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k.d. lang Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) Lyrics

Last updated: 04/11/2010 11:00:00 AM

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 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

Well, your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
And 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

Well 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 ya
And I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Our 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 ya
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’s a God above
But all I've ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya
And It's not a cry that you hear at night
It's not someone who's seen the light
It's a cold and its a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah...

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Spectacular | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/8/10

Truly a magnificent peace of work, any who attempt to tell me that the whole thing is not religous clearly sees things through a haze. My favorite part is 'She broke your throne and she cut your hair, And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah'. Some will tell you this is sexual, I disagree completly. Breaking his throne clearly symbolizes that he is losing his power, he is no longer the only one who makes decisions in his life. Such is the way it is when you enter a relatinship. Cutting his hair I think clearly relates to Sampson. Again, losing his power but perhaps for a more sinister motive than love, perhaps lust. Lust mistaken for love, more appropriatley. I think anyone that hears this song has a different interpration, however.

Lament in 2010 | Reviewer: daryl | 2/14/10

Here in Montreal we say:
Bonne nouvelle pour la métropole-
The Gospel is that I am far worse than I imagine and simultaneously more loved and accepted by God than I ever dared hope for.(Tim Keller) Leonard, you say it all in this song. Jesus says it all by being an undeserving criminal and being the only human taking our place in post Fall 'achievement'. One greater than David has come.k.d. Lang appropriately sings this as a woman of Jerusalem weeping for ourselves and our children.