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Review of Song Lyrics: 'Take Me to Church' by Hozier

Updated on May 25, 2020

The song, Take Me to Church received a warm reception among listeners and favourable review from song critiques. It has been sung by various artists and individuals signifying its well-received reception.

However, the song appears innocent and devoid of any sinister meaning when listened without taking time to analyze the lyrics as one would when studying the Bible.

What is the intention of Hozier in recording this song? Should we take it in good faith? Let's find out.

Hozier starts the song by declaring everybody disapproves of her lover. He too confesses that he used to disapprove her but now he knows better. He shouldn't have disapproved her because he wishes he should have acknowledged her sooner, that is, worship her.

He continues on that if heavens ever did speak her lover would be the last true mouth piece. When the term heaven speaks is used it signifies God is speaking. Hozier is declaring just as God is always just and truthful so is his lover. She is knowledgeable meaning she is all-knowing thereby equating her at the same level with God. Thereby, whatever her lover says, he will abide because he trusts her. Who is this lover?

Hozier - Take Me To Church Lyric Video

Hozier starts the song by declaring everybody disapproves of her lover. He confesses he used to criticize her like the rest of the people who frowned on her. He asserts that he shouldn’t have condemned her instead he should have acknowledged (worshipped) her sooner.

He continues on that if heavens ever did speak, her lover would be the last true mouth piece. The term ‘heaven’ symbolizes God because it is His dwelling place. Hozier is declaring his lover is just and truthful as God who possesses those attributes. He pronounces her lover as knowledgeable meaning she is all-knowing thereby equating her at the same level with God. Thereby, whatever her lover says, he will abide because he trusts her. Who is this lover he is speaking about whom he likens to God?

Every Sunday has become bleak because of the continuous poison that is injected in the minds of the faithful. The reason for him uttering this is because of the church's doctrine that states everyone is born ‘sick.’ The notion everyone is born ‘sick’ is not restricted to the Catholic Church. The Bible proclaims that all humans are sinful by nature since we’re born into a sinful world. This he terms as sickness - not wanting to name it for what it is, sin.

He states his church offers no absolutes. He is not restricted by his church what he should or should not do because it’s unadulterated. The church is admonishing him to sin as much as he wants.

What does this church tell him to do? Worship her in the bedroom. Bedroom symbolizes a place where people engage in sexual intercourse. At this point we know who his lover, his majesty or his lord is – sex.

The ‘everybody’ who was condemning her is the church. The church’s doctrine maintains that it is sin to commit adultery or pre-marital sex. This is explicitly condemned or discouraged in the Bible. The artist is of the opinion that homosexuality is permissible even though it is apparent the Bible condemns every form of immorality including homosexuality.

Hozier feels he's in heaven when he is sexually aroused. It isn’t an exaggeration the act of engaging in sex is pleasurable. He further states that to him the only heaven he will feel he belongs to, he'll be sent to, is when he is alone with sex. The object of the sex doesn't matter as long as he satisfies his sexual feelings.

To keep his goddess by his side, the satisfaction he feels when he engages in the activity, he has to do something. The goddess demands a sacrifice. For a person to engage in sex, he/she has to sleep with another person which is the sacrifice he is referring to. He stresses there are no masters or kings - God or God's ministers - to witness the ritual (performing sex). He says sex is a gentle sin, not harsher than other sins such as murder. He states that he feels whole when engaging in the sin. He says, "In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene, only then I am a human, only then I am clean."

He has in more than one occasion contradicted the teachings of the Bible. The Bible is clear there is neither small nor big sin. Sin is what it is, sin. In the eyes of God, there is neither gentle nor harsh sin.

Hozier advocates that it’s not evil to engage in immorality (homosexuality). The reason he left the 'true' church and embraced a ‘false’ church was because the doctrine of the true church prohibits any engagement in adultery, premarital sex, prostitution or homosexuality.

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Further Reading

The following are Bible verses which warn Christians of engaging in immorality which is advocated by Hozier in his song. Some of the Bible verses which warn us against immorality are:

2 Corinthians 12:21

Yes, I am afraid that when I come God will humble me before you and I will be sad and mourn because many of you have sinned before and don’t even care about the wicked, impure things you have done: your lust and immorality, and the taking of other men’s wives.

Ephesians 5:3

Let there be no sex sin, impurity or greed among you. Let no one be able to accuse you of any such things.

Hebrews 13:4

Honor your marriage and its vows, and be pure; for God will surely punish all those who are immoral or commit adultery.

1 Corinthians 6:18

That is why I say to run from sex sin. No other sin affects the body as this one does. When you sin this sin it is against your own body.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

For God wants you to be holy and pure and to keep clear of all sexual sin so that each of you will marry in holiness and honor - not in lustful passion as the heathen do, in their ignorance of God and his ways.

© 2017 Alianess Benny Njuguna


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    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      3 years ago from Kenya

      Thank you Venkatachari

    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      A very disturbing take on the sexual sin and God. I may not agree with the poet in his opinions regarding sex.

      Your review is very interesting and it elaborately explains the true essence of the poetry.


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