What is “Take Me To Church” about?
Hozier: It’s about humanity at its most natural, and I guess the song is very much about sexuality, about the sexual act itself. It’s also a little bit of a tongue-in-cheek swipe at, say, the Church and organizations that would undermine humanity at its most natural by pontificating over things like sexual orientation or natural humanity.
It’s about asserting your own humanity through a very natural act, because there are very few things more human than that act itself. Also, electing something tangible that you can love, something that’s worth “worshiping.”
I’ve read a lot of comparisons between what’s depicted in the “Take Me To Church” video and what’s happening to LGBT people in Russia right now. Was that comparison intentional?
Hozier: The video was expressly referencing that. Far-right gangs attacking LGBT youth with impunity also, without recourse from law enforcement. Because the song was always about sexuality, humanity at its most natural.
It’s about organizations that would undermine or condemn a natural part of humanity. It’s about a human injustice — a human-rights issue — so that’s where the video and the song kind of meet. (x)