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    The pronunciation of "worship" in Hozier's Take me to church

    Hi there, I'm tring to learn to sing Hozier's "Take me to church", in which there is one sentence of which the singer's pronunciation I don't understand. In the sheet music the sentence is "Take me to church. I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies.", but I feel the singer pronounces "I'll worship" somewhat differently, could you help me transcirbe Hozier's pronunciation? I attach a mp3 file for you. Thank you.
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    Re: The pronunciation of "worship" in Hozier's Take me to church

    The second syllable was shorter than some people pronounce it but that's not uncommon.
    Last edited by Tdol; 10-Apr-2016 at 12:46. Reason: shoter -> shorter

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    Re: The pronunciation of "worship" in Hozier's Take me to church

    Singers often have to condense or expand things to fit the tune. Sing it to fit the tune, ignoring what dictionaries say, and you will get it right. It's music and the tune comes first.

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    Re: The pronunciation of "worship" in Hozier's Take me to church

    From a singing teacher, I'd say that you should make them both schwa sounds - so /wəɹʃəp/. They're both on unstressed syllables on the rhythm of the track, so you don't need to make them bigger than that. The only thing up for debate is the /ɹ/ before 'ship'. He says it, being an Irishman with a slightly Americanised singing voice. But you don't necessarily need to.
    Last edited by Tdol; 15-Apr-2016 at 17:17.

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