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[Verse 1:]
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 is 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 absolution
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

[Chorus x2:]
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

[Verse 2 x2:]
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
To 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:]
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

[Bridge:]
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

[Chorus:]
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



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    UnregisteredNov 7, 2013 at 6:57 am
    Alright. I looked up the real meaning and apparently I was apparently way off. The video -references the recent increase of [organized] attacks and torturing of homosexuals in Russia, which is subsequent to a long, hateful, and oppressive political campaign against the lgbt community. The song was always about humanity at its most natural, and how that is undermined ceaselessly by religious [organizations] and those who would have us believe they act in its interests. " ~ Andrew Hozier Byrne. To tie both idea together, however, there is a similarity in the ideas in that both illustrate being trapped within the confines of socially sanctioned lifestyles.
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    UnregisteredNov 7, 2013 at 6:43 am
    Sounds like a drug addiction. They say that a drug addiction is part physical and part ritual. A drug leaves the body within 3 days, the need for the ritual lasts much longer. This song being "Take Me to Church" seems very reminiscent of that; it is his religion. His lover is something shameful, something people shake their heads at. The "deathless death" reminds me of an addict aimlessly and emptily walking through life but not living it. His "lover is the sunlight." She starts and ends the day. He also depicts his lover as someone who takes everything from him, gives him gratification, but still leaves him full of desire, wanting more.
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    UnregisteredDec 9, 2013 at 9:39 pm
    The song should be taken in such a way that means the most to you. Yes, there is the literal meaning about humanity and the religious organisations, but it can be taken in so many ways. Whatever way you choose to take it is what means the most to you and will be what you take out of the song. There are so many possibilities, and which ever one you go with will be the strongest.
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    UnregisteredNov 14, 2014 at 1:15 am
    I'm dealing with the loss of my father and grieving. This song plays at the most opportunistic times. We had a challenging struggling childhood, which is what he too came from. And although mine may have been a struggle, we lived in a palace and live the 'high life on the high horse' compared to his. He did not live long enough to see his little girl princess turn into the queen of his castle and establishment he has built from dirt and rubble. Although every time I feel down and cross paths with those who have wronged either of us in the past, this song plays and it somehow inspires and empowers me. For I have always believed that one does not have to go to church to be religious or faithful. With the sins of those humans running the churches and causing most of us to run from them, we should not run from our faith. Rather, we should embrace our faith no matter what religion or beliefs we have, and make our own homes, bodies and lives our own churches and temples and respect and live by whatever God you believe in. I do not find a hidden sexual meaning in the song, but that is part of the art. It is up to the interpreter of the listener. I just hope the majority interpret what the writers wished portrayed!
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    UnregisteredNov 11, 2014 at 9:33 pm
    I like the sound of the song and don't care what it's writer thinks it's message is supposed to be any more than I care that Freddy Mercury may have had a Muslim meaning to one or more of Queen's songs or The Men at Work song was about the plight of the Aborigines in Australia. Make music to entertain us.

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