Hozier: "Take Me To Church"

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    I just heard Hozier’s hit single “Take Me To Church” played on KBPS. I have also heard it on KSLC and numerous times on KNRK. The song is a protest against abuse of church members by church leadership. As Hozier is Irish, he most likely had the Catholic Church in mind when he wrote the lyrics.

    “Take Me To Church”

    My lover’s got humour
    She’s the giggle at a funeral
    Knows everybody’s disapproval
    I should’ve worshipped her sooner

    If the heavens ever did speak
    She’s the last true mouthpiece
    Every Sunday’s getting more bleak
    A fresh poison each week

    “We were born sick,” you heard them say it

    My church offers no absolutes
    She tells me, “Worship in the bedroom.”
    The only heaven I’ll be sent to
    Is when I’m alone with you

    I was born sick
    But I love it
    Command me to be well
    Aaay. Amen. Amen. Amen.

    [Chorus 2x:]
    Take me to church
    I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
    I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
    Offer me that deathless death
    Good God, let me give you my life

    If I’m a pagan of the good times
    My lover’s the sunlight
    To keep the Goddess on my side
    She demands a sacrifice

    Drain the whole sea
    Get something shiny
    Something meaty for the main course
    That’s a fine-looking high horse
    What you got in the stable?
    We’ve a lot of starving faithful

    That looks tasty
    That looks plenty
    This is hungry work

    [Chorus 2x:]
    Take me to church
    I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
    I’ll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife
    Offer me my deathless death
    Good God, let me give you my life

    No Masters or Kings
    When the Ritual begins
    There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin

    In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene
    Only then I am human
    Only then I am clean
    Ooh oh. Amen. Amen. Amen.

    [Chorus 2x:]
    Take me to church
    I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
    I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
    Offer me that deathless death
    Good God, let me give you my life


    I’ve heard this song, but never really paid attention to the lyrics.

    I’ll hear it differently now.


    Lyrically, “Take Me to Church” is a metaphor, with the protagonist comparing his lover to religion. The song grew out of Hozier’s frustration with the Catholic Church’s teachings. “Growing up, I always saw the hypocrisy of the Catholic church,” Hozier said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “The history speaks for itself and I grew incredibly frustrated and angry. I essentially just put that into my words.”


    Homophobes will get a kick out of the video.


    I didn’t pay attention either.

    Seconded. I like this tune when it is well performed.


    Nice to see you’ve finally heard a song that’s been out for nearly 2 years now. And your analysis of the song’s premise is way off.


    Got one to share?

    As for actually paying attention to pop, this happens all the time to people who just aren’t tuned into increasingly worthless media.

    Almost nobody I know uses radio anymore. Seriously. Present company excluded.

    The last 5 years have been brutal. Most stream, or use their phone.


    So I enabled streaming on the net at work. Totally enough bandwidth for it.

    Nobody cares what they stream.

    The radios are gone, phones and tablets dominate.

    18 to 30 is average age, 80 / 20 male to female.

    Production is all over the map, comedy, various genres, sometimes pandora, often youtube, talk, etc. Their tastes are great, and I hear stuff I’m not familiar with all the time.

    Edit: some detail. Production has a nice amp with all the right cords. Also a big screen we use for training. Sometimes they put stuff on it. Was Lewis Black last week. They get their stuff done.

    The machinist actually has vinyl, and he plays some great stuff.

    Many use phones, and inventory has a desktop computer on youtube 24 /7.

    Zero top anything.

    The R and D guy is stuck on an alt 80’s and 90’s pandora channel.

    Inventory does movies a lot.

    Very interesting times.

    People bring collections too.

    Accounting / office is amazon music, Pandora, Youtube.

    Nobody streams radio at all. I heart isn’t even on the radar, but things like last.fm are.

    In my home, I am the only one who uses radio, and my wife will when driving around, but that is due to it being easy. When she finally steps up to a better phone, she will use it.

    People are happy, they do the work, and they laugh a lot. Fine by me.


    I had never heard “Take Me To Church” until a few months ago when KNRK played it (and it played through an early 1960s vintage tube tuner that I was aligning). Truthfully, I have been going through periods where I stop paying attention to music altogether because it seems too escapist to me (it doesn’t effectively deliver enough intellectual “meat” to be satisfying to me). Then, somebody like Hozier comes along and proves me wrong.

    If I am wrong about this song being a protest against the authoritarian elements of organized religion, how can one explain a lyric like “I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies.”


    Seconded. Great Question.


    Song lyrics are highly interpretive.

    I don’t necessarily see Alfredo’s interpretation to be “way off”.

    As for not hearing a two year old song until just recently;




    Which is why I put what I did. Give people freedom to setup anything and listen while working, and that’s what they did.

    The diversity of it was kind of surprising, as was everybody getting along. There was a whole week of Johnny Cash a while back. Turns out a lot of younger people really like Johnny Cash. Who knew?

    Listening to movies was another one I found notable.

    And sometimes we think we know stuff? We don’t always know stuff.

    The idea that pop is pervasive is valid, because it still is. But there are also a lot of people tuned out, doing their own thing, whatever that is too.


    One aspect of this song that has mesmerized me is how popular it has become in places that one might consider deeply religious. I think that people in such places have embraced the song out of frustration with religious authority in their respective cultures, in the same way that Quebecois developed sacres, that is, religious words used as profanities. The French Canadian religious swears literally translate to “tabernacle,” “chalice,” “Calvary,” “host” (the communion cracker), etc.

    In the US, one of the first radio stations to break “Take Me To Church” was in Nashville, TN.

    Here is a list of some of the countries where “Take Me To Church” topped the charts:


    Some of these are countries that are considered fairly religious places, such as the United States, the Dominican Republic, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Poland, and Spain.

    Andy Brown

    The rest of his album has shown (me) he is more than just a one “hit” wonder.

    Good one, Amus.


    The first I heard this song was because they play it right after the anthem every home game at a college baseball park I frequent.

    It seems people can assign any meaning they want to a song these days whether it is shallow and oblivious like the baseball park or deep and angry like it was intended.

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