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Hozier Faces Up to Domestic Violence with “Cherry Wine”

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At first listen, most could assume the haunting melodies of Hozier’s “Cherry Wine”, to be a sweet folk tune, expressing the intimacy nurtured between two lovers.  However, his music video and emotive lyrics prove his sonic poetics to represent anything but.

Hozier sings,

“But I want it
It’s a crime
That she’s not around most of the time.
The way she shows me I’m hers and she is mine
Open hand or closed fist would be fine
Blood is rare and sweet as cherry wine.”

Like the faulty first impressions of this tale of two sweethearts, Hozier’s video highlights how easy it can be to ignore the horrific realities of domestic violence. To fall weak in the hands of an abusive lover without any means of an end.

declares on his website“Domestic violence is an ongoing issue in our society, the statistics of which are shocking and the effects of which damage whole families, communities and span generations. With the song Cherry Wine, I tried to get across the difficulty of coming to terms with, and facing up to domestic violence and the dynamic of an abusive relationship.”  Through his site, fans have the option of reporting any suffering of abuse to a local helpline (USA).Released days before Valentines Day, the key takeaway from Hozier’s piece is that abuse is genderless. The lyrics were written from the perspective of a male suffering from domestic violence. However, in his video the victim is clearly a woman. The moral of his work doesn’t just advocate justice specifically for women, or men, but for all who’ve endured this trauma. Hozier is one of the few men who have spoken out about domestic violence through music. Others notable advocates include, Tupac, Tim McGraw, and Peter Gabriel.


The proceeds from the single are donated by Hozier to a series of organizations around the world dedicated to spreading awareness and putting an end to domestic violence.

Download the tune for free on the Trebel  and support the campaign by following Hozier’s cause on Twitter: #faceuptodomesticviolence.

Well done, brother.



About Jake Varrone

Jake Varrone is a writer, music producer, and guitar player based out of Philadelphia, PA. He attends the University of the Arts('16) and studies Music Business Entrepreneurship and Technology.

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