Song analysis- Thought and Prayers by Grandson

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By Alvin Birmingham-Monroe

The song Thoughts and Prayers is an indie/alternative song. It was released in 2018 by Grandson, a Canadian-American musician. Thoughts and Prayers is a song about controversies that are always spoken about. The song speaks a lot about political views, beliefs and the government. A lot of the artist’s political views are embedded in most of his songs.
The first verse starts with the lyrics “Smile for the camera, Another politician bought, I swear I heard another shot,” which alludes to the corruption of politicians. It speaks about the times where politicians were bought into silence by murderers gang and all around criminals. The next couple of lyrics “Cash another payment, bled all on the canvas, there’s murder on the campus,” these couple of lyrics continue with the corrupt politicians and how they might ignore the school shootings and mass murders of people. The next line goes “Another press conference, nothing gets accomplished”, speaking against politicians only holding press conferences to speak about an issue instead of actually doing much to stop it. “The shooter’s an accomplice, Money is the motive”, speaking about how the shooter is only really helping in a crime when the real murderer is the ones not doing anything about this. After it goes “Money is the motive, The wars in the street, Watch history repeat” expressing that the government not trying to stop this is because of the money and that the violence in the streets is history repeating with the countries political views splitting us.
The song then goes into the chorus stating “No thoughts, no prayers” in an act to denounce the common phrase of people sending their thoughts and prayers to the victim.  “Can bring back what’s no longer there”, continuing on the denouncing of the phrase by showing that just because you pray for someone it doesn’t bring them back. Next, it states “The silent are damned” knocking those that don’t say anything about these issues. Grandson then sings “The body count is on your hands” using it to charge the politicians that gain money from groups like the NRA that are considered accomplices to these crimes.
The next verse starts off with “The lobby for the violence, It’s a governmental shakedown, Welcome to my breakdown”; the first part is in reference to the NRA and how they pay politicians to not do anything about the gun violence. The two lines after are in reference to either the search and seizure of citizens in public or the sort of trial case the government is put on in the public eye. “Bulletproof backpacks, They want to arm the teachers, I think I saw the reaper,” hinting to the school shootings, the proposed solution of arming teachers and alluding to it not helping the actual issue. Then it states “Fear’s good for profit” implying that the NRA and politicians are using fear as a way to get more money. He most likely is playing on a belief that the fear of your family being threatened means more people buying guns. “Deregulate the casket, They’re lyin’ to the masses,” in this line grandson compares gun control to Deregulating caskets, explicating that with the current gun control will lead to more death and more access to caskets. “How much will it take, ‘Til you get buried in the coffin that you make? Heaven’s sake,” here he firsts in a way ask the politicians how much money will it take before their time. Next, he put a turn on the phrase “You Made Your Bed, Now Lie in It” by equating the bed to a casket.
He then starts off the bridge with “Turn off all the lights nobody make a sound” noting the protocol in school lockdowns. “Ashes to ashes, we all fall down” here he references the nursery rhyme “Ring around the Rosie” which in the ending has all the kids fall down showing the death of many.  “Are we out of time? Can we turn this all around? Are we out of time? Will we all fall?” Here he states questions and concerns that parents and might have in these situations.
In the outro, he alternates the lines “The body count is on your hands, No thoughts, No prayers,” to further push his messages. Also in the video of this song he shows a map that as the song continues turns a dark shade of red and fills with xs. When compared to a map of school and mass shootings a lot of the places corresponded with the map.
In conclusion, the song Thoughts and Prayers spoke a lot about the corruption of politicians, the true criminals in a mass shooting, and the fear from parents and students alike that have to face these situations.