s Jam at the ASCAP Expo, she’s amazing!

  • John Hurst
    April 29, 2013 - 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Love Brandy and her special way of presenting ” Pray to Jesus “. What a fantastic melody and if you read the lyricks, a whole lot of truth. Give us more music Miss Brandy and PLEASE, tell us where we can buy your music cd`s. HB

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  • Larue
    July 12, 2013 - 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Brandy’s album should be ready for release VERY soon. 3 songs available for download on iTunes. I am waiting for the album just like you. She is playing in Utah a week from tonight. She may have the cd available there!

  • Love Brandy Clark!
    July 17, 2013 - 2:19 pm | Permalink

    We saw Brandy on the Marty Stuart show and immediately realized what a gem she is! And “Pray to Jesus” is a brilliant song that captures American culture like no other I’ve heard. I have been spreading the word (plus I have a Martin guitar just like Brandy’s–awesome tone)!

  • November 1, 2013 - 8:12 pm | Permalink

    G-d bless you Brandy for sharing her soul and some of the most lyrically creative songs that I’ve heard in years. Its so refreshing to have an artist give you so much on one CD, this is a true artist not merely a entertainer. I am telling everyone I know about Brandy Clark, much success to you, you deserve it!

  • November 17, 2013 - 9:29 am | Permalink

    My wife and I first heard of “Brandy Clark” late last Fall, 2012. She was on the “Marty Stuart Show” on a new channel we found on our Cable-One provider. We were very impressed with her songs, as was Marty. We loved “Stripes”. “Pray to Jesus”, and “Take a Little Pill”. We just saw her new video on TV this week “Stripes” and it was perfect. When we heard Miranda Lambert sing “Mama’s Broken Heart” I told my wife that has to be a Brandy Clark song. We were right on!

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