Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Composed by Canadian poet-songwriter-singer, Leonard Cohen, Hallelujah is one of the greatest songs of all times. Originally 80 verses long, the lyrics are actually poetry set to music and it took Cohen almost five years to perfect.

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Cohen was ripped off by a former manager who sold the publishing rights to his music including the amazing Hallelujah. He became a Zen Buddhist, retreated from the world and turned his back on music for ten years. He has been forced to face his public, however, and toured the world when he was 73.

His career spans 50 years and he will go down in history as one of the greatest poets of our time.

Now that you know a little about the composer, it's time to listen to the AMAZING Alexandra Burke. Tell me if you've heard of anyone who sings Hallelujah better than Ms. Burke!

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

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Maybe there's a God above
But all I've ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at somebody who will throw you
It's not a cry you can hear at night
It's not somebody who has seen the light
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I didn’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

Note: I added the other verses. I think the words are beautiful!

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