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Hozier’s gorgeous unplugged acoustic of “Cherry Wine” will melt your heart

October 27th, 2020

Most of us turn to pumpkin spice, fall scented candles, and a mug of tea or coffee as the leaves start changing color.

But what’s the key to a perfect cozy fall day? The right music!

Hozier took the world by storm in 2014 when his song “Take Me to Church” topped the charts and had everyone singing along whenever it came on the radio (which was a lot).

He even played on Saturday Night Live and at the Grammys. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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The Irish musician, with a voice as smooth as honey, was his own tough-act-to-follow after seeing such success of his first hit song.

But it turned out the romantic religious tune wasn’t the only noteworthy song on the album. His emotional indie-folk songs like “Cherry Wine” and “Work Song” quickly became fan favorites and won awards all over the world. And as if those hauntingly romantic lyrics weren’t going to hit you in the feels on their own… he released an unplugged acoustic version.

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Good luck holding back the tears!

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That ex that you thought you were over? The one that got away? Maybe it’s just that person you accidentally swiped right on on Tinder… you’re about to be reminded that you’re not over it yet:

“Her fight and fury is fiery
Oh but she loves
Like sleep to the freezing
Sweet and right and merciful
I’m all but washed
In the tide of her breathing.”

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The original track is already moving and will hit you right in the feels. But something about this intimate acoustic version will warm your spooky-season soul.

If you’ve never paid a lot of attention to the lyrics, you might be shocked to find the song isn’t traditionally romantic:

“Open handed or closed fisted would be fine.”

It focuses on toxic, all-consuming abusive relationships—but how does Hozier make it sound so appealing?!

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Is it that Irish accent? Those irresistible locks? The handsome face? We’ll never know for sure.

But I think something about him and that super-smooth voice could make anything sound romantic. We’re obsessed with “Cherry Wine,” but let’s be clear, abusive relationships are not worth it—even if you’re Hozier.

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His unplugged version of the “Cherry Wine” with Mahogany is stripped down and even more beautiful than the recorded album version.

The chords for this song are some of the most searched for on Google. The basic base tune stands alone, but it’s the lyrics that bring it all home and are sure to warm your cold autumn heart.

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Since his massive rise to success, Hozier has continued to woo the world.

You may have never felt so musically inclined before, but listening to this acoustic version will make you want to go out and learn how to play guitar. Hozier even explained the song in his own words:

“It’s a love song, but it’s about some of the more awful parts of love. It’s a song about violence: domestic violence and domestic disputes. It’s about an abusive relationship and someone who is trying to justify it to themselves.”

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Even if it’s got some dark subject matter, the results are so beautiful!

Listen to his emotional, unplugged acoustic version of this iconic romantic song by clicking below!

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Sources: YouTube/Mahongany, Paste Magazine, Interview Magazine

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