Hozier, the purest soul beloved by masses released a new song. Hozier’s songs are either making you feel like the sunkissed ancient goddess floating somewhere in the meadow or like a daughter of anarchy throwing out a Molotov cocktail. Hozier’s new song Jackboot Jump is all about the second one. Jackboot jump is about fascism, anti-establishment, political activism, authoritarianism, militarization, and state-sanctioned violence against citizens across the world. If you feel triggered stop reading now.
Before I continue with my analysis of this rebellion anthem you should definitely give this song a listen if you haven’t already.
Hozier’s inspiration for writing this song was this one quote from George Orwell’s 1984 book. I’m not sure how thorough is the educations system in your country but it’s basically a futuristic dystopian novel reflecting lives under heavy political oppression and propaganda. The quote goes:
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
If you think about it whiles listening to Jackboot jump, everything will fall right into place.
Hozier said fuck being stubble and started namedropping.
Standing Rock, Russia and Moscow, China and Peking, Hong Kong…
Jackboot Jump has only a few lyrics but they are all straight to the point.
Hozier always manages to perfectly voice our thoughts, worries, or fears just as a passion, love, and hope. He’s an outstanding writer and a poet. He’s well aware of the issues and knows how to approach them with a clear head and right words. He just knows what is up and I have nothing but respect for the man.
The lyrics that stands higher than any other, the lyrics that ran chills down my spine were those:
All around the world
You’d think that things were looking rough
But the jackboot only jumps down
On people standing up
So you know good things are happening
When the jackboot needs to jump
I love how Hozier ends this song about the terrible state of the world on a very optimistic note.
Jackboot is a typical symbol of oppression all around the world. Many cultures or countries have their own representations of a national saying involving boot and being under the boot.
The boot from Orwell’s novel is always down. Pressing down on the citizens. Unmoving. Solid.
What’s gonna make the boot move at least a little bit?
Make the Jackboot jump. Even if it means it’s gonna stamp on you again and again. Jackboot is jumping up and down but at least it’s not standing still and that’s a beautiful message.
Yes, the dystopian world we’re currently living it sucks but we’re no longer letting it suck. People are angry. People are protesting. Marginalized groups are standing up for themselves.
Standing up. That’s the goal.
Hozier is a metaphorical king and he proved it once again.
The rhythmical catchy tune of the song ideal for marching hypes you up.
Listening to Jackboot jump through your headphones wearing your high heel boots is a whole other powerful experience. Feels like you’re marching to fix shit up.