I Still Pray is the 4th song to appear here from Kasey Chambers and the 3rd from her 2002 album Barricades & Brickwalls. This is a powerful religious ballad which closes the album and departs from the rest of this album’s themes and music-style. I always liked Christian music, but this country-music angle (akin to Johnny Cash worship songs) is distinct from the style I normally listen to. I find I Still Pray a very penetrative song and so touching.
I still cry for Baby Jesus
I still pray when I’m alone
And when I’m lost he’ll come to find me
Because he died to save my soul
When I can’t walk he’s there to carry
When I speak he hears my words
When I wake and I have nothing
He sends me Gold, Francencence and Mer
In the version below Kasey sings the song with Paul Kelly. He is somewhat of a legend in the realm of Australian Music – Folklore. He wrote a song called Leaps and Bounds which will feature here later. That nostalgic song is about the impact Australian football and the famous Melbourne stadium – MCG had on his formative years. This more than 30-year-old song-video was filmed on one of the tallest buildings in Melbourne and has magnificent panoramic shots of Melbourne’s central district.
Kasey said in the interview below: ‘Getting to have Paul Kelly sing on ‘I Still Pray’ is still one of the absolute highlights of my life. I’m still his biggest fan and still so grateful every time I get to work with Paul. But particularly that song, it was a song that I had written and meant a lot to me, and then getting to hear Paul sing with me on it was just one of my favourite moments of my whole career‘.
1. Kasey Chambers reflects on the enormous Barricades & Brickwalls, 20 years on – ABC Double J
She is one of the few country artists that I actually like.
Hey Max. Kasey kicked ass in the early 2000s. Her music made a great impact.