“Pray” is a song recorded by Canadian pop/R&B singer, songwriter and actor Justin Bieber, who also wrote the song. “Pray” is set in common time with a tempo of 80 beats per minute. It is composed in the key of B major with Bieber’s vocal range spanning from the low-note of F♯3 to the high-note of B4. The song follows in the chord progression of B/G♯–B/F♯–E–B. Present throughout the songs background is the use of violins and a choir, as well as guitar, string instruments, congas and a cajon. However it does make subtle use of synths and electronic sounds. Musically
and lyrically, it is influenced by contemporary christian music, and has a gospel feel, while including standard pop and R&B. The song opens with Bieber singing, “And I pray” over a keyboard, while the songs chorus repeats one simple refrain, “I close my eyes and I can see a better day/ I close my eyes and pray.” In the lyrics, Bieber
“recognizes the pain and suffering in the world” and then offers “a passive solution” through lines such as “Children are crying / soldiers are dying / Some people don’t have a home,” before compromising, “I know there’s sunshine beyond that rain / good times beyond that pain.” Vocally, Bieber’s vocals are sung in a lower key compared to previous singles.