Leonard Cohen ~ Hallelujah ~ your interpretation?

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  1. GaNewChick

    GaNewChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    McDonough, Ga.
    A beautiful song written by Leonard Cohen and performed by many wonderful artists. This is Jeff Buckley's lyrics ... also included is a beautiful scaled down version of the Canadian Tenors with a surprise appearance of Celine Dion.

    Your thoughts?




    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
    She broke your throne and she cut your hair
    And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah

    Baby I've been here before
    I've seen this room and I've walked this floor
    You know, I used to live alone before I knew you
    I've seen your flag on the marble arch
    And 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?
    But remember when I moved in you
    And the holy dove was moving too
    And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah

    Maybe there is 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
     
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Love that song. I have JB's version along with KD Lang's, Il Divo, and I hate to admit it, Jason Castro's.

    The song is painful, dark, and questions faith but what Cohen was thinking when he wrote it eludes me.

    Gonna go listen to the Tenor's version..: [​IMG]
     
  3. GaNewChick

    GaNewChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    McDonough, Ga.
    I love KD Lang's as well. I've read the lyrics many times...and am myself, unsure as to the meaning. I also love the Il Divo ... what 3 or 4 different languages in that one?
     
  4. AhBee01

    AhBee01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
    yo. ohio
    I love Leonard Cohen the best, but KD Lang's Is great! I enjoyed the Canadian Tenors as well! But the one that surprised me the most was Bon Jovi's!

     
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  5. HaikuHeritageFarm

    HaikuHeritageFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rufus Wainwright's version and the original run neck and neck for me.

    I'm thinking it has a lot to do with the difficulties of love, and how sometimes you can love people that are really bad for you, but love is still beautiful, sometimes more so when it's tortured.

    That's always the way I feel when I listen to it, anyway. Especially the original.
     
  6. GaNewChick

    GaNewChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    McDonough, Ga.
    Quote:That one is one of favorite versions too ... and of course he is easy on the eyes too. I heard Bon Jovi in an interview one time talking about the first time he heard Jeff Buckley singing this in a little mom and pop bar ~ and the effect it had on him.

    Thanks for posting the link.
     
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