Hozier - Take Me to Church - 2013

Hozier - Take Me to Church (2013)

Take Me to Church is a song by Irish musician Hozier that was released as his debut single in 2013. The song received critical acclaim and achieved widespread global popularity, becoming a powerful anthem with its gripping lyrics and haunting melody. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 2015 and has been interpreted as a critique of organized religion, as well as an expression of support for LGBTQ+ rights. The music video further emphasizes these themes, portraying a narrative of persecution against a homosexual couple.

Background and Composition

The song was written by Hozier himself and was produced by Rob Kirwan. The track is characterized by its soulful melody and stirring lyrics that use religious imagery to discuss themes of sexuality, freedom, and humanity. Its sound is a blend of blues, gospel, and indie rock, showcasing Hozier's rich vocal range and profound songwriting skills.

Reception and Impact

Upon its release, "Take Me to Church" quickly gained popularity on various music platforms, eventually reaching the top of the charts in multiple countries. The song has been praised for its emotional depth, lyrical complexity, and social commentary. It not only marked Hozier's breakthrough into the music industry but also sparked conversations about the role of music in activism and social change.

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What inspired Hozier to write "Take Me to Church"? (The critique of organized religion and support for LGBTQ+ rights) (!His experiences growing up in Ireland) (!The global political climate in 2013) (!A personal relationship)

What genre does "Take Me to Church" primarily belong to? (Indie Rock) (!Country) (!Pop) (!Electronic)

In what year was "Take Me to Church" released? (2013) (!2012) (!2014) (!2015)

What major award was "Take Me to Church" nominated for in 2015? (Grammy Award for Song of the Year) (!MTV Music Award for Best Song) (!Billboard Music Award for Top Rock Song) (!Brit Award for British Single)

Who produced "Take Me to Church"? (Rob Kirwan) (!Andrew Hozier-Byrne) (!Mark Ronson) (!Dan Auerbach)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

What is Hozier's full name? (Andrew Hozier-Byrne) (!Andrew Byrne) (!Hozier Andrew) (!Andrew Hozier)

From which country is Hozier? (Ireland) (!United Kingdom) (!United States) (!Australia)

What is a distinctive feature of Hozier's music style? (Combination of blues, gospel, and indie rock) (!Heavy use of electronic instruments) (!Focus on instrumental music) (!Predominant use of auto-tune)

How did Hozier first gain attention for "Take Me to Church"? (Through a music video that went viral online) (!Performing it on a major TV show) (!Winning a talent show) (!Through radio play)

Before his solo career, what was Hozier a member of? (A choir) (!A rock band) (!An orchestra) (!A dance troupe)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

What imagery is heavily used in "Take Me to Church"? (Religious) (!Nature) (!Urban life) (!Science fiction)

Which of the following themes is NOT directly addressed in "Take Me to Church"? (Organized sports) (!Critique of organized religion) (!Sexuality) (!Freedom and humanity)

How does the song compare love to religious experiences? (By suggesting love is a form of worship) (!By stating that love is more important than faith) (!By equating love with sin) (!By comparing love to a religious sacrifice)

What does the lyric "I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies" suggest about the speaker's view on love? (It critiques the blind devotion and the pain it can bring) (!It celebrates unconditional love) (!It compares love to a joyful religious celebration) (!It shows preference for love over truth)

What is the effect of using religious imagery to discuss love and sexuality in the song? (It highlights the sanctity and sacrifice inherent in love) (!It suggests that love is only valid within religious contexts) (!It condemns religious views on love) (!It trivializes religious practices)


Andrew Hozier-Byrne Irish Musician
2013 Year of Release
Grammy Award for Song of the Year 2015 Nomination
Rob Kirwan Producer
LGBTQ+ Rights Theme of the Song

Open Tasks


  1. Explore different interpretations of the song's lyrics and discuss what "Take Me to Church" means to you personally.
  2. Create a playlist of songs with similar themes or musical styles to "Take Me to Church".
  3. Write a short essay on the impact of music videos in enhancing the message of a song, using "Take Me to Church" as an example.


  1. Research and present a case study on how "Take Me to Church" was used in various social movements.
  2. Compare and contrast "Take Me to Church" with another song that critiques organized religion.
  3. Analyze the use of religious imagery in the song's lyrics and discuss its effectiveness in conveying the song's message.


  1. Conduct an in-depth analysis of the song's musical composition and how it contributes to the overall impact of the song.
  2. Create a video essay on the significance of "Take Me to Church" in contemporary music history.
  3. Organize a discussion group to talk about the themes of the song and its relevance in today's society.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the role of music in social activism, using "Take Me to Church" as a case study.
  2. Evaluate the impact of digital media in the spread and reception of music today, with a focus on "Take Me to Church".
  3. Analyze how "Take Me to Church" fits into the broader context of Hozier's musical career and themes.
  4. Reflect on the significance of award nominations for songs with social messages.
  5. Explore the relationship between artist intent and public interpretation in the context of "Take Me to Church".

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