Hozier told The Sun about this track's meaning: "It's a song about idolizing somebody from a distance," he said. "I wrote it jokingly from the perspective of the devil."
Hozier expanded on the song to The Sunday Telegraph: "'From Eden' is spoken from the Devil's point of view," he explained. "I always loved in blues music how the Devil can be a character who walks and talks. So awful is your state that it seems to be a presence around you."
"I don't really spend time thinking about the nature of God," he added, "but I'm interested in what people say about God, how it is used to control people and change policies in the physical realm."
Asked during a Reddit AMA what he was thinking about when he wrote the song, Hozier replied: "I kind of play around with the idea that the song is sang by the snake. That it's the devil looking longingly at something he desires - for everything that he does not have."