Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen again! Well – this year’s outstanding experience for me was seeing him live in Manchester. Two articles in today’s Guardian are provoked by the tussle for the No. 1 spot between two versions of Hallelujah:

  • As usual, an excellent discussion by Laura Barton – of both Hallelujah and Anthem (see yesterday).
  • Mark Lawson is good on the ‘double life’ of the song.

Comparing different versions on YouTube:

  • kd lang
  • Leonard himself on the 2008 tour in Copenhagen, July

And the lyric:

Well I heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
Well it goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Well Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
she tied you to her kitchen chair
And she broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Well baby I’ve been here before
I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Well there was a time when you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show that to me do you?
And remember when I moved in you?
And the holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Well maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
And it’s not a cry that you hear at night
It’s not somebody who’s seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

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2 thoughts on “Hallelujah

  1. I love this song. Painful beauty.

    I’m enjoying your blog. :-)

    How come I’m not finding any comments? Do you need more chatty readers? I could pass your link on, but don’t want to do that if I stumled onto a quiet private blog by accident.

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