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Hozier – Take Me to Church Lyrics 2 years ago
@[CorpsmanAcoustic:454]
I'm with you up until Sex Addiction. That's a wrong turn.
Hozier advocates worshipping love, as expressed through sexual intercourse with a lover. His interviews confirm his opinion that loving sex makes us human and clean, and it's a hateful lie to call sex a shameful sin.

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Hozier – Take Me to Church Lyrics 2 years ago
@[CrohniKitty:452]
I think you're on target for one of the clearly intended multiple meanings of this song - it's about worshipping his lover via sex. e.g. "Give me that deathless death and I'll give you my life" translates to 'give me orgasms and I'll devote my life to you.' Also, I think the end of verse two conjures anticipation of oral sex ... 'That looks tasty. That looks meaty. This is hungry work.' And verse three is overtly about sex.

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Hozier – Take Me to Church Lyrics 2 years ago
@[palmela100:451] as honeydew's link to songfacts notes,
Hozier explained the song's meaning to The Cut: "Sexuality, and sexual orientation - regardless of orientation - is just natural," he said. "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."
I think Hozier is right. ;-)

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Hozier – Take Me to Church Lyrics 2 years ago
@[palmela100:450]
I (David52665) came to my interpretation of this song before seeing the official video. My preferred video is a year-old live performance http://youtu.be/zYO6d9t-WJ4
You should also watch a recent interview by Hozier where he talks about the song:
http://youtu.be/zKzwZnyvLcE

I would say that you are bringing your own "personal stuff" into your interpretation, and that's closing you off to much of what Daniel has to say.

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Evanescence – Lithium Lyrics 2 years ago
I mostly agree with you but don't need the dismissive attitude.

I think the song is about the protagonist's relationship with Li. There's lots of ambivalence in this relationship because the highs and lows of untreated bipolar disorder do have their appeal. Such as having "the will to fly" and also the familiar "darkness" where "I know myself."

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Hozier – Take Me to Church Lyrics 2 years ago
Excited utterance: We've pieced together an interpretation of most of the second verse!

Melissa pointed out that the sacrifice demanded is to come out of the closet. What a powerful way Hozier has done that with this song and video! With incredible depth and contextual insight.

Procrastin8 recognized that the 'high horse' is the RCC's overinflated moral superiority, and 'what you got in the stable?' asks about all the very ugly skeletons the RCC is hiding in ITS closet.

My light bulb moment: Hozier is suggesting the RCC's high horse is what should really be sacrificed! ('Something meaty for the main course.') i.e. it's the RCC that needs to change and repent with a huge sacrifice, not individual LGBT folks. I love the subtle yet compelling subversiveness. Think of all the 'starving faithful' such a huge sacrifice could feed.

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Hozier – Take Me to Church Lyrics 2 years ago
Excited utterance: We've pieced together an interpretation of most of the second verse!

Melissa pointed out that the sacrifice demanded is to come out of the closet. What a powerful way Hozier has done that with this song and video! With incredible depth and contextual insight in these verses.

Prodrastin8 recognized that the 'high horse' is the RCC's overinflated moral superiority, and 'what you got in the stable?' asks about all the very ugly skeletons the RCC is hiding in ITS closet.

My light bulb moment: Hozier is suggesting the RCC's high horse is what should really be sacrificed! ('Something meaty for the main course.') i.e. it's the RCC that needs to change and repent with a huge sacrifice, not individual LGBT folks. I love the subtle yet compelling subversiveness. Think of all the 'starving faithful' such a huge sacrifice could feed.

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Hozier – Take Me to Church Lyrics 2 years ago
Melissa
You're right on about "She demands a sacrifice" meaning he has to come out of the closet. I missed that.

I think one of the replies to my post got the high horse and stable lines right - the RCC likes to pretend it's on a high horse when in fact it has lots of skeletons in its closet/stable.
David

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Hozier – Take Me to Church Lyrics 2 years ago
Procrast
I think you're right on about the sacrifice, high horse, and stable/skeletons in their closet. Then "We've a lot of starving faithful" is a plea for the church to serve the spiritual needs of people the church currently rejects. Then "tasty" and "plenty" are contemplating what the church -could- offer. "This is hungry work"! is Daniel speaking about his personal aspirations in creating this song, as well the universal efforts of the faithful to serve God.

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Hozier – Take Me to Church Lyrics 3 years ago
truenuetral - yes. "deathless death" connotes both orgasm and immortality. More subtle brilliance from our songwriter.

SteveO - apparently you're still having trouble wrapping your head around the possibility that Christ and the true Christian God might not be as homophobic as you.

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