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SONG MEANING: “H.O.L.Y.” by Florida Georgia Line is about a woman; the song describes her using religious imagery to suggest that there is something very special about the love being described here and that she may be better than actual religion. 

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“H.O.L.Y.” is the first single from Florida Georgia Line’s upcoming album Dig Your Roots. That album is coming out in August.

Even though the band’s fans are excited for that release, this single will be more than enough to tide them over–both for the band’s pop-country sound and it’s interesting use of religious imagery that will give pause to religious audiences. Even Rolling Stone notes, “The mix of Christian imagery and hooking up is most likely a little over-the-line for devoutly religious fans . . . .” This, of course, makes for an interesting analysis of the song and will give us plenty to think about as we study “H.O.L.Y.” and consider its greater significance.

Line-by-Line Analysis

First Verse

“H.O.L.Y.” begins, “When the sun had left and the winter came / And the sky fall could only bring the rain.” The narrator is experiencing a dark time and needs relief. He sits in “darkness, all broken hearted” and “couldn’t find a day [he] didn’t feel alone.” Things are bad for him, but there is someone who can save him.

Florida Georgia Line sings, “I never meant to cry, started losing hope / But somehow, baby, you broke through and saved me.” This is the first instance of religious imagery, with the woman taking on the role of a Christ-figure who “saves” someone else from despair and “darkness.”

(For anyone who was wondering, we know that this song isn’t actually about God or Christ because of the “baby” that makes it irrevocably about a woman.)

Pre-Chorus

The band sings, “You’re an angel. Tell me you’re never leaving.” In the Bible, God often used angels to save people from harm and from enemies. Here, the implication may be that God is using this woman to save this man. However, God’s so little emphasized that the woman might as well be her own deity and messenger in one. In fact, based on the coming chorus, her being like a “deity: may be a close guess.

The band begins to suggest this development with the other line of the pre-chorus: “‘Cause you’re the first thing I know I can believe in.” Keep this in mind as we delve into the religious imagery and wording to come.

Chorus

Here, Florida Georgia Line sings, “You’re holy, holy, holy, holy,” to a melody strongly reminiscent of the song “Holy, Holy, Holy” by Reginald Heber composed in 1861. The chorus continues, “I’m high on loving you, high on loving you,” suggesting that “H.O.L.Y.” stands for “high on loving you.”

What is the significance of the parallels being drawn between this woman and religion? 

The band is using religious imagery, so they have an obvious knowledge of religion, but this woman is “the first thing . . . I can believe in.” It may not be a direct insult to religion, but the presence of religious metaphor in this song strongly suggests that listeners should compare how the singers think of the woman and religion. The fact that the band is using this religious imagery to describe the woman (“You’re holy, holy, holy, holy”) suggests that they understood religion before they met this woman (otherwise how else would they have been able to describe her using religious imagery?). Therefore, considering the line about believing in her, they are implying that this woman is more trustworthy than religion (she’s “the first thing I know I can believe in”) and that religion is actually untrustworthy since they did not choose to trust in it when they discovered it earlier.

They’ve experienced religion, but it left something lacking, and they’ve finally found someone they feel they can trust: this angelic woman.

Second Verse

The second verse sings about how wonderful this woman and the narrator’s relationship with her are. He sings, “You made the brightest days from the darkest nights / You’re the river bank where I was baptized.” Christian baptism is a public declaration of one’s faith. It’s a full immersion into water and is symbolic of coming into new life. Florida Georgia Line is saying that through this woman the narrator has discovered a new aspect of life and changed dramatically.

According to the band, she can “[c]leanse all the demons / That were killing my freedom.” She’s liberated him from fear and made him powerful. After that line, the song takes a decidedly sexual turn as the band sings, “Let me lay you down, give me to ya’ / Get you singing, babe, “Hallelujah.” The sexual overtones are clear, and Christian audiences will likely perceive the repurposing of “hallelujah” as at least somewhat offensive.

The verse ends with the line: “We’ll be touching, we’ll be touching Heaven,” a reference to touching each other and to their shared experience of a “near-spiritual” sexual experience.

Bridge

In the bridge, the band sings, “I don’t need the stars ’cause you shine for me / Like fire in my veins, you’re my ecstasy, you’re my ecstasy.” She inspires him and is enough for him. She empowers him and brings him joy.

