November 28, 2014 Jameela 0Comment
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This song is super popular on CBC Radio 2 Drive and The Peak 93.5. I actually hadn’t truly noticed it until someone brought it to my attention. Since that time, “Take Me To Church” has become a song I thoroughly enjoy listening to. The lyrics are poignant and the vocals are powerful.

“Take Me to Church” is essentially about sex, but it’s a tongue-in-cheek attack at organizations that would … well, it’s about sex and it’s about humanity, and obviously sex and humanity are incredibly tied.

Sexuality, and sexual orientation — regardless of orientation — is just natural. An act of sex is one of the most human things. But an organization like the church, say, through its doctrine, would undermine humanity by successfully teaching shame about sexual orientation — that it is sinful, or that it offends God.

The song is about asserting yourself and reclaiming your humanity through an act of love. Turning your back on the theoretical thing, something that’s not tangible, and choosing to worship or love something that is tangible and real — something that can be experienced.  – Hozier via NY MAG

Hozier “Take Me To Church Lyrics”

My lover’s got humour
She’s the giggle at a funeral
Knows everybody’s disapproval
I should’ve worshiped 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
Amen. 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
Amen. 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

Where is the original video?

I didn’t include the original video for a handful of reasons

  1. It is slightly disturbing
  2. My friend Jessica once mentioned that most depictions of “gay” people in mainstream media were white males. She never saw herself (a lesbian, asian woman -did I describe you correctly?-) represented in any medium. I don’t want to contribute to that under/overrepresentation.
  3. The original video is political statement. Specifically, “a statement against state oppression and homophobia in Russia”. I don’t think that this video truly represents the oppressed in Russia. I have to admit that I cannot claim to have full knowledge of the homophobic situation in the country. I do know, however, that homosexuals come in many forms other than young, good looking, and white. Anyhow, I also know that people usually create art based on what they know and that is that.
  4. I personally don’t see the link between the video and the lyrics.
  5. I straight up don’t like the video.