Hozier - Nina Cried Power ft. Mavis Staples

  • Published on:  9/12/2018
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    I’m very proud to present the video for 'Nina Cried Power', directed by Jon Hozier-Byrne and Patrick Ryan.

    This song was intended as a thank you note to the spirit and legacy of protest; to the artists who imbued their work with the vigour of dissent, and a reflection on the importance of that tradition in the context of the rights, and lives, we enjoy today. My hope for this video is much the same.

    Ireland has undergone a socio-cultural sea change, the results of which will benefit generations to come. We are witness to a new Ireland waking to the consciousness of itself; a kinder, more inclusive nation. This video is an attempt to acknowledge just a handful of those who have fought for this new Ireland, and whose work continues to inspire me.

    Thank you to Christina Noble, for showing the limitlessness of human kindness, and its ability to achieve the seemingly impossible.

    Thank you to Bernadette McAliskey and Eamon McCann, who fought for the bitterly-resisted equal right to vote, and who bore witness to atrocity and would not be silenced.

    Thank you to Joe Caslin, who literally coated Dublin city itself with reflections on our capacity for compassion as a people.

    Thank you to Saoirse Long, whose honesty revealed not only our own failures as a people, but laid bare the true face of what barred the way of progress for women’s reproductive rights.

    Thank you to Panti Bliss, who remains a leading voice advocating for inclusion, and a standard-bearer for the new Ireland we are watching unfold.

    Thank you to Victoria Chimera for fighting tirelessly for equal opportunities in education.

    Thank you to Anna Cosgrave, who provided real leadership to my generation, and brought new widespread visibility to the issue of reproductive rights.

    Thank you to Simone George for her indelible spirit, and for fighting injustice in its many forms.

    Thank you to Grace Dyas whose decisions in work and life give to us an example of bravery and conscience.

    Thank you to Sinéad Burke for pushing tirelessly for inclusivity in her industry and beyond.

    Thank you to Maria Walsh for using her platform to promote gender equality, and the right for everyone to love who they love.

    Thank you to Colm O’Gorman, for his unwavering dedication to human rights and his fearless speaking of truth to power.

    Thank you to Ellie Kisyombe for reminding us of the meaning of home.

    Thank you to Stephen Rea for the work he does both for UNICEF, and for Ireland itself.

    Thank you to Sam Blanckensee for their important work on gender recognition legislation.

    Thank you to Florence Adebambo and Aaron Edo for reminding us of the bright future that awaits those who have joined us from afar, and how that future needs to be fought for.

    Thank you to Blessings Moyo and Lucky Khambule for reminding us how much further we have to go, and how we must strive to do better.

    Thank you to Mavis Staples, for giving to the world a timeless example of how worthwhile the raising of one’s voice is, in song and in protest.

    Thank you to you all for your work, for joining us on set and allowing us to play you the song for the first time. You are all truly inspirational figures, and this video is for you.

    Find out more about the Activists featured in the Nina Cried Power video https://Hozier.lnk.to/ninacriedpoweractivists


  • LyricalGenes (Sep 13, 2018)

    *Glad to see this is trending*

  • MICHAEL Murphy (4 days ago)


  • Marian Harnett (Dec 8, 2018)

    The song

  • TurtleKing777 (Sep 30, 2018)

    It says a lot about your ability as an artist when minimalist music videos still show the deep complexities of your craft and the subject matter you are tackling

  • Lixi i (Feb 9, 2019)

    TurtleKing777 true. Not relaying on too much visuals to convey his messages. Brilliant.

  • Belen Medina (Jan 8, 2019)


  • really regular (Sep 22, 2018)

    I am dying for the behind the scenes of this ? Can we please receive? Like the people's thoughts and comments (if these were their genuine unscripted reactions 🌻)

  • PsychedelicPegasus (Dec 18, 2018)

    @Torridollhouse I checked out your youtube channel after seeing your comment. Instant subscribe :) You're awesome.

  • AlexanderMccarthey87 (Dec 12, 2018)

    +SamSings I know of several, specifically the female impersonator. They are genuinely activists, and a lot of them aren't capable of faking that.

  • Devy (Sep 17, 2018)

    For anyone interested the in order of mention follows:Nina SimoneBillie HollidayMavis StaplesCurtis MayfieldPatti LaBelleJohn LennonJames BrownB.B. KingJoni MitchellPete SeegerMarvin GayeMillie JacksonBob DylanWoody Guthrie

  • jonathan l (Jan 26, 2019)

    Robert Gerard sands cried power

  • Jason Umbrellabird (Jan 19, 2019)

    +LaydayEruanna Ha

  • Kenechi Okeke (Dec 28, 2018)


  • afrose71 (Feb 5, 2019)

    +злодейский Ломбардо = Russian/Trump troll

  • AlexRejba (Feb 5, 2019)

    +злодейский Ломбардо You're a moron

  • Iris (Sep 12, 2018)

    For those who aren't aware, the people in the video are Irish activist hearing the song for the first time

  • I thought I saw Stephen Rea in there somewhere, who's an actor/activist.

  • SupaAfroMan (Feb 10, 2019)


  • Janko Andrijasevic (Sep 16, 2018)

    how many of us around the globe have cried listening to this song and watching this video? nothing touches more poignantly that shared humanity. send your tears from wherever you are. i am sending mine from niksic, montenegro

  • Yvette Wingate (8 hours ago)

    Florida, United States.

  • marceladpc (Feb 6, 2019)

    Tears from Colombia.

  • RockeraMJ (Sep 26, 2018)

    [Verse 1: Hozier]It's not the waking, it's the risingIt is the grounding of a foot uncompromisingIt's not forgoeing of the lieIt's not the opening of eyesIt's not the waking, it's the rising[Verse 2: Hozier]It's not the shade, we should be past itIt's the light, and it's the obstacle that casts itIt's the heat that drives the lightIt's the fire it ignitesIt's not the waking, it's the rising[Verse 3: Hozier]It's not the song, it is the singingIt's the hearing of a human spirit ringingIt...

  • Thalita Vaz (Jan 7, 2019)

  • RockeraMJ You are awesome, thank you.

  • Kathryn McKeown (Jan 4, 2019)

    Not that long ago, Hozier was doing a gig in a bar in my town. The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Ireland. He had released Take Me To Church. It was plain to see he'd go on to bigger & better things. This man speaks from his own heart to everyones hearts. He is a shining example of how much our little country has progressed in recent times. We are proud of him and proud of Ireland, the country where it genuinely doesn't matter what colour, creed, gender, sexuality, age or social status you are, everyone he...

  • masonmedia (Feb 4, 2019)

    Thank-you for posting this comment, Kathryn. On a day when I needed a little bit of inspiration, you helped to provide it.

  • Elizabeth Rose (Oct 29, 2018)

    "It's not the war but what's behind it. Oh the fear of fellow man is near assignment and everything that we're denied by keeping the divide; It's not the waking, it's the rising." I felt that to my core.