"In a Week" as written by and Andrew Hozier Byrne....
I have never known peace
Like the damp grass that yields to me
I have never known hunger
Like these insects that feast on me

A thousand teeth
And yours among them, I know
Our hungers appeased
Our heartbeats becoming slow

We lay here for years or for hours
Thrown here or found
To freeze or to thaw
So long we become the flowers
Two corpses we were
Two corpses I saw

And they'd find us in a week
When the weather gets hot
After the insects have made their claim
I'd be home with you
I'd be home with you

I have never known sleep
Like the slumber that creeps to me
I have never known color
Like this morning reveals to me

And you haven't moved an inch
Such that I would not know
If you sleep always like this
The flesh calmly going cold

We lay here for years or for hours
Your hand in my hand
So still and discreet
So long we become the flowers
We'd feed well the land
And worry the sheep

And they'd find us in a week
When the cattle show fear
After the insects have made their claim
After the foxes have known our taste
I'd be home with you
I'd be home with you

They'd find us in a week (Lay here for years or for hours)
When the weather gets hot (So long we become the flowers)
They'd find us in a week (Lay here for years or for hours)
When the cattle shows fear (So long we become the flowers)

And they'd find us in a week
When the buzzards get loud
After the insects have made their claim
After the foxes have known our taste
After the raven has had its say

I'd be home with you
I'd be home with you
I'd be home with you
I'd be home with you
I'd be home with you
I'd be home with you


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"In a Week" as written by Andrew Hozier Byrne

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  • +3
    My InterpretationThere is... a melancholy serenity in this song that is absolutely, devastatingly beautiful. The beauty of two lovers caught in eternity, content in one another and content to fade entirely into the greater glory of the forest, seems analogous to course an elderly couple, content to fade away into one another. There's a death-sense in the song, but never a morbid one really, couple that with the instrumentation, and it really does read like lovers at peace, not the heady passion of a new relationship, or even the idolatrous, all consuming devotion so readily apparent in Take Me to Church. No... here is two people at peace with one another, at peace with their end, and even finding joy in that end as they enter it together, at home with and within one another.
    EnigmaticSevenson December 28, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMy opinion of this song is completely different.
    Wicklow has these beautiful hills which sadly only make it into the news if a body has been found there.
    I think this song is about two lovers who sneak away into the hills and end up having sex there.

    "Our hungers appeased
    Our heartbeats becoming slow"

    When they lie there next to one another they start to feel such peace and serenity

    "I have never known peace Like the damp grass that yields to me"

    that they imagine what it would be like to stay there forever. What it would be like if they were just bodies.

    "We lay here for years or for hours"

    They imagine for a moment the rromanticized version of being dead. More of a frozen forever in a moment together than actually dead.

    "I'd be home with you
    I'd be home with you"

    I just adore this song I would give anything to have Hozier write me a song. Then again I would give anything for anyone to write me a song. :)
    steff.mon December 11, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI feel as though this is a couple. They feel at peace in the forest, laying down. They eventually lay "so long we become e flowers"
    And they do not care, because they are at peace within the earth. Becoming everything's food. Feeling EVERYTHING because they become everything.
    This song is what I've been feeling for so long & I've never known how to describe it.
    queenkayyon January 26, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI have never known peace
    Like the damp grass that yields to me
    I have never known hunger
    Like these insects that feast on me

    A thousand teeth
    And yours among them, I know
    Our hungers appeased
    Our heartbeats becoming slow

    The first verse describes the peace felt in death (the grave being the damp grass which allows him to pass) as well as the ravenous ways of the insects which eat the dead corpses. The second verse continues the interpretation of the insects. A thousand teeth biting at the corpses and among them are the teeth of his loved one. This meaning that the teeth are there not also biting him. Their hunger has been vanguised and their heartbeats have failed to continue in death.

    We lay here for years or for hours
    Thrown here or found
    To freeze or to thaw
    So long we become the flowers
    Two corpses we were
    Two corpses I saw

    And they'd find us in a week
    When the weather gets hot
    After the insects have made their claim
    I'd be home with you
    I'd be home with you

    They will lay in the ground as long as time permits until they are given back to the Earth (we become the flowers). Soon however, their rotting flesh will call all the animals, especially in the hot weather due to this being a more welcoming environment for insects and bacteria. In this return to nature, they have found their home and become part of the Earth again, together.

    I have never known sleep
    Like the slumber that creeps to me
    I have never known color
    Like this morning reveals to me

    The creeping slumber alludes to death overtaking the two characters. In this act of dying, they are enlightened and see new and unimaginable things such as the sunrise in the morning. The death has not only ended their life but brought forth new ones.

    And you haven't moved an inch
    Such that I would not know
    If you sleep always like this
    The flesh calmly going cold

    This verse refers to the calm, natural part of death. Death is a natural phenomena and the character is realizing that in a way a person dies every night, in sleep, however this death is permanent and alright.

    We lay here for years or for hours
    Your hand in my hand
    So still and discreet
    So long we become the flowers
    We'd feed well the land
    And worry the sheep

    And they'd find us in a week
    When the cattle show fear
    After the insects have made their claim
    After the foxes have known our taste
    I'd be home with you
    I'd be home with you

    Essentially this chorus is similar to the last one, just adding to the fact that their rotting corpses give back to the land. The sheep refer to the common man who follows others lead before his own. These sheep are afraid of death and becoming part of the Earth, something bigger than their current lives. The cattle also can portray this. The cattle fear, while the bugs and foxes eat, playing into the grander scheme of the earthly residence.

    They'd find us in a week (Lay here for years or for hours)
    When the weather gets hot (So long we become the flowers)
    They'd find us in a week (Lay here for years or for hours)
    When the cattle shows fear (So long we become the flowers)

    And they'd find us in a week
    When the buzzards get loud
    After the insects have made their claim
    After the foxes have known our taste
    After the raven has had its say

    I'd be home with you
    I'd be home with you
    I'd be home with you
    I'd be home with you
    I'd be home with you
    I'd be home with you

    Summary:
    This song shows the inevitability of death as well as assurance that it is not in vain. The body is reclaimed by the Earth and the two loving characters agree/reassure one another that they go through it together both becoming part of the Earth e.i. going home.
    cyntismusicon November 24, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song!

    I think it's about being with a now dead lover, not each other but more like they're both speaking and sharing the same feeling about their lovers.
    eqmpgf1099on November 24, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningA man and a woman left for dead in a pasture. I love the ambiguity of it since we're not really sure quite what's happened to them, but I'm thinking they were travelling along the road and were robbed and beaten to near death. There's a quiet melancholy to it, the juxtaposition between their persistence to survive—the longing to soon be home again safe in each other's arms—and acceptance of their fate, that they are going to die together, hand in hand.
    Lerxston February 05, 2016   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningFrom Hozier: "'“In A Week' is only a murder ballad if you interpret it as such. It could be a suicide ballad or it could just be a gentle reflection on mortality." -radio.com interview
    ovajodikon July 22, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy own take on the lyrics come from personal tragedy. My grandson (age 17) and his girlfriend were both struggling with addiction. They were in the process of transitioning out of rehab and had been clean there for 90 days when they were found embraced together in bed, both dead, from a heroine overdose. Months after, his dad introduced me to this song. In the lyrics, we seemed to find a strange sort of peace, a different slant on how it was for them at the end, a way of looking at it from their angle rather than wandering aimlessly, lost in our grief. We found something in the lyrics that strangely resembles comfort.
    amy1020808on March 20, 2017   Link

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