Take me to Church Chords – With Videos

Hozier came on the scene fast and hot.  With his hit single “Take me to Church”, it got everyone’s attention in a hurry.  It wasn’t long after that I began to wonder how to play it on the guitar.  I strummed, and picked, but it wasn’t correct.

It wasn’t until I saw him live in concert in Minneapolis last year that I noticed his playing style, and more importantly, the chords for “take me to church”.

Take me to Church Guitar Chords

As you can see the chords and progression are fairly simple, which makes this and easy and fun transition for piano and ukulele.

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Background and when it came out

Andrew Hozier’s ‘Take Me to Church’ was released in 13th September 2013 as his debut

single. Hozier wrote this song in his parent’s home following a bad breakup. At the

time, he was a struggling musician doing open mic sessions in Dublin area. The song is a

mid-tempo with lyrics that describe the musician’s frustration with the Catholic

Church’s stance on homosexuality.
After catching the attention of an independent label,the song slowly gained popularity

and with a release of its music video on YouTube it quickly went viral globally. It has

since topped the charts in over 12 countries and found its way to the top 10 in over 21

more countries becoming a radio hit and breaking the record to become one of the longest

running number one hit in its history at the time. In the U.S., ‘Take Me to Church’ has

been certified 5 times platinum and was nominated in the 57th Annual Grammy Awards for

the ‘Song of the Year Grammy Award.’

The meaning

The lyrical definition ‘Take Me to Church’ can easily be associated with sentiments of

happiness, forgiveness and peace, especially since the subject church is in it. However

Hozier’s lyrics hold a message about the church but not positive sentiments as one would

initially imagine. He focuses on the church’s contradiction on acceptance and how some

church institutions treat homosexuals and the general topic of sex, portraying them as

shameful acts when in reality these are some of the most natural forms of humanity.
The metaphor ‘Take Me to Church’ is used by the musician to compare his love life to his

religion. It’s lyrics are born out of Andrew’s frustration with the Catholic Church

which he suggests is full of hypocrisy. He uses his lyrics to reinforce his opinion

that sex is an act of love that overpowers the notion of being tied to a religion. What

the church finds taboo according to their doctrines, Hozier describes as the way to

ultimate satisfaction saying he is “a pagan of the good times”. Hozier’s lyrics clearly

convey a message that is against this shaming fueled by the church. In one of his

interviews, Hozier says that sexuality is natural regardless of orientation and that sex

is a human thing to undertake. But the church, with its doctrines has managed to portray

sex as a shameful, sinful offense to God.
The singer sings about a woman who invites him to ‘worship in the bedroom’ and when he

is with her he’s sent to Heaven, meaning that through the act of sex, he feels closer to

God, or as he puts it ‘the good life.’ But he describes the church as a bleak place

which spits out ‘poison’ to its congregation, teaching them that they were born in sin

i.e. ‘born sick’.
The chorus deeply emphasizes the punishment focus the church takes on its congregation,

shaming them when their actions are against the doctrines of the church. Hozier writes,

“I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies, I’ll tell you my sins and you can

sharpen your knife” a sarcastic way of telling the church to stop making it’s

congregation feel ashamed of their sexuality.
In another interview, Hozier explains that ‘Take Me to Church’ is meant to condemn

anti-homosexuality in the Catholic Church and says that the song’s lyrics and video are

meant to condemn policies that value prejudice and rules and shame sexuality and

acceptance. He further notes that ‘Take Me to Church’ is all about being assertive

enough to reclaim your humanity through love. This is to say that you should be able to

turn away from the intangible theories and choose to love and worship that which can be

experienced; something real and tangible.


The sources are from three websites.

1. The Pop Song Professor webpage has an article written by Clifford Stumme on the meaning of the song. Its link is below

2. The website ‘The Reflector’ also has an article on the same, its link is below

3. The website ‘Songfacts’ has another aricle. Its link is below


The lyrics carrying this song

This really isn’t a guitar song, its more of a lyrics song.  They paint a picture and tell the story of love and god, and be it whom ever you choose to marry.  Take a Read

“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
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
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
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
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
[x2]” Andrew Hozier

Take me to church Chords

As you can see, this is such a beautiful song that was well crafted.  Hozier has some deep lyrics that are really important for this song.  The guitar chords are easy enough for a moderate beginner to learn and excel at.  Have fun!

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