Take Me to Church is a song made popular by Hozier, an indie rock singer. This is one of the most artistic pieces of music I have heard in a long time. It is a beautifully dark and the music video compliments it very well. The song brings to light how religion has shaped our belief system to the point that people feel like they are not “normal” if they do not fall in line to the expectations. The music video depicts a homosexual couple who have to hide their relationship due to the religious beliefs of their community. However, they are suspected of being together and one is murdered by a group of masked men at the end of the video. This video does show an extreme depiction of how homophobia can be a detrimental belief, yet I feel that it was shown in a very realistic way.
I’m surprised that I have not heard this song before because it truly is great lyrically and vocally. There is a powerful presence to it and a sense of strong preaching that is not heard in a lot of today’s music. It truly is a great piece of music. Really analyze the lyrics along with the video when you listen to this to absorb the songs full effect.
Notable lyrics: “Every Sunday’s getting more bleak, A fresh poison each week, ‘We were born sick’, you heard them say it”
This line references to how religion has taught us that we are sinful and we need to consistently worship in order to become more pure people. From the Sunday worship reference we can infer that Hozier is discussing the Christian religion as this is the common day for Church. This song has a lot of allegorical references and allusions in the lyrics, which bring more of an understanding to songs title and video.