Hozier, “Work Song”

In Hozier’s “Work Song” he sings of this perfect girl who came into his life at the perfect moment and saved him from himself. The chorus:

When my time comes around
Lay me gently in the cold, dark earth
No grave can hold my body down
I’ll crawl home to her

shows how deeply devoted he is to this woman and how his love for her is deeper than life itself and cannot simply die with his physical death. I was hooked by this because of my firm belief that this is what should be meant when someone says they are unconditionally in love with another–to be committed in this life and after as well. Hozier goes on to sing that this woman“never asked me once about the wrong I did…my baby never fret none about what my hands and my body done/ If the Lord don’t forgive me/ I’d still have my baby and babe will have me.” Man, this statement is so profound and once again is what love between two people should be like. This woman is accepting the man regardless of his past and is going to be there for him even if his religion condemns him. This is true commitment and I was enthralled to see a song accurately depicting love this way as opposed to a fairy-tale idea of it.

–Tara Rickman