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“From Eden,” Hozier

artHardly a breakthrough musical discovery, the song that I’ve found myself repeatedly listening to this week is five years old and has 45M views on YouTube, but I will be honest, I never heard people talking it up until recently.

I don’t listen to the radio — we tune into NPR when we turn the radio on at all, and besides that it’s all old digital music we’ve accumulated through the years or else podcasts — so I rely on places like the hive-mind over at Tumblr to point me in the direction of songs I might like or artists I might be interested in.  In the last few weeks, the Ineffable Husbands fandom has taken a particular shine to Hozier (I don’t blame them) and in particular the song “From Eden.”

I’ve listened to it a lot in the last few days, along with some of Hozier’s other stuff¹, and have to wonder — as much as I absolutely adore “Take Me to Church” — why I haven’t (until very recently) heard more people talking about more of his stuff?

Babe, there’s something tragic about you
Something so magic about you
Don’t you agree?

Babe, there’s something lonesome about you
Something so wholesome about you
Get closer to me

No tight side, no rolling eyes, no irony
No ‘who cares’, no vacant stares, no time for me
Honey you’re familiar like my mirror years ago
Idealism sits prison, chivalry fell on it’s sword
Innocence died screaming, honey ask me I should know
I slithered here from Eden just to sit outside your door

Babe, there’s something wretched about this
Something so precious about this
Oh what a sin

To the strand a picnic plan for you and me
A rope in hand for your other man to hang from a tree

Honey you’re familiar like my mirror years ago
Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on it’s sword
Innocents died screaming, honey ask me I should know
I slithered here from Eden just to sit outside your door

Honey you’re familiar like my mirror years ago
Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on it’s sword
Innocence died screaming, honey ask me I should know
I slithered here from Eden just to hide outside your door



¹ 
Speaking of “other songs,” does “Angel Of Small Death And The Codeine Scene” give anyone else serious Hadestown vibes, or is it just me?