le petit mort

“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 is 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 absolution

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 light

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

The song was made to criticise Russia’s anti-LBGT policy. But it can be understood in other ways, and one of them is:

This song is all about him leaving the church for the mortal comforts of a woman. she “knows everybody’s disapproval” at the thought of premarital sex. “We were born sick” refers to the church’s thoughts on original sin; essentially that the sex drive is a sign of sickness and depravity. Hozier has another song about the ‘little death’, an allusion to the french ‘le petit mort’; a euphemism for an orgasm, and i think this is where “Deathless death” comes from. He is willing to offer his life, and worship like a dog to receive this from her.

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