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Hallelujah
Song

Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen
Album:
Various Positions

Song meaning of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, and what it is about


The song commences with scripture and concludes with a confession from a broken man, holding onto the one word with any hope left in it for him. “I wanted to indicate that Hallelujah can come out of things that have nothing to do with religion,” Cohen said, who wrote the original song.


“The only moment that you can live here comfortably in these absolutely irreconcilable conflicts is in this moment when you embrace it all and you say, ‘Look, I don’t understand a fucking thing at all — Hallelujah!'” Cohen said. “That’s the only moment that we live here fully as human beings.”


The song was famously later covered by John Cale, Jeff Buckley, and Bob Dylan.


According to Cohen, there were 150 draft verses; this assertion is supported by his notebooks, which contain numerous modifications and additions, as well as by contemporary interviews.


Song Lyrics of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen


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

Release Date

1984

Songwriter/s

Leonard Cohen

Producer/s

John Lissauer

Label/s

Columbia

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