Outro

Finally, the band sings, “You’re the healing hands where it used to hurt”–a vague reference, perhaps, to Christ’s working of healing miracles by touching people. The band continues, “You’re my saving grace, you’re my kind of church / You’re holy.” These last two lines cement the “she’s better than church” theory. Florida Georgia Line is indeed saying that church wasn’t for them and that the closest they’ll ever get to a spiritual experience will be being with this “holy” woman. She’s their kind of “church” since actual church isn’t what they were looking for.

Summary

“H.O.L.Y.” is two things: a praise for a near-Heavenly woman and a comparison of that woman to human religion. The band concludes that this woman is more worthwhile than religion based on her ability to rescue the narrator from darkness, the two’s sexual relationship, and the connection they share. “H.O.L.Y.” raises many questions, and my analysis above is only the beginning of the discussion that needs to be had about this song.

Please share your thoughts about this song. Were you offended by it? Or did it not bother you? What do you think about the religious imagery and descriptions? What’s going on here?

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Clifford Stumme has his master’s in English literature and is a blogger and a college instructor/center-director at Liberty University. He likes juggling and reading/writing, and he is married to the wonderful and beautiful Wife April. He thinks pop music is awesome. Seriously awesome. Don’t forget to follow him on Facebook!

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  • LLP

    ONLY God is Holy and deserves a Hallelujah! It is very sad to me, considering they were once worship singers in their church, and their background is in Christian music????

    • CW

      I have nothing but sincere pity for you that you have never experienced the feelings these lyrics convey. I hope someday you, too, will meet someone who makes you fall so beautifully hard – someone incredible enough that you would truly forsake God Himself to defend her.

      • Naw, man. I’m with LLP on this one. I hope someday you can experience God in way that would cause you to forsake all else for Him. He is the greatest good in the universe and deserving of all our love, my friend.

    • That’s crazy. I can’t believe it.

  • I’ve liked all their songs,except this one. I wish they were singing about God,because he alone is Holy.

  • LR

    The religious phrases applied to a romantic relationship is enough to make me change the channel. I have purchased all their previous albums and attended their concert the last 3 years including this past weekend where they stressed roots and family. Really disappointed in their poor choice of words in this song because it could have been a good one otherwise.

  • Holy, Holy, Holy LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. He alone is holy. This H.O.L.Y. song is blasphemous. Oh, yes, I have experienced deep human love, but that love between a man and woman cannot begin to compare to the Love of Christ who loved all of us so much that he died for us. Yes, I am offended by the song; the first and only FGL song that has offended me.

    • Thanks, Juliope, for sharing. I have a feeling that if you listen closely to other FGL lyrics and think of them in terms of representing women as real people and not objects, your outrage will continue.

  • I heard this song yesterday and I loved the feel and rhythm of the song but had to listen again on YouTube to discover that they were describing a woman as Holy. That is very dodgy ground in my view; it almost smacks of mocking the Creator who alone is Holy.
    Massively disappointing but as a Christian believer I just can’t listen to it as it smacks as blasphemous…..not good to effectively mock God.

    • I’m not sure about mocking God, but they are elevating something that is not God to the level of God, and that is blasphemy.

  • Michael

    I definitely agree I loved the song until I knew they were singing about a woman .. Very disappointed god is the only thing that is holy and for them to say that this woman is more holy they god like juliope said blasphemous

  • KRae

    You guys realize the name of the song is H.O.L.Y an acronym for High On Loving You… Get it?

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  • Sarena

    Amen Clifford and LLP

  • Jessica P

    I think some are exaggerating with the comments. We all know this song is entirely about a couple and not about God. No one needs to get offended as the song is not Christian. As a woman, I find this particularly romantic, deep, but most men tend to go crazy if any of their feelings get out lol. In this song H.O.L.Y. Means “high on loving you”, frase that has been well thought and has got everyone talking (including all of you). You gotta give it to the writers, these lyrics were well written.
    HOWEVER, if anyone were to call me an angel I would be flattered, that speaks nothing but good about me. And I would definitely not feel offended if anyone were to call me holy. In fact, the bible calls us holy through the sacrifice of Jesus. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and savior you have been made holy through Him, are you then saying His sacrifice was not enough? Do you not believe what the word of God is telling you?
    God calls us to be holy: “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.””
    ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:15-16‬ ‭NIV‬‬; “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
    ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬.
    Please, do seek to be holy as for without holiness no one will see God: “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”
    ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    • I think you make some great points, but you may misunderstand my complaint. The writers were very clever to write the song like this because it’s certainly got people listening and talking about it. But the biblical holiness you’re quoting verses about has nothing to do with being “high on loving you.” That’s a weird appropriation that doesn’t really fit with the original concept. In the end, this song has nothing to actually do with holiness and seems to be either irreverent or a cheap trick on the part of the writers to get people to listen and scratch their heads long enough to download the tune.

