Teens React to “Take Me To Church” Lyrics


If kids say the darndest things, teens often make the most crystal-clear realizations.

The Fine Brothers, the Youtube duo who gave us the “Kids/Teens/Elders React To” series are back again on React TV with a new line of reaction series. In this particular set, teens are given pairs lines from Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” to analyze without any background information on the song or the artist, save for what they already know prior to taping.

At first, these teens fumble around and raise their eyebrows at the first few stanzas of the song:

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

They spin their own interpretations of these stanzas: is the song’s persona some sort of prophet fanatic? Someone who sees visions? A psychopath?

They later connect the rest of the lyrics to a church figure in the song. A few of the teens take a bold leap and go as far as latching it on the Church’s present stand on homosexuality.

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.

From there, half the teens are beginning to get the idea behind the lines: “sweeter innocence”, “gentle sin”, “only then I am clean”. A few remain as confused as when they first started, and the few who staked their claims on a sociopolitical message behind the romance feel even more corroborated with the closing of the song.

When the reveal hits, though, everything starts to make sense.

Watch more of their reactions and realizations here:

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