Sanctify
Lyrics Years & Years

Written by: Olly Alexander, Thomas Hull

Produced by: Kid Harpoon

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When I pray
When I-
When I pray

In the night, you come to me
'Cause I'm the one who knows who you are
Ooh
Give me your confession, saying
Lately, life's been tearing you apart
Now

Walk through the fire with you
'Cause I know how it can hurt
Being cut in two and afraid

So don't break (break)
Sanctify my body with pain (pain)
Sanctify the love that you crave (crave)
Oh, and I won't, and I won't, and I won't be ashamed
Sanctify my sins when I pray
When I pray

You don't have to be straight with me
I see what's underneath your mask
I'm a man like you, I breathe
The rituals of the dancer's dance
Oh, oh

And there's fire in you
And you know it's gonna hurt
Being cut in two and afraid

So don't break (break)
Sanctify my body with pain (pain)
Sanctify the love that you crave (crave)
Oh, and I won't, and I won't, and I won't be ashamed
Sanctify my sins when I pray
When I pray

You'll find redemption when all this is through
Father, forgive me for finding the truth
Love takes its toll on me, I'm just like you
Maybe it's heavenly
Maybe it's heavenly

So don't break (break)
Sanctify my body with pain (pain)
Sanctify the love that you crave (crave)
Oh, and I won't, and I won't, and I won't be ashamed
Sanctify my sins when I pray

Sanctify my body with pain (sanctify, sanctify my sins)
Sanctify the love that you crave (sanctify)
Oh, and I won't, and I won't, and I won't be ashamed (sanctify)
Sanctify my sins when I pray
When I pray
When I pray

Song facts

"I've had a couple of, let's say, 'encounters' with guys who identify as straight but what has happened between us has been somewhat less than straight, so I wanted to write a song about that particular experience – so that's what inspired the song's lyrics." - Olly Alexander

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