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: