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Hallelujah

03/12/2012

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

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

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 a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah

[1984 version lyrics, on The Leonard Cohen Files]

Baby, I’ve been here before.
I know this room, I’ve walked this floor.
I used to live alone before I knew you.

Yeah I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch,
But listen, love is not some kind of victory march,
No it’s a cold and it’s a very broken Hallelujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, (Hallelujah…)

There was a time you let me know
What’s really going on below,
Ah but now you never show it to me, do you?

Yeah but I remember, yeah when I moved in you,
And the holy dove, she was moving too,
Yes every single breath that we drew was Hallelujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

Maybe there’s a God above,
As for me, all I’ve ever seemed to learn from love
Is how to shoot at someone who outdrew you.

Yeah but it’s not a complaint that you hear tonight,
It’s not the laughter of someone who claims to have seen the light
No it’s a cold and it’s a very lonely Hallelujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

I did my best, it wasn’t much.
I couldn’t feel, so I learned to touch.
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come all this way to fool you.

Yeah even tough it all went wrong
I’ll stand right here before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my lips but Hallelujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

[1988 version lyrics, on The Leonard Cohen Files]

[youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJTiXoMCppw]Leonard Cohen

[youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSPUTUGtmH0]Amy Macdonald Live at AVO Session in Basel 17-11-2008

[youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIF4_Sm-rgQ]Jeff Buckley Original Studio Version

[youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYiMJ2bC65A]kd lang LIVE at CSHF 2006

[youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIMOdVXAPJ0]Allison Crowe

[youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQK4YfiPj1Q]Rufus Wainwright Live At The Fillmore

[youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah58t5YZr7U]Canadian Tenors and Celine Dion

[youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg9osCVIZ58]Neil Diamond

[youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=DinEKqtCDkg]John Cale

[youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=k29JxVCKBBM]Kate Voegele

[youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5Hyc5_Bwis]Alexandra Burke

* ‘The Holy Or The Broken’ By Alan Light Traces Odd Journey Of Leonard Cohen’s Song ‘Hallelujah’

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