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Hozier – Take Me To Church lyrics

[Verse 1:]
My lover's got
She's the giggle at a
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
fresh poison each week
'We were born sick,' you
heard them say it
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
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
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
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
looks plenty
This is hungry work

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

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
Only then
I am clean
Amen. Amen. Amen

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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  • u
    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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  • u
    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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  • u
    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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  • u
    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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  • u
    Per the artist himself: "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.

    But it's not an attack on faith. Coming from Ireland, obviously, there's a bit of a cultural hangover from the influence of the church. You've got a lot of people walking around with a heavy weight in their hearts and a disappointment, and that shit carries from generation to generation. So the song is just about that — it's an assertion of self, reclaiming humanity back for something that is the most natural and worthwhile. Electing, in this case a female, to choose a love who is worth loving."

    So the song is about sex. It isn't DIRECTLY about homosexuality as much as about humanity in general and any act of sex being "natural and human" whether a homosexual act or not.
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