Hozier Explains The Anger Behind And The True Meaning Of “Take Me To Church”
Irish singer-songwriter Hozier explained the anger that drove him to write “Take Me To Church”, as well as the real meaning behind the hit song.
In 2013, Hozier exploded onto the global music scene with his first major single, “Take me To Church,” which was nominated for that year’s Grammys song of the year award.
The Bray-born musician explained the meaning of the song as well as his motivation to write politicized music during his appearance on the Netflix series This Is Pop.
Hozier appears in the seventh installment of the eight-part series, which investigates the history of pop music.
The episode Hozier took part in sees pop music as a form of protest, leading 31-year-olds to discuss the outrage behind his first hit as well as his songwriting process more generally.
He said, “It’s this staff thing that’s political. Everything that is experienced personally has a political dimension. If you find it difficult to pay the rent, the clothes you wear, the food you eat, they all have a very important political dimension to them.
“You can absolutely put the essence of the most important issues of the most important issues into a song. “
Hozier continued, “Why write about one thing instead of writing pop bangers? I just find it more interesting, if nothing else. It’s a fascinating world there. Not always a pretty world. In fact, a terribly brutal world at times.
He went on to say, “Writing songs and getting them out to the world is serious business. When you think of that song as a vehicle and what that vehicle can carry, a song can be a very, very important way to get the message out.
“For example, it can remind institutionalized power where the real power is, and that’s with the people. There is something about music that appeals to people. It sticks to their experience and follows them through the generations.
“I am fascinated by songs as a vehicle for telling stories, as a vehicle for immortalizing the human experience. And the shared experiences of people in this community.
Speaking specifically of ‘Take Me To Church’, Hozier continued, ” Take Me To Church ‘was first a series of lyrical ideas where I reflected a lot on the legacy of the institutional lies of the Roman Catholic Church at home. in Ireland . How he had treated people, the soft power he had wielded over people’s lives for so long.
“Here is this institution which had succeeded in infusing society with this matrix of thoughts and values, which was deeply hypocritical and incredibly damaging.”
He added, “To use the Church’s own words, they see homosexuality as something that is inherently messy. Something that is not natural. When you have an organization of that power that provides the kind of justification given by God to alienate, torture and persecute people of this sexual orientation …
“Back then, there were these horrible attacks taking place against members of the LGBTQ community in Russia. There had been an increase in attacks by predominantly neo-Nazi gangs against LGBTQ youth. They impersonated other LGBTQ youth in discussion forums and message boards to lure 14, 15 and 16 year olds to places they thought they would be safe and they attacked and filmed them these attacks and torture them on camera and post them on social media.
“That’s where ‘Take me to church’ comes from. It was discrimination against people in same-sex relationships and this song managed to cross borders and it seemed to resonate with people in a wide space.
“If you write songs and are honest with it and believe in what you write and are ready to live and die, your hope is that the more people hear it, the better.”
“Take Me To Church” was recently included in the streaming service Spotify’s exclusive Billion Club, joining a cohort of songs that have been played over a billion times on the platform across the globe.