"Prayer" as written by and James Newton Howard....
Another dream that will never come true
Just to compliment your sorrow
Another life that I've taken from you
A gift to add on to your pain and suffering
Another truth you can never believe
Has crippled you completely
All the cries you're beginning to hear
Trapped in your mind, and the sound is deafening

Let me enlighten you
This is the way I pray

Living just isn't hard enough
Burn me alive, inside
Living my life's not hard enough
Take everything away

Another nightmare about to come true
Will manifest tomorrow
Another love that I've taken from you
Lost in time, on the edge of suffering
Another taste of the evil I breed
Will level you completely
Bring to life everything that you fear
Live in the dark, and the world is threatening

Let me enlighten you
This is the way i pray

Living just isn't hard enough
Burn me alive, inside
Living my life's not hard enough
Take everything away

Return to me
Leave me no one
Turn to me
Return to me
Cast aside

You've made me turn away

Living just isn't hard enough
Burn me alive, inside
Living my life's not hard enough
Take everything away


Lyrics submitted by Rowen

"Prayer" as written by David Draiman Dan Donegan

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +4
    General CommentAnd before anyone says it........ this song is NOT about drugs.

    David explains that this is a conversation between himself and God.
    Rowenon June 02, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentAccording to the Lead Singer/Songwriter, the song is actually about a conversation between himself and God. He wrote it during a time in his life when he was dealing with his grandfather's death if I remember correctly.

    To me personally, when I hear the song I think about everything I've lost and the song almost becomes sarcastic. It's still a "conversation with God" but when I'm singing along with it it takes on a sort of mocking, bitter quality in my mind. It's like I'm saying "Yea, I've taken everything you've thrown at me and I'm STILL standing. Come on, life's not *hard enough* you bastard! Take Everything!"

    I've actually stopped singing along to this song for the most part. It's among my favorite songs of all time, but I'm not sure it's the message I'd like to send along just in case there *is* a god out there, lol.
    ZetaOmegaon March 25, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Commentyeah man.......this is sung at ozzfest and this is what david said before this............

    'so i thought of giving u a little gift.a little present for the ppl of this city.how would u like to hear some new disturbed.........well u gotta have some enthusiasm there......let me fuckin' hear u! this is a conversation between me and God.it is called Prayer!'

    and then the song began.....i think the inaugral speech before the song explains it all....whatever.......its a freakin' good song.......i am in luv with disturbed
    undisturbedon June 03, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwhat i read on LAUNCH is that prayer is about a conversation between david and god in lue of his grandfathers death and 9/11 and september 20th I BELIEVE
    metallicatson July 09, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think he's trying to tell "god" that he won't be tricked by him anymore and he's found a new path to go by and has helped other people see the truth behind this "god" as well.
    SilentAenimaon August 06, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree SilentAenima, I also think the song is about him not trusting "God" and finding a new path, you can kinda tell from, the lyric "You made me turn away"
    UnForGivenon August 06, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI donno about the actual song, but Dave said that the video is like the story of Job. If I remember right, it's a story about a guy who believes in god a lot, and he keeps going through all these tests, losing everything.
    xROCKSTARxon August 25, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song really describes how i feel about God in general. Religion in general pisses me off more than anything. Fuck God.
    DISTURBEDMETALLICAon March 08, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about the way each of us somunicates with god.....some people go to church, so get on their knees and pray......but when i comunicate to god i do it trough mucsic......'This is the way I pray!' and when I first heard this songI loved it because it expresses what I've been trying to say for the longest time....THIS IS THE WAY I PRAY!!!!!! Got a problem with that???????
    Shit, this song just means so much too me.....

    I love disturbed
    adema69on August 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnother dream that will never come true
    Just to compliment your sorrow
    Another life that I've taken from you
    A gift to add on to your pain and suffering
    Another truth you can never believe
    Has crippled you completely
    All the cries you're beginning to hear
    Trapped in your mind, and the sound is deafening

    This part is supposed to be God talking to David. Its either supposed to be God laughing at David telling him basically that everything he does has no meaning and never will. It could also be David singing Irony.

    Let me enlighten you
    This is the way I pray

    (Chorus)
    Living just isn't hard enough
    Burn me alive, inside
    Living my life’s not hard enough
    Take everything away

    This is Davids response to God: Basically David is saying hey, living still is not hard enough...so burn me alive inside, and take everything away but eventually I will prevail. Basically another way to put this is David is saying to God: THROW all you got at me cause I will continue on anyways.

    Another nightmare about to come true
    Will manifest tomorrow
    Another love that I've taken from you
    Lost in time, on the edge of suffering
    Another taste of the evil i breed
    Will level you completely
    Bring to life everything that you fear
    Live in the dark, and the world is threatening

    This could be tooken as God showing David what its going to be like if he denies God. God is saying well, I will take away your love, make you suffer, and will level you completly...basically lay David to nothing...is the intention I get by it saying level.

    Let me enlighten you
    This is the way I pray

    This basically goes back to David saying it dont matter, this is the way im going to continue to do things rather you like it or not.

    Return to me
    Return to me
    Return to me
    Turn to me
    Leave me no one
    Turn to me
    Return to me
    Return to me
    Turn to me
    cast aside

    Return to me
    Return to me
    Return to me
    Turn to me
    Leave me no one
    Turn to me
    Return to me
    Return to me
    You've made me turn away


    The first part where it says return to me is more then likely supposed to be God being upset and trying to tell David to return to him and believe. When it switches to TURN to me..then it is David saying you already did what you did, and before David returns to God, God has to turn to David and help him out as well...kind of like a ballance.
    Seproughon December 13, 2008   Link

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