Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen in London Concert, 2009

Released in 1984, Hallelujah has become one of Leonard Cohen’s best known songs.  Sung by many wonderful artists such as K.D. Lang, Rufus Wainwright and of course Jeff Buckley, no one can sing it like Leonard himself.

The song mixes Leonard’s thoughts about love, sex, religion, depression, and the music itself, with Biblical references to King David as well as Samson and Delilah.

Here’s the first two verses:


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 in 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

I ask you to endure the painful 30 seconds of advertisement on the front of the video.  This clip from Cohen’s 2009 London Concert is such a masterpiece, it’s worth the awful intrusion of the ad.

About Wayne to the Max

Active writer, dancer, traveler, Christian and father, aviation enthusiast, photographer, music lover and a DJ, hiker, Harley driver and fine wine drinker. My digital photo artist page: www.WayneToTheMax.com
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5 Responses to Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

  1. I absolutely LOVE Leonard Cohen!!!

  2. One of the most powerful expressions of love and loss ever written into lyrics. And you’re right; this performance is worth waiting through the ad.

  3. erinparker75 says:

    love that song. powerful lyrics.
    and hey! weren’t you supposed to send me your short story to read? (tapping my foot…)

  4. reddiamondd says:

    Good post. Congratulations!

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