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Hozier – Jackie and Wilson Lyrics 3 years ago
@[fili82:7270] I agree but I don't see the part about loving someone who will never love you back as much as you love them. It would be awesome if you elaborated.

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Hozier – Jackie and Wilson Lyrics 3 years ago
Honestly I see this as the narrators hope for the future. He hopes for a woman to save him from whatever it is (drugs, alcohol, depression, bad habits, choose your pick of the lot). "She's gonna save me call me baby/ Runnin her hands through my hair". She will know and accept his problems and they will have fun doing not normal couple things.

He speculates about how they tried the real world but it was for neither of them therefore they keep to themselves and live their own little lives. They will have similar views and have kids to reflect that. They will live wild, contained lives. Free and easy.

I see this song as a daydream of what the narrator hopes for in the future.

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Hozier – Work Song Lyrics 3 years ago
The speaker is working himself to his grave for the benefit of his loved one. I see this as a situation where they are dirt poor but in love and he is willing to make huge sacrifices and work himself extra hard so that she can eat and live properly. Even when he dies he will still want to provide for her "No grave can hold my body down/ I'll crawl home to her"

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Hozier – Like Real People Do Lyrics 3 years ago
I agree that this song is about the baggage of old loves in a new relationship. What is especially interesting about this song, which I love, is that they decide to not ask about each other's baggage. They realize that they should just love each other for the now and not "dig" up the buried baggage which they have hidden in the Earth.

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Hozier – In a Week Lyrics 3 years ago
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

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.

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