• Lyrically, the song is a metaphor, with the protagonist comparing his lover to religion.
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Hozier explained the song's meaning to The Cut:
"Sexuality, and sexual orientation - regardless of orientation - is 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."
Hozier states to The Irish Times, "I found the experience of falling in love or being in love was a death,
a death of everything. You kind of watch yourself die in a wonderful way, and you experience for the briefest moment
- if you see yourself for a moment through their eyes - everything you believed about yourself gone.
In a death-and-rebirth sense."
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"Take Me To Church" on YouTube
The music video was directed by Brendan Canty and was released on September 25th, 2013. The video, shot in grayscale,
follows the relationship between two men in a same-sex relationship and the violently homophobic
backlash that ensues when the community learns of one of the men's sexuality. Hozier himself does
not appear in this video.
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Hozier told Billboard magazine:
"Growing up in Ireland, the church is always there - the hypocrisy, the political cowardice. The video
has the same theme - an organization that undermines humanity."