Blast from the Past: Song Lyric Sunday ~ Hozier

March 2020

This post was first posted in March 2016

March 2016

While doing “Love Is In Da Blog” I suggested to take part in Helen’s Song Lyric Sunday. And wow have we done. I have been introduced to a few wonderful songs, and I decided this is a good blog event to keep doing.

Last year a young Irish singer/songwriter caught my ear with his “Take me to Church”. His name is Hozier and even though I didn’t really listen to the lyrics, at first, his voice and his way of making music fascinated me. It’s not mainstream. It’s different, and it’s unique. There was only one line that stuck out to me: “I’ll tell you my sins, and you can sharpen your knife…”

I do not know what it was that spoke to me about that line. Maybe it is my discomfort with conservative Christians who know exactly what is right and what is wrong, and they never fail to tell you about it. And they never fail to judge you and your behaviour on that scale and “sharpen their knives” so to speak. They also never fail to hide their own sins.

Life for me isn’t black or white. There is an awful lot of grey and we do not know what makes a person act in a certain way. Usually, there is a reason for it. People are not just sinners. They experience hardship, unfairness and trauma and they have to deal with it with what they have available.

It puzzles me that some Christians act in that way because the person whom they supposedly follow never saw life in black or white. He was a very understanding person and seemed to know about trauma, hardship and unfairness and what it does to people. He accepted the prostitutes blessing and ate at the taxman’s table. He just broke rules given to the people of his time because he saw the person and his or her pain and not what society forced people to see.

The song “Take me to Church” also is about today’s taboo’s and even if the video does not exactly have anything to do the lyrics, in my opinion, it speaks of the still established taboo of gay love and those who feel they have to fight it and harm or kill gay people. And so often they are conservative Christians who plainly forget that Jesus asked them to love their neighbour as themselves. No matter if he or she is gay, black, HIV-positive (I admit that wasn’t possible in Jesus’s time) an immigrant or not. Unfortunately, I can’t insert that video here in the post.

But again I do not know why these Christians act in that way. It might be their way of dealing with their own hardships, traumas and unfairnesses. Who knows? I won’t be the first to throw the stone because I do not know why they act in that way. I just express my discomfort with that sort of behaviour.

But enough said. Here is the song and the Lyrics: “Take me to Church” by Hozier and Lyrics taken from A-Z Lyrics

“Take Me To Church”

My lover’s got humour
She’s the giggle at a funeral
Knows everybody’s disapproval
I should’ve worshipped her sooner

If the heavens ever did speak
She’s the last true mouthpiece
Every Sunday’s getting more bleak
A fresh poison each week

“We were born sick,” you heard them say it

My church offers no absolutes
She tells me, “Worship in the bedroom.”
The only heaven I’ll be sent to
Is when I’m alone with you

I was born sick
But I love it
Command me to be well
Aaay. Amen. Amen. Amen.

[Chorus 2x:]
Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

If I’m a pagan of the good times
My lover’s the sunlight
To keep the Goddess on my side
She demands a sacrifice

Drain the whole sea
Get something shiny
Something meaty for the main course
That’s a fine-looking high horse
What you got in the stable?
We’ve a lot of starving faithful

That looks tasty
That looks plenty
This is hungry work

[Chorus 2x:]
Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife
Offer me my deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

No Masters or Kings
When the Ritual begins
There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin

In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene
Only then I am human
Only then I am clean
Ooh oh. Amen. Amen. Amen.

[Chorus 2x:]
Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

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This post is part of Helen’s “Song Lyric Sunday” over at “This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time” now Helen’s Words of Life.

And here is what Helen gave us as suggestions to take part:

  • Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  • I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

2 thoughts on “Blast from the Past: Song Lyric Sunday ~ Hozier

  1. I've heard this song many times, but I've never bothered to look up the lyrics, and I honestly don't know why because I agree with you – I think the song is amazing. I had no idea it made such a beautifully, strong statement.I also agree with you that religion speaks to many things, but followers spend more time in judgment rather than loving and accepting their fellow human beings. Such a great choice, Bee!And thanks so much for continuing to participate and for thinking of me in your blog hop! 🙂

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