Pray (Matthew Bellamy song)

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Matthew Bellamy song
Name Pray
Album/single For The Throne
Length 3:54
Alternative titles Pray (High Valyrian)
First live performance 22nd February 2019
Latest live performance 12th April 2019
Recorded 2018/19
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy, David Benioff, Daniel Brett Weiss
Producer Matthew Bellamy, Sebastien Najand
Chart position -

Information

A cinematic orchestral piece written by Bellamy for Game of Thrones. The song was released on April 26th, 2019.[1]

The song is based around a piano phrase, surrounded by a cinematic orchestra, choir, a piano and synth, similar to the one at the end of The Void, doubling the piano melody. The song climaxes with Matt singing a very high note.

Alongside Bellamy's English singing, Pray also includes a spoken word, parts of Melisandre's Jon Snow's Prayer (performed by actress Carice van Houten), written in High Valyrian, a fictional language from the Game of Thrones series, hence the song's longer title.

Additional Information

According to official credits, the song was co-composed by Game of Thrones TV Series creators Dan Weiss and David Benioff. The song was co-produced, mixed and mastered by Sebastian Najand, who previously produced an alternate reality version of Algorithm for Simulation Theory. Additionally, the song was engineered by Adam Hawkins, who did engineering and mixing on Simulation Theory aswell.

It was compared to The Void, and also the intro used on Resistance tour, "We Are The Universe".

The song was also compared to the works of Philip Glass and sounds similar to the theme songs of the TV shows Fringe and The Leftovers.

(The following sentence contains spoilers) As with all the songs on the For The Throne compilation album, having easter eggs/clues to the last season of Game of Thrones, the lyrics and the addition of the spoken word are likely referencing Daenerys’s death.

Live

For the Simulation Theory World Tour, the rehearsals of which took place just after Pray was finished in early 2019, Bellamy thought it would fit well in the setlist as an interlude to The Dark Side. It featured Matt on pre-recorded vocals with Dom and Chris playing big concert drums and Morgan on the piano. The rest was played as a tape.

A shortened version of it (the last verse, without the spoken word) made the live debut in the first show of the Simulation Theory Tour, in Houston. You can see more info here.

Lyrics

Intro (Spoken word in Valyrian): Zyhys oñoso jehikagon Aeksiot epi

Chorus: We will pray Pray with me We can bring her back Pray, remember me

Verse (Spoken word): Zyhys perzys stepagon Aeksio Oño jorepi, se morghultas lys qelitsos sikagon. Hen syndrorro, oños. Hen perzys, hen ñuqir, perzys. Hen syndrorro, oños. Hen ñuqir, perzys. Hen morghot, glaeson.

Chorus: We will pray Pray with, with me We can bring her back Pray, pray Pray with me

Outro (Spoken word): Hen ñuqir, perzys. Hen syndrorro, oños. Hen morghot, glaeson. Please.

Translated from Valyrian:

Intro: We ask the Lord to shine his light

Chorus: We will pray Pray with me We can bring her back Pray, remember me

Verse: We beg the Lord to share his fire, and light a candle that has gone out. From darkness, light. From ashes, fire. From death, life.

Chorus: We will pray Pray with, with me We can bring her back Pray, pray Pray with me

Outro: From ashes, fire. From death, life. Please.

References

  1. It was leaked a day earlier. Game of Thrones. (2019-04-09). Twitter / Game of Thrones: Rally the realm. Music is coming April 26.. Twitter. Retrieved 2019-04-09 from twitter.com.