It’s not all about religion though, or homosexuality. In fact, the song was initially inspired by the break-up of a relationship with his first girlfriend. Speaking with The Irish Times, Hozier said about matters of the heart, "I found the experience of falling in love or being in love was a death, a death of everything. You kind of watch yourself die in a wonderful way, and you experience for the briefest moment – if you see yourself for a moment through their eyes – everything you believed about yourself gone: In a death-and-rebirth sense."
In another interview, Hozier explained the song's meaning as, "Sexuality, and sexual orientation - regardless of orientation - is just natural," he said. "An act of sex is one of the most human things. But an organization like the church, say, through its doctrine, would undermine humanity by successfully teaching shame about sexual orientation - which it is sinful, or that it offends God. The song is about asserting yourself and reclaiming your humanity through an act of love."
The celebrated English poet Fulke Greville (1554 – 1628) wrote a poem called 'Chorus Sacedotum'. Hozier took a line from that piece of work and wove it into his song, changing it slightly. It tells of man being “created sick commanded to be sound." Quite deep for a pop song.
'Take Me To Church' has been a massive global success, making it into the top 3 on no less than 37 charts, world-wide.
It was nominated for a Grammy award in 2015 but was beaten by Sam Smith’s 'Stay With Me'.