  • Phil

    Freedom of speech all they want. By the christian faith this is sacrilegious. Fortunately for them they are stepping on forgiving Christians and not fanatical Islamist’s. They can recognize their right to free speech and I can recognize my right to not purchase their merchandise. What a shame they are so stupid as to not recognize how sacred the word HOLY is to their musical base which is by the demographics that I have researched primarily Christian. What a shame. I hope that I misinterpret the lyrics but they seem to be clearly about a woman not God. Not surprising though based on most of the other videos I have seen of theirs. Considering how many musical artists there are out there and I find on my local country music station something that has such total disregard for my faith. I would expect it on a heavy metal station, hard rock, or even top 40. Just stunned. Not the first place I expected to hear something so offensive to my faith. It is one of 3 things, they are either:1.) Completely “dissing” and disrespectful of the Christian faith, or 2.) Absolutely Stupid and Ignorant, or 3.) We are all wrong and this is really an awesome God worshiping song that they just need to properly explain to us. My odds are on #2 but it has an appealing melody and (most) lyrics so I really hope for #3.

  • Darla Swinson

    I agree. When this song comes on, I turn off the radio. It offends me. This is a very slippery slope, and God will not be mocked. Best to be safe, and not be blasphemous. If I listen, I am taking part in it, so I don’t listen.

    • Interesting. I listen to understand and to meditate on what is going on inside the writer’s mind. I think it’s okay to listen for that reason. But you should follow your conscience.

  • Kim

    Thanks for this. I started listening to it and was taken aback, like really.. What is this about? Feeling I must be wrong, I Googled it and this came up. Sad that I find myself humming it and I wish I have never heard it. I feel like God would be disappointed.

    • I think God understands that songs get stuck in our head, and the music itself is somewhat nice. If you actually believe what the song says, I’d say that’d be a problem.

  • I have to say you have a good point, but where this song crosses the line is when it says you are my saving grace.

  • I wonder if they used holy 4 times on purpose instead of 3 referring to the trinity? Not sure why though. I love how catchy this song is but I feel bad liking it. :(

  • Jessica

    My niece just sent me a FB clip of Tegan Marie singing this and my spirit didn’t feel right, right off the bat. I continued to listen so that I could secipher it myself and tell my niece but just couldn’t put my finger on it because of the way she sang it – until the end. I totally agree Clifford and am so glad God led me to his website this morning. At first I thought it also had to do with the “getting high” churches – the laughing churches that are a sin. I believe it is a perversion and it is meant to confuse those who are not strong in the Lord to believe they are praising the lord when they sing this song. Maybe it’s flat out blasphemy. It’s disgusting to say the least and to have some child singing it makes it even worse.

  • Jonathan Burden

    The part that makes me the most mad, after he makes her more Holy than God, is when the song turns sexual ” Let me lay you down, Give me to ya” that part makes me the most mad. You just turned a good song that could have been converted into worship easily into a sexual thing. I get it, Sex sells.. But you don’t put these two in the same room together. You don’t go having sexual thoughts in church do you? no.. I converted the song lyrics slightly to make it a worship song. Sue me if you want to FGL, I turn your crap off when this song comes on..

