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Song Review: 'Take Me to Church' by Hozier

Updated on August 10, 2018

This review will concentrate only in analyzing the lyrics in order to understand how Hozier, a writer and singer of the song, equates the church with his newfound church. What is his message in this song, and why does he want us Christians to agree with his point-of-view?

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

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 everyone is born sick. It is not restricted to Catholic but the Bible says we are born with sin into a sinful world thereby we're sinful by nature. This he terms as being sick (not wishing to name it for what it is, sin).

He states that his church offers no absolutes. It doesn't have what appear to be restrictions, do this or don't do this. In this case, the church he's currently attending doesn't tell him not to sin. In effect it's telling him, sin as much as you want; we aren't a restricting-kind of church. What does this church tells him to do? Worship her in the bedroom. Bedroom has been employed as a literally device to mean sex. Now, we know who his lover, his majesty, his lord is. It's sex.

Carmelite Church, Balluta
Carmelite Church, Balluta | Source

The ‘everybody’ who was disapproving of her is the church. The church doctrine says it's sin to engage in sex. It's not sin when sex is confined in marriage pillars. It's sin when it is practiced before and outside marriage. Even homosexuality is termed as sin in the Bible as depicted in the song's video. Why was the ancient Babylonian destroyed? Why was Sodom and Gomorra destroyed by fire? Why was the whole world during Noah's time destroyed by flood? It was because of immorality.

Hozier feels he's in the atmosphere of heaven hood when he is aroused sexually. The act itself makes him feel he is in heaven. Of course, a person feels he's in heaven when he engages in the activity. However, 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.


He admits he was born sick, he is a sinner. Nonetheless, he loves the fact he is sick. Actually, the Bible says people love darkness more than the light because it appears the light restricts a lot of things of which darkness doesn’t. When he is in the bedroom he feels whole again as he states her lover, sex, to command him to be well.

The chorus part of the song is sarcastic in nature. He pleads to be taken to church like a faithful dog so that he can be lied to as he has always been lied to. At the shrine, church, he'll tell his sins (sexual sin) and "you (the church) can sharpen your knife (the truth which is God's word)." He is mocking God because to him sex is his god. How can he give his life to God when he states, "Good God, let me give you my life” when the fact is that he is rejecting God's command not to engage in sex before marriage?

Hozier's “Take Me To Church” Secret Meaning

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 which is to sleep with a lady or a person of the same gender as his of which it doesn't matter who the object of sex is. He continues to utter there are no masters or kings, God or God's ministers, to witness the ritual of performing sex. He further says sex is a gentle sin, not harsher than other sins such as murder. It's only when he's in the presence of the sin does he feel whole again, a new creature as he states, "In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene, only then I am a human, only then I am clean."

Hozier advocates for premarital sex which is prohibited in the Bible. In essence it means even those who commit adultery have the right to do so considering he also advocates for homosexuality.

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— 5 not in lustful passion as the heathen do, in their ignorance of God and his ways.


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    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      16 months ago from Kenya

      Thank you Venkatachari

    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 

      16 months 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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