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Take Me To Church by Hozier

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polkadotfireant

polkadotfireant

You might of heard the song “Take Me To Church” by a group called Hozier. (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MYSVMgRr6pw) It’s very catchy, but recently I learned the lyrics. Here they are:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/hozier/takemetochurch.html
Seems like a pagan song that is shaming religion as silly and false, right? Here’s another link to back my point:
http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=32921
He claims he’s not shaming religion, but it sure seems like it.

I would love to hear your opinion on the song!

January 26, 2015 at 12:48
ladysonic

ladysonic

I heard that it was about homosexuals and their relationship with the church…

January 26, 2015 at 14:20
rainbowuni

rainbowuni

Well, the music video is indeed about homosexuals (though the song itself isn’t about homosexuals necessarily, more love and human sexuality in general).

Here’s the wikipedia article about the song, which talks about interpretations and the music video…. (I think it basically says the same thing the third link says) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Take_Me_to_Church_(Hozier_song)

Hozier says himself that it’s not meant to be an attack on faith. It’s attacking the church’s doctrine that shames sexuality/sexual orientation as though it were sinful and not something that’s completely natural; it’s not attacking the church itself.

My interpretation of the song, when matched with the music video, is of two guys hiding their relationship and going to church and going along with the church’s teachings in order to stay safe (alive) from the homophobic society they live in. The box in the video represents the truth–he tries to hide it and bury it, but they still find it and burn it (and supposedly him, too).

January 26, 2015 at 15:32
chloe523

chloe523

Well like you said, Hozier says that the song is not meant to be an attack on faith or religion, just those churches who are judgmental and rude. In the video, you can think of the gay couple just as themselves, and the guys who attack them as the church. Basically, Hozier is saying that many churches can be extremely harmful because of their hatred or intolerance for homosexuality. The song itself isn’t specifically on homosexuality, but you can kind of fill in the blank for other things that the church is very unaccepting of. I don’t think that Hozier is claiming religion to be silly or false. He’s just saying that the church, or at least the church he knows, can be really harmful when it comes to this issue. The song doesn’t really bother me. Plus, as far as I’m concerned, I’m not religious. What I have is a personal relationship with God that really has nothing to do with religion.

January 26, 2015 at 16:44
Broken Vessel

Broken Vessel

^Same. I don’t think the song or video is shaming religion at all

January 26, 2015 at 16:51
polkadotfireant

polkadotfireant

Mainly the reason I don’t like this song is the line “I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies.” Personally I interpret that as an attack on God himself, calling him a lie or just a made-up historical figure. But yes, I know the song is mainly about sexuality. I didn’t watch the music video before posting this, however, so I thought it was about him and a girl.

January 26, 2015 at 16:59
marysetrueblood

marysetrueblood

That’s not what the line means to me. It mostly, to me, means giving extreme faith/trust where it doesn’t belong, to someone who didn’t deserve it and had their own devices. In the political context Hozier uses, it would be regimes that attack gay people.
In a personal sense, it would be flinging yourself, heart and soul to the feet of someone who was using you and telling you Grand things that weren’t true. It’s a metaphor / Allusion, to use literary terms.
But that might be me, ever wearing Literary Goggles

January 27, 2015 at 17:22
kellybarta14

kellybarta14

This song is just…. I would say a true element of America’s corruption (don’t get me started on that!). I think it is awful enough that he is worshipping a human, but the fact that it’s with another GUY makes it even worse if you ask me. And the music video is just disturbing.

January 29, 2015 at 17:28
Broken Vessel

Broken Vessel

…The song is about a girl. He’s not actually worshipping her, it’s a metaphor. The only thing that’s disturbing about the video is the fact that a guy was beaten and burned for who he chooses to date. What’s even more disturbing is that was based off of actual events that still happen today- committed by ”Christians” who think they’re doing God a favor by killing LGBT people -__-

January 29, 2015 at 20:17
marysetrueblood

marysetrueblood

THANK YOU Broken Vessel. In my opinion, the song is about human issues, but using Biblical Allusion (referring to biblical imagery and stories to draw up an image. Shakespeare did it all the time, google it)
And yeah, the song was largely about putting your faith in people so completely it’s almost like it consumes you and becomes your religion; but they were using and misleading you and hurting you, even though you loved them so purely.
But the video, BV is wright again, is about people who put their faith in a government, culture, church official, etc who think that killing someone for their sexuality is okay, or being that gay person who is killed by someone you knew and trusted.
That you’re more disturbed, kelly, by the gay men kissing, than by the violence they face makes me really, really sad.

January 30, 2015 at 03:40
kellybarta14

kellybarta14

Oh believe me, I sure was disturbed about the violence too. Really disturbed…

January 30, 2015 at 17:27
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