    When the sun had left and the winter came
    And the sky fall could only bring the rain
    I sat in darkness, all broken hearted
    I couldn’t find a day I didn’t feel alone
    I never meant to cry, started losing hope
    But somehow baby, you broke through and saved me
    You’re my God, tell me you’re never leaving
    ‘Cause you’re the first thing I know I can believe in
    You’re holy, holy, holy, holy
    I’m high on loving you, high on loving you
    You’re holy, holy, holy, holy
    I’m high on loving you, high on loving you
    You made the brightest days from the darkest nights
    You’re the river bank where I was baptized
    Cleanse all the demons
    That were killing my freedom
    Lord I lay me down, give me to ya
    Get you singing God, hallelujah
    We’ll be touching, we’ll be touching heaven
    You’re my God, tell me you’re never leaving
    ‘Cause you’re the first thing I know I can believe in
    You’re holy, holy, holy, holy
    I’m high on loving you, high on loving you
    You’re holy, holy, holy, holy
    I’m high on loving you, high on loving you
    I don’t need the stars ’cause you shine for me
    Like fire in my veins, you’re my ecstasy
    You’re my ecstasy
    You’re holy, holy, holy, holy
    I’m high on loving you, high on loving you
    You’re holy, holy, holy, holy
    I’m high on loving you, high on loving you
    You’re the healing hands where it used to hurt
    You’re my saving grace, you’re my kind of church
    You’re holy

    • Jessica C

      How about

      “I never meant to cry, started losing hope
      But because of your power, you broke through and saved me”
      Maybe that breaks the way it sounds – I only saw that girl singing and when you watch her sing it on FB it is kind of weird and I am not poking fun – maybe that’s the way she sings and maybe that’s cool now a days. I don’t know – felt wrong to me…

      Thanks Jonathan I like your version.

    • Haha nice!

  • Sharyn

    I too thought it was about our God, but sadly no. I deleted the song off my phone, a real nice tune though, I’ll probably sing it karaoke but change lyrics to suit singing it to our precious Father in heaven. Only HE is can cleanse your demons, only HE is our saving grace and only HE is Holy.

  • I like Jonathan’s version with two exceptions- instead of “baby” I would insert “Savior” or “Jesus” , and instead of “tell me you’re never leaving” I would change that to “You promised you’re never leaving” or “I know you’re never leaving”…I love Jessica C’s addition, as well. Otherwise, I truly love your version. When I hear it on the radio I mentally sing “You’re Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, God Almighty…..

  • Nicholasa

    God is speaking ,as he Is bringing their pain back before them as they sing . But the deception will be for God’s purpose . Their healing is at hand …God still speaks and we are his purpose and not our own. He is and will use this also for all nations in remembrance of him….. Speaking life and healing into their life in the name of jesus!
    God bless you

  • Sophia

    Yep had to turn it off i thank God for his Holy Spirit that let us know somthing is not right. I thought i was the only one going through that

  • Crystal

    There is only one holy and that is God almighty.this song is wrong on every level.i am no longer a fan and never will be.

  • Crystal

    Florida Georgia line should be ashamed of themselves.there is no one above God.you have chose the wrong road,it leads to destruction.

  • I have heard the song: and read the comments and this was my response:

    Went thru and read a lot of the remarks about this song being disrespectful because it is using HOLY and lyrics of SEX together. I do believe our heavenly FATHER and my Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST are truly HOLY. BUT it’s “those” people that use the word SEX in this video. IF they (FGL) are dedicating this song to their wives whom they TRULY LOVE..like GOD DOES US, and GOD BINDS US in “MARRIAGE”….and that only a HUSBAND AND WIFE should make love to each other (then it’s without sin)….UH you guys getting the picture….HOLY- dedicated to GOD, Sacred………Doesn’t GOD consider marriage to be HOLY, and we should be dedicated to each other (Husband.wife) Sacred to each other…GOD IS LOVE…LOVE IS GOD, I think using HOLY in either way is ok….A song about LOVE…..NOT SEX….A song about being truly in love with their wives…….AMEN to that!!!! I love my wife, and GOD is HOLY….I think the love to my wife to our marriage is HOLY….OUR Marriage is Sacred, and Dedicated to not only to each other but to GOD since he binded us in marriage. AT least this is my humble opinion….THIS SONG IS FANTASTIC, makes me think of my wife, love for her, and just love kindness in general….IN a world of Hate and violence, is this song really so bad?

    and some verses to what I think backs up my statement,,,,I could be way out in left field but:

    Proverbs 5:18-19 18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. 19 A loving doe, a graceful deer— may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love.

    Proverbs 18:22 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.

    Ephesians 5:22-33 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

    Deuteronomy 24:5 5 If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married.

    I figure I have some good words to back up my statement above….lol

    • If this song has a positive aspect for you, then more power to you. It only makes me think of what I wrote above. Therefore, it does no good for me to try to justify it.

