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HOZIER

Full Name:

Andrew Hozier-Byrne

Birth Date:

March 17th, 1990

Nationality:

Irish

Occupation:

Musician and singer-songwriter

 

HOW DID HE GET STARTED?

Hozier was born in Bray and began a degree in music at Trinity College, Dublin, but stopped to record demos for Universal Music. While at Trinity, he became involved with the Trinity Orchestra. He appeared as a soloist on Anuna’s release ‘Illumination’ singing ‘La Chanson de Mardi Gras.’ He performed internationally in Norway and the Netherlands.

 

SOARING SUCCESS

In 2013, Hozier released ‘Take Me to Church,’ and his breakthrough single went viral on YouTube. It reached number one on the Irish iTunes singles chart and number two in the official chart in October 2013. Hozier followed upTake Me to Church with the new EP From Eden including “Work Song”, “Arsonist’s Lullabye” and a live version of “To Be Alone,” as well as a number of festival tour performances. In December 2014, it was announced that “Take me to Church” was nominated at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards for Song of the Year in 2015.

 

CLOSE UP ON ‘TAKE ME TO CHURCH’

“Take Me to Church” is the debut single by Hozier. It has become an international hit, and reached #1 in 14 countries. The song attracted attention and polemic after the release of its music video. “Take Me to Church” was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Song of the Year” in 2015.

 

‘TAKE ME TO CHURCH’ LYRICS

My lover’s got humour

She’s the giggle at a funeral

Knows everybody’s disapproval

I should’ve worshipped her sooner

If the heavens ever did speak

She’s the last true mouthpiece

Every Sunday’s getting more bleak

A fresh poison each week

‘We were born sick, ‘ you heard them say it

My Church offers no absolutes

She tells me, ‘Worship in the bedroom.’

The only heaven I’ll be sent to

Is when I’m alone with you—

I was born sick,

But I love it

Command me to be well

Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.

[Chorus 2x:]

Take me to church

I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies

I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife

Offer me that deathless death

Good God, let me give you my life

If I’m a pagan of the good times

My lover’s the sunlight

To keep the Goddess on my side

She demands a sacrifice

Drain the whole sea

Get something shiny

Something meaty for the main course

That’s a fine looking high horse

What you got in the stable?

We’ve a lot of starving faithful

That looks tasty

That looks plenty

This is hungry work

[Chorus 2x:]

Take me to church

I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies

I’ll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife

Offer me my deathless death

Good God, let me give you my life

No Masters or Kings

When the Ritual begins

There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin

In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene

Only then I am Human

Only then I am Clean

Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.

[Chorus 2x:]

Take me to church

I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies

I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife

Offer me that deathless death

Good God, let me give you my life