Hozier: “Take Me to Church”

I heard this song on the radio a week or two ago, and I crumbled a little. Haunting is the word I would’ve chosen to describe it–in the last few minutes of my commute, my music turned up terribly loud so I could ignore the honking horns and traffic noise, for no good reason other than the song itself, I felt a little lump in my throat.

And now, after watching the video, it’s really difficult for me to hear the song without shedding a few tears. I don’t normally watch music videos, and I don’t normally find myself affected by the ones I do see–at least not anymore. Years ago, when MTV and VH1 still played music videos and I was much younger, I paid attention to them, but with the move to reality programming on both channels and a lot more to do elsewhere, I mostly stopped watching videos–especially as the few that I’ve seen recently have been more like long-form advertisements for albums/singers than an accompaniment to the song.

But Hozier’s video is tough to watch. The Irish singer doesn’t appear in the video. Instead, it’s the story of a gay couple who experience a violent and bloody backlash that is all too familiar. I won’t say much more about it, I’ll just tell you to watch, or at least listen, because the music is beautiful and moving, and so’s the video:

And a bonus, an interview with Hozier in which he discusses the song, the video, and the connections between the two:

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  1. OH! this is so painful to watch why are we humans so evil to each other why can we not all live and let live. People cannot help who they love. The young lovers are not the evil ones it is the gangs of mad wolves (young men ) who go around causing pain in the name of God or righteousness. God weeps at what is done in his name!

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