  • My other thought would be that when I do hear this, I do THANK GOD for blessing me with my wife…..was she GOD’s purpose on earth (her for me) and was I HIS purpose (me for her) to bring our 2 beautiful children into this world for their purpose…………I belive SATAN is smiling big time with this topic, because all I see with this, is confusion…..people are trying to twist and turn this song…a song about LOVE between a husband and wife, GIFTS from GOD, BINDING MARRIAGE SANCTIONED BY GOD and LOOKED FAVORABLY upon…..LOVE between and wife and Husband is NOT SEX it’s love and is looked favorably by GOD it says so in the bible……I don’t think that those two would sing a song to offend JESUS. or our HEAVENLY FATHER….think from the heart sometimes……I THINK this song HONORS GOD/JESUS in the highest….

    if you want to post stuff to offend GOD.., just turn on the radio, almost all songs out there today (MOSTLY BY YOUNG TEENS) are about SEX not LOVE……again just my humble opinion.

    • I mean, if the problem you have with music is that it’s about sex, not love, look no further than Florida Georgia Line’s other songs. :)

  • I love this song for reasons I’m not sure I even understand or can communicate in words. But I’ll try. I get the subtle (and not-so subtle) references to church/ religion. I was a part of that institution for many years. I get the obvious references to a physical relationship–that in itself is beautiful. I may be reading into things here, but I don’t think this song is a deliberate jab at religion; nor is it merely a song about a man and a woman. To me this song seems to be a blend of the two, a reference to the god in all of us, the divinity, the perfection of all humans, and the holiness of love in all its many forms. I ‘know’ this based on feeling because when the chorus comes on I’m instantly lifted to a higher high than I ever felt in church and the object of my attention at that moment may be my husband, whom I adore, or it may be the setting sun, or a child playing in the park. I just LOVE this song and am thankful to FGL for sharing such an inspiring piece of work!

    • Well, I’m glad you liked it. And I think you’re right to an extent–that it is about the divine in the physical. But from where I’m coming from, I think it comes across a tad blasphemous even still. That doesn’t mean these guys are terrible or anything, just something to think about.

  • DEBBY CROWSER

    Right on! I couldn’t of said it better.

  • Lora

    If people listened better the song Only means The woman saved his life here on earth and he’s very thankful for her

  • Such an awesome reply.

  • Yvonne Khasho-Mishail

    I so agree!!! what a blasphemous song!!! So disappointed!!

  • Yvonne Khasho-Mishail

    Agree!

  • Jason Joseph

    I feel torn because as a Christian and a musician, my music shows love to my Lord… These words, although creatively written, can easily confuse a non-believer into thinking that others can be just as holy as HE is. That is not true. The beat, the tonality, and the tune itself is catchy and beautiful, although, I have to agree that referring to something, or someone other than Jesus Christ, is wrong and ill-thought out. God bless everyone on here, and here’s to more great music that really does show His holiness!

    • Thanks for sharing, Jason.

    • Daniel Torres

      The church which is used is also referred to as the Bride and she’s h9ly under the Holy covenant of marriage so duh it’s about marriage

      • Abney Parchman

        Never in this song does it say or infer anything about marriage. If we want to take this song literally with the H.O.L.Y. acronym then this woman being sang about is high on loving herself as the lyrics go “You’re Holy”. This song is a prose to a guy falling in love and lusting over a girl, not a symbolic song of the Bride of Christ as the Church cause I think we all know that “sayin hallelujah” in that context implies lots of sexual intrigue.

  • Jo Ann

    Amen !

  • George

    Song is pagan in nature and meant to be a blasphemy against God

    • I think “meant” may be too strong.

    • Daniel Torres

      Incorrect

  • Grant

    The first time I heard this song I knew it was worshiping satan. The sad thing is, I doubt that its writers a singers actually realize what they are doing. Any discerning Christian should know upon one listen the true nature of this song. I cringe to think of the christians who unknowingly sing along with it’s catchy chorus. In the Bible the three “holy holy holy” was meant to worship the trinity, Father Son and Holy spirit. Its interesting that it appears three times in this song and is obviously worshipping a counterfeit. I am not fooled and I don’t want anyone else to be either. I have made this same mistake with music many times before I was a mature discerning christian. I write this with all humility. Please consider what you are listening to and who you are worshipping when you do. God Bless

    • Worship is a purposeful activity, so I think it’s impossible to worship Satan without realizing it. If you don’t realize it, it doesn’t count for much. Cheers!

