Hozier: 15 minutes of Soul

A ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ in 15 minutes real time  with 24 year old Irishman ~ Andrew Hozier-Byrne  a Soul singer song writer and serious poet.
[the video of the Sergio Polunin Ballet of Hozier’s ‘Take me to Church’ is at the end, after the lyrics]

1. “Take Me To Church” [a song about passion, sex and religion] Unlike the official video, this version concentrates entirely on his voice, his beautiful guitar hands (& small  percussion band)

2.”To Be Alone” Just his voice and guitar singing  by some old river

3. “Cherry Wine”  Just the singer  with his guitar singing in a little bit of  an Irish voice!

“Take Me To Church”

My lover’s got humour
She’s the giggle at a funeral
Knows everybody’s disapproval
I should’ve worshiped her soonerIf 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 itMy 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

“To Be Alone”

Never feel too good in crowds,
With folks around, when they’re playing
The anthems of rape culture loud,
Crude and proud creatures baying
All I’ve ever done is hide
From our times when you’re near me
Honey, when you kill the lights, and kiss my eyes
I feel like a person for a moment of my lifeBut you don’t know what hell you put me through
To have someone kiss the skin that crawls from you
To feel your weight in arms I’d never use
It’s the god that heroin prays toIt feels good, girl, it feels good [x3]
To be alone with you

There are questions I can’t ask
Now at last the worst is over
See the way you hold yourself
Reel against your body’s borders
I know that you hate this place
Not a trace of me would argue
Honey, we should run away, oh someday
Our baby and her momma
And the damaged love she makes

But I don’t know what else that I would give
Than try to kiss the skin that crawls from you
Than feel your weight in arms I’d never use
It’s the god that heroin prays to

It feels good, girl, it feels good [x3]
To be alone with you

 

“Cherry Wine”

Her eyes and words are so icy
Oh but she burns
Like rum on the fire
Hot and fast and angry
As she can be
I walk my days on a wireIt looks ugly, but it’s clean
Oh mamma, don’t fuss over me

[Chorus:]
The way she tells me I’m hers and she is mine
Open hand or closed fist would be fine
The blood is rare and sweet as cherry wine

Calls of guilty thrown at me
All while she stains
The sheets of some other
Thrown at me so powerfully
Just like she throws with the arm of her brother

But I want it, it’s a crime
That she’s not around most of the time

[Chorus:]
Way she shows me I’m hers and she is mine
Open hand or closed fist would be fine
The blood is rare and sweet as cherry wine

Her fight and fury is fiery
Oh but she loves
Like sleep to the freezing
Sweet and right and merciful
I’m all but washed
In the tide of her breathing

And it’s worth it, it’s divine
I have this some of the time

[Chorus:]
Way she shows me I’m hers and she is mine
Open hand or closed fist would be fine
The blood is rare and sweet as cherry wine

 

And then the dance….

 

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8 thoughts on “Hozier: 15 minutes of Soul

    1. There is a link to press that does a longer 15 min session of three songs under this post same artist . it does this song again but in another version which is interesting and two more fab soul songs its fabulous. Hozier has such fabulous fingers . the 15 min version shows them a lot. thanks for your comments and appreciation Yvonne. x

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