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"Hallelujah"

16 November 2009

Written by Leonard Cohen. These are the most popular verses, but there are around 80 that Cohen sung throughout his career.

I heard there was a secret chord,
That David played, and it pleased the Lord,
But you don’t really care for music, do ya?
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

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, she cut your hair,
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah.
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

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

There was a time when you let me know
What’s really going on below,
But now you never show that to me, do ya?
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

Maybe there’s a God above
And all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot someone who outdrew ya.
It’s not a cry that you hear at night,
It’s not somebody who’s seen in the light:
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Some of the best versions of the song are listed here below:

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