    • Daniel Torres

      I’m a true Christians and a discerning one and I have to tell you you’re wrong like all those fakes who say “you can’t be vegan and Christian, you can’t do music and be Christian, you can rap and be Christian”. Another I’ve heard a lot is that God is with the husband and wife in the bedroom, completely false, that’s there room there time and He stays at the door according to Scriptures. Scriptures also say we are to love the wife as Christ loves the church which is used, our other name is the Bride which is ahem Holy. This song is about the Holy covenant po for marriage

  • Grant

    I certainly agree with you. Thanks Jason

  • Kamini Narine

    awwwwww I love this song. It carries so much meaning for my husband and I, we danced to this song at our wedding on July 31, 2016. This is our wedding song!

    It perfectly captures our history, connections and what we mean to each other’s future………….. I have not focused on the religious aspect but rather the raw and detailed connection to reality. Thank you for crafting and delivering on HOLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Andrew

    As a poet/writer, I have always enjoyed writing using parallels or figurative language. Now, I do understand how people can view things, and my opinion isn’t meant to be disrespectful; and I believe this song wasn’t meant to be disrespectful either. First and foremost, I have been in the shoes of this song. A bad relationship had me depressed 13 years. This is definitely a song that relates to how I feel about my fiancé. Take all of those religious references and what they mean to a Christian in his walk with God, now apply them to love/relationships. The writer is choosing these references that are vital to us as Christians, references he knows mean so much to us, and using them to explain how he feels about his new found love..not so much a replacement but a parallel. Thinking about my relationships, my girl definitely somehow broke in and saved me, can be said to be my saving grace in the way that she did so, she gracefully saved me. Staying in the context of parallel, as a person becomes a Christian and grows in the Lord, they realize that He is finally something they can believe in. This is a profound parallel because it means more than believe. We believed in things others than Christ, but once we knew Him, we knew that we could trust in him. This parallels to the song in the sense that he finally finds something he can believe in. In other something he can trust in believing in, if that makes sense, trust in believing in. My fiancé is exactly that to me…finally I can believe in this! So yea, parallels. In the case of this song, Christianity and love/relationships. Genius! Again, I don’t think the writer did it with the intention of offending or being blasphemous. Could I be wrong? Yes, but I don’t think I am. My fiancé doesn’t replace God in my life, but in comparison to my other relationships she is so much higher, greater, better…far above any woman I’ve ever been with. In comparison to my other relationships she is #1, the best of the best, no contest the most amazing woman I’ve ever had at my side. In the context of parallels, she is holy, because she is set apart from my past relationships. Though people shy from the topic sex/ lovers is in the bible. As Christians, we know hallelujah is “the highest praise. In the context of parallels, he is saying let me give myself to you and be the best lover you ever had, and she’d in essence be giving him the highest compliments/praise in that aspect. What else in the bible would say that better? In my personal experience, her love gave me life, and so I understand him saying like a fire in my veins you’re my ecstasy. To be a person who gives up on relationships and then to find a love that revives you and makes you feel like: for the first time I can believe in this… Wow! Words cannot explain! I see why he chooses such powerful, profound, religious references in this song. You have to experience it to understand how unexplainable it really is! In the context of parallels, a born again Christian begins his relationship with God on fire for God 10 times out of 10. Loving God and pleasing him is so fulfilling. It becomes their emphasis, their reason for existing…it is the best feeling ever. It can be said of them that they are high on loving Him. And so, this feeling, sensation, or gratification if you will is paralleled to how an addict feels who is high. I’m not offended by the song at all. God, can obviously see the writer’s heart, and knows why he wrote it this way; but this is my view of the song. It is taking the best things in Christianity, and using them in a parallel application to explain a love that is otherwise unexplainably the best love he’s known in his relationships.
    Now, my opinion, is just that my opinion. It is not to counter your commentary, nor is to say you’re wrong and I’m right. I can say with certain that what you’ve said and how you’ve broken down the song makes sense. I get it. I understand it. I’m not writing with the intent of being against anyone. I’m just sharing my point of view with you. God bless you all, including FGL! If you are genuinely offended I’d say 1) as a Christian, truly forgive them for offending you; and 2) remember that Paul teaches us to listen to everything, accept/ hold onto the good, and discard/throw away the bad.

