“we were born sick”

i’ve been meaning to talk about this song for a while now, ever since i saw it on the top 10 list about a month ago and heard it on the radio. the reason i put it off so long was, apart from being busy with school, because it can be viewed as controversial. but putting that and my own opinions aside, here is the song. just a forewarning: the material in the video may be sensitive to some.

title: take me to church
artist: hozier
album: take me to church ep
genre: indie rock/soul/blues
year: 2013

that video really was something; powerful, definitely. lgbt rights is huge in today’s society, and i think this video presented itself well surrounding this.

anyways, i’ll let you hear from the artist himself, from an interview with the new york times.

“Take Me to Church” is a critique of oppressive instructions, with a woman or female pronoun used as a sort of savior.

“… sex and humanity are incredibly tied. Sexuality, and sexual orientation – regardless of orientation – it 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.

“… But it’s not an attack on faith. Coming from Ireland, obviously, there’s a bit of a cultural hangover from the influence of the church. You’ve got a lot of people walking around with a heavy weight in their hearts and a disappointment, and that shit carries from generation to generation. So the song is just about that – it’s an assertion of self, reclaiming humanity back for something that is the most natural and worthwhile. Electing, in this case, a female, to choose a love who is worth loving.”

once again, i’m not going to put in my own opinions regarding the background of the lyrics – feel free to discuss in the comments section if you wish; everybody should be allowed to have an opinion and a free voice.

though, i will express my insights on the music. first off, i love the way the lyrics are written/structured regardless of content – the use of an extended metaphor throughout the song is genius. i love the relatively simple instrumentation and the swingy, blues feel to the melody and the haunting texture as well. it’s a really well-written song, i’d say.
an interesting fact i learned is that it was originally written and recorded in his parent’s attic, in ireland. this just tells you that music of today’s generation is so universal, as you have probably already noticed, that we can listen to the music from around the world and form some sort of connection to our own lives. it also tells you that everybody, whether you’re professional and famous or not, can make great music. you can make great music if you put your heart to it and don’t worry about what others think. just like what hozier did.

that’s all for now.

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