Originally I was introduced to Hozier when he performed on Saturday Night Live earlier this month. I couldn’t get the song “Take Me To Church” out of my head after I heard it live. Its unique sound and intriguing lyrics inspired me to look into the meaning behind the song.
The music video for the song follows the love story of two men, plagued by a mob of men trying to destroy the couple’s love through gay-bashing.
In a recent interview with Radio.com, Hozier explained that the song was meant to educate people on LGBTQ rights and inspire them to be activists:
At first it didn’t come from a place where I wanted to be part of [a movement]. I don’t have a history of being an activist. Certainly, I was signing petitions as such — allout.org, it’s true then that I signed that and found out about what was going on in Russia, and I was following the story. I think spreading awareness was a big part of it. With stuff like this, a big concern is that in cultures like this scapegoating and hatred find their way across borders. It does. It has done in the past and will do again. So I suppose it was meant to remind people that this could happen anywhere.
Hozier also explained more about the song to NYMag’s “The Cut”, back in March:
“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.”
Check out the song and music video below!:
(Note: The music video contains some violence.)