    • Grant

      Andrew, I understand your perspective on this. I have tried to look at this from every angle, but I still cringe when I hear the song. I think maybe another source of friction for me in this matter is that a topic such as “holiness” or the way I describe Christ has found its way into a cheap country song and presented as metaphor of something else. I don’t listen to FGL that much but what I have heard is surface level silly topics like drinking, partying, fishin holes, and jacked up trucks sung by two guys who in no other case I can find, promote anything Holy. Even this song has the same old sex, drugs, and general fakeness as all their other stuff. It’s hard for me to listen to all those songs about pop culture nonsense (although catchy and appealing) and then be expected to accept this song as a deep metaphor or parallel to true love. I agree with Andrew that the writers were trying to make a profound statement, and probably didn’t mean for it to be blasphemous. However as a fellow writer for many years, I know that professional writers are in search of the perfect hook, pun, or spin to make the perfect country song. They stumbled onto a doozy with this one and really crossed the line for me as a Christian. As a writer I have tried many ways to compare good and bad, heaven and hell, saints and sinners, and the list goes on. Every time I tried to throw a line about God into a secular country song to be clever and profound, it cheapened God. As I listen to my old music I regret this. In this FGL song no glory is given to God and a characteristic only He has is given to something else. It even goes so far as to say this “replacement” baptized him and saved him from demons. Hallelujah is then used to worship an angel! The Bible condemns angel worship. Only one angel in the Bible allowed himself to be worshipped and his name is satan. I suspect he is the very one being worshipped in this song. I realize some people may give this an “eye roll” but this is how many discerning Christians will view this. I believe it is the true nature of the song and is deceiving to its listeners. Thanks for your thoughts and the debate on this.

      • Daniel Torres

        Disagree as a true Christian and musician and writer slash poet there was nothing blasphemous in this song.
        Marriage is describes as a holy covenant, and we are as men to love the wife like Christmas loves the church, us, which we see described as a holy bride. So as a true Christian who is discerning and not being deceived to believe lies, you’re wrong, just like those people that say music can’t be done by a Christian or a chri see tian can’t rap

    • Thanks, Andrew. Great perspective and well argued. Yeah, I don’t really see a need for a fight here. It sounds like we have different feelings about the song, and I respect the fact that you were able to get something beautiful out of a song that I wasn’t able to. Props to you and best of everything.

  • Grant Sparks

    I see your point but still a slap in God’s face. I still say it’s a cheap I’ll conceived metaphor, and certainly not “intentionally” worshipping God. He alone is Holy. Thanks

    • I agree that it’s a pretty bad song.

    • Daniel Torres

      Great song. As a musician and writer I aprecise the creativity that the many lack, to compare something garbage like relegion to a woman and marriage which God says is Holy. This song is right on, the Scriptures say a man is to love his wife like Christmas loves the church and He sees the church, us, Holy

  • MEM

    Wonderful explanation. It is not intended as a word, but in today’s word an acronym for HIGH ON LOVING YOU. Hence, we see the use of periods between letters. Everyone taking offense to this song is making it into something both the writers and singers never intend or imply. Relax people. Enjoy the melody and song for showing that they can express love towards a woman without criticism and judgment.

    Everyone texts and acronyms virtually everything. Therefore, Florida Georgia Line is just using the ways of the current generation in their song choice. Btw- They initially turned down recording the song, but couldn’t get the melody and song out of their heads, so they recorded it.

  • Susan c Ervin

    I would sing the song when it came on. And for some reason i felt the Holy spirit tell me to look up the song,and see what it really meant and I must say I’m very disappointed in Florida Georgia Line I really like all the other songs but I have to say from here on out I will change the station and not listen to the song may God bless you all

    • Daniel Torres

      I don’t get why youre upset, religion is stupid and sucks, that’s from a real Christian who reads and sees that religion is not of God. Song is great and they are still Christian

  • Thanks David. I whole-heartedly agree with you.

  • Thanks for your comment as I heard this for the first time tonight and suggested it as possible first dance for my daughter’s upcoming wedding.

  • I agree with you. Marriage is a HOLY Sacrament. There is NOTHING blasphemous or sacrilegious with this song.

  • Completely agree!