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:
I would love to hear your opinion on the song!
|January 26, 2015 at 12:48|
I heard that it was about homosexuals and their relationship with the church…
|January 26, 2015 at 14:20|
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|
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|
^Same. I don’t think the song or video is shaming religion at all
|January 26, 2015 at 16:51|
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|
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.
|January 27, 2015 at 17:22|
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|
…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|
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)
|January 30, 2015 at 03:40|
Oh believe me, I sure was disturbed about the violence too. Really disturbed…
|January 30, 2015 at 17:27|
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