Hozier Faces Up to Domestic Violence with “Cherry Wine”
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.
It’s a crime
That she’s not around most of the time.
Open hand or closed fist would be fine
Blood is rare and sweet as cherry wine.”
Hozier 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.
Well done, brother.
- 7 Acts You’ve Gotta Check Out at Bonnaroo 2016 - May 17, 2016
- 3 Realities of Being a Music Student - May 16, 2016
- Remembering Prince: A Few of His Best Moments - April 23, 2016
- What Stephanie Defeo of UArts is Listening to - April 18, 2016
- 4 Reasons Trebel Wins vs. Spotify - April 11, 2016