The Prayer (Bloc Party song)

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"The Prayer"
Single by Bloc Party
from the album A Weekend in the City
Released 29 January 2007
Format CD, 7"
Recorded 2006
Genre Alternative rock, alternative dance, breakbeat hardcore
Length 3:44
Label Wichita
Producer(s) Jacknife Lee
Bloc Party singles chronology
"The Prayer"
"I Still Remember"
A Weekend in the City track listing
  1. "Song for Clay (Disappear Here)"
  2. "Hunting for Witches"
  3. "Waiting for the 7.18"
  4. "The Prayer"
  5. "Uniform"
  6. "On"
  7. "Where Is Home?"
  8. "Kreuzberg"
  9. "I Still Remember"
  10. "Sunday"
  11. "SRXT"

"The Prayer" is the first single from Bloc Party's second album A Weekend in the City, except in the U.S. where it is the second single as "I Still Remember" was the first song to be released in North America. It was released by Wichita Recordings on 29 January 2007 and is the band's highest charting single worldwide. The lyrics deal with drug use in nightclubs and party environments.

Frontman Kele Okereke says he was inspired to write the song after hearing Busta Rhymes' song "Touch It". He also described the song as having a "crunk-like" effect.[1]

A cover version of "The Prayer" by KT Tunstall is included in Radio 1's Live Lounge – Volume 2, and on her single "If Only".

The song was featured in the video game Project Gotham Racing 4 (also required for the Tonight Make Me Unstoppable achievement,which requires you to finish a race in second place with this song playing.),[2] While Does It Offend You, Yeah? remix was featured on Need for Speed: ProStreet. The song was also featured in the general trailer of the sixth season of Smallville in March–April 2007. The song was also featured in the soundtrack for the video game NHL 2K8.


The lyrics of the song deal with the use of club drugs such as MDMA and Ketamine in nightclubs and parties. The song deals with the effects of such drugs on the human body through the eyes of a user, who asks, "Is it so wrong, to want rewarding?/To want more than is given to you?".

Music video[edit]

A video for the song was released on 5 December 2006, and was directed by Walter Stern, also known for directing videos by Massive Attack, The Prodigy and most notably The Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony". In the video, all members of Bloc Party are at a nightclub (which, in reality, is Café 1001, Dray Walk, Truman Brewery, London).[3] It follows them throughout the night even though they do not appear to be doing much. Okereke is the only one who actually gets up and goes around. The other members just sit around while Okereke goes off on his own journey, whilst cigarette burn effects and other visual distortions appear.


Charts (2008) Peak
UK Singles Chart 4

Track listing[edit]

CD: Wichita / WEBB118SCD (UK)[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bloc Party. 

No. Title Length
1. "The Prayer"   3:46
2. "We Were Lovers"   4:14
3. "The Prayer (Phones Metal Jackin' Remix)"   5:03

7": Wichita / WEBB118S (UK)[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bloc Party. 

No. Title Length
1. "The Prayer"   3:46
2. "England"   4:15
  • in gatefold sleeve which houses second 7"

7": Wichita / WEBB118SX (UK)[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bloc Party. 

No. Title Length
1. "The Prayer"   3:46
2. "Version 2.0"   3:21

Remixes Promo CDM: V2 (UK)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Prayer (Break & Silent Witness Remix)"   5:42
2. "The Prayer (Phones Metal Jackin' Remix)"   5:03
3. "The Prayer (Para One Remix)"   6:04
4. "The Prayer (Does It Offend You, Yeah? Remix)"   4:17

Bonus download track[edit]

No. Title Length
5. "The Prayer (Hadouken! Remix)"   2:37


The b-sides for 'The Prayer' were England, Version 2.0, We Were Lovers and The Prayer (Phones Metal Jackin' Remix).


  1. ^ Rees, Owen. "A Comprehensive Guide To 'A WEEKEND IN THE CITY'". Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Bramwell, Tom (2007-09-14). "PGR4 soundtrack listing". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  3. ^ Baal, Iphgenia (27 December 2006). "Bloc Party - Behind the Scenes". Dazed & Confused. Retrieved 1 May 2008. 

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