I Know You Pray To God

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The opener, “I Know You Pray To God,” is indie folk meditation on faith and family, or maybe the lack thereof, and though it’s hardly religious it’s got a heckuva hook repeating throughout like the responsorial psalms at a Sunday service. It’s Inna Powell as preacher, with a vocal performance clear and captivating, delivered like a sermon. Then the full band arrives with the chorus, triumphantly, and you throw yer hands in the air, join the congregation.

- Written by Ryan Gaio

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I Know You Pray To God

I heard you speak when you thought I was asleep.
Giving your thanks like as if you said,
I’ve got my friends, but they’re no one you know,
and family, but none that know me well.

tell me again whom you are a child to
name me a friend someone you can’t lose
show me the right stranger on the street
and when you speak know that I’ve got mine

I know you pray to God
But I know a better father
I know you pray to God
But I know a better mother
I know you pray to God
But I know a better sister
I know you pray to God
But I know a better brother

She cut your hair when you were a child
The way you like a little off the side
Drove you to school and tucked you in at night
Kept on the light to make sure you were fine

Bare feet and loose clothes that she would clean
And wiped your tears when the other kids were mean
and we will walk like young men and women
Someone might die but it won’t be me

I know you pray to God
But I know a better father
I know you pray to God
But I know a better mother
I know you pray to God
But I know a better sister
I know you pray to God
But I know a better brother

Into the night that’s always there for me
the dirt and loose earth slips off my feet
I fell asleep somewhere
but don’t look for me, you will not find me there

I know you pray to God
But I know a better father
I know you pray to God
But I know a better mother
I know you pray to God
But I know a better sister
I know you pray to God
But I know a better brother

credits

from The Vanishing Act, released June 10, 2016
Written, engineered, and produced by Inna Powell
Mastered by George Graves at Lacquer Channel Mastering

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Inna Powell Toronto, Ontario

Inna Powell is a Toronto-based indie rock/alt-folk artist whose intense and engrossing performances contrast their anxious and soft-spoken offstage persona. While the songwriting is grounded in traditional folk arrangements, Powell fuses diverse influences-ranging from spoken word and bluegrass to hip-hop and emo–to present a unique musical soundtrack that varies from one composition to the next. ... more

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