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Hallelujah Lyrics

Artist: Jeff Buckley
Album: Grace

(L. Cohen)
Originally contained in Leonard Cohen's Various Positions

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 overthrough ya
She tied you to her kitchen chair
She broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Baby I've been here before
I've seen this room and I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew ya
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
But love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken 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
But remember when I moved in you
And the holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Well, maybe there's a God above
But all I've ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya
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...
Comments/Interpretations
by Jessi on 5/14/2008 3:28pm
Kate voegele sings it BETTER
by christina on 5/15/2008 5:00pm
I agree. Kate Voegele sings it a whole lot better!
by sham on 5/22/2008 1:17pm
jason castro song it better
by Koko on 6/7/2008 8:42pm
Yes i love the way Kate Voegele sings it also!
by emma on 7/2/2008 1:15pm
she has such a pretty voice!
in one hour im gonna go see her sing!
im sooo excited!
by emily on 7/3/2008 2:32pm
i totally love this song and its smart and deep and well thought out lyrics its genuis and i also really like the way jeff buckley sings it
by JoAnne on 7/5/2008 8:00pm
I love the way Jeff Buckley sings it. It is awesome the way it reaches way down and touches your soul. That's what his version does to me. I have heard his version on both E.R. and Without a Trace television shows.
by Stephanie on 7/18/2008 1:55pm
I love the way Kate Voegele sings it she has such an amazing voice and one tree hill is the best :D:D
by Nikole Jordyn Nevin on 7/28/2008 6:44am
Kurt nilsen, Espen Lind, Askil holm og nd Alejandro fuentes sing this song perfectly!!
by Donna on 8/3/2008 8:41am
Have a new artist you all might want to check out, Hana Pestle at Hana Pestle.com she sings this song with such feeling and her voice is amazing, she's touring w Blues Traveler, Live, Collective Soul, went to this concert, gifted young woman, also belts Janis Joplin tunes. Give her a listen.
by Emily on 8/18/2008 9:52pm
Listen to Brandi Carlile's cover---it is beautiful, haunting and will give you chill bumps.
by jordan on 10/12/2008 10:36pm
You are all morons, Jeff Buckleys version is by far the best out of the many attempts at this song. Cohen's lyrics are incredible but Buckley deserves the credit for making this song such a classic. His version is number 250 in Rolloing Stones top 500 songs of all time, pretty conclusive evidence that Buckleys version is superior. His lyrical guitar work and the falsetto at the end of the song combined is the most beautifully haunting musical arrangement i have ever heard.
by Hanr on 11/30/2008 9:09am
Kate voegele doesnt sing it better. Sorry but i really think jeff does it the best, i can listen to him sing it so many times, but with kate voegele i really cant, she makes it way to fancy and seems to try to hard, pushing her voice out or whatever.

Jeff buckleys version is the best.
by Sandra on 12/7/2008 8:17pm
The Kate Voegele version is majestic...
by JB on 12/14/2008 7:14am
No way! Jeff Buckley's Version Is Awesome!!!!!!!!!
by Mister P on 12/22/2008 3:36am
Leonard sings it, Jeff sang it......now leave it be.......
by -_- on 1/4/2009 8:34pm
ok seriously this is getting annoying.. this is jeff buckley- classic this isnt Kate Voegele so seriously go oogle over her lyrics than this one
by Jenna on 1/16/2009 10:59am
Best version. !!
by Oliver William Sharpe on 2/6/2009 1:10pm
I looked 4 this song all over the net then I found it here its really awesome.I heard it first on the x factor alexandra burke 2008.
by Megan on 2/6/2009 4:54pm
i agree Jeffs is better.
but savanna milbee on you tube does an amazing cover version.

by CF on 6/26/2009 8:21am
Bon Jovi's version is the best
by marg on 10/1/2009 4:40am
can any of you explain the meaning of this song PLEASE
by christian on 10/7/2009 4:17am
alexandra burke version is amazing i think is the best as she got nice voice
by Shannan on 1/17/2010 2:37pm
I love this song
by anna on 1/26/2010 11:14am
its not posibble to fell unhappy or sad after singing or listening to this song (=
by robert on 1/30/2010 6:33pm
did anyone hear Justin Timerlake & Charlie Sexton sing it on the Haiti telethon? they did a great job, you can download it on itunes and the money goes to help Haiti
by CiCi on 2/12/2010 10:52pm
Just heard KD Lang sing it at the Olympic Opening Ceremony!! Awesome! I also heard the "Canadian Tenors" sing it on Oprah and they have a great version also.
by Betsy on 2/20/2010 10:13pm
Can someone give a definitive meaning of the lyrics please?
(a Leonard Cohen fan from the early 70's- still searching for the meaning) I'd love to hear it in Leonard's own "voice."

Thank you
by Kat on 2/25/2010 9:43am
Jeff Buckley's version is the most sincere, my opinion the best cover. It's almost poetic considering Jeff's death.
by Serquan on 10/12/2010 12:42pm
Jeff Buckley's version is the best
by Ducky on 11/19/2010 6:28pm
I have to say her voice and they way she sings this song is amazing
by kitty gina on 8/20/2011 7:43am
the song is rily 9ice
by joe pavz on 1/7/2012 7:10pm
jeff buckley is the only person that that tore my heart apart with this song amazing like his father Tim with his song Dolphins 'on his album greetings from LA try it you will love it


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