"Hallelujah" as written by Roger Frederick Cook and Roger John Reginald Greenaway....

I am a preacher with a message for my people
Over the world, scratching on the ground
Looking for the peace that nobody has found

I am a spokesman for a better way of living
Love is the word and it can be heard
If you are young the message can be sung

Let me hear you sing,

Oh, tell it to the man who's power is the sermon on the wall
Tell it to the man who says you can misjudge them all
Tell it 'till it can be heard above the wailing of the crowd
Tell it on the field of war and hope you'll soon be justified

There is a better way of life and it's not so hard to find
If you live and let the people in your world speak it's mind

I am the pupil who sells his life for freedom
All over the world and it can be heard
If you are young the message can be sung


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"Hallelujah" as written by Roger John Reginald Greenaway Roger Frederick Cook

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    General CommentThis was the first song Ian Gillan and Roger Glover featured on. It was recorded with the Mk I lineup in the morning and then Mk II later in the day. Ritchie Blackmore decided that Mk II had so much more potential, finalising his decision to fire Nick Simper and Rod Evans.
    WokCreationson April 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe decision to fire Evans & Simper had already been finalized by the time this track was recorded, just Evans & Simper hadn't been informed that they were out yet! I'm not sure if the MkI lineup ever recorded a version of this track (I know that studio time was booked for MkI to reportedly try and put together a version of "Hallelujah") or not - I lean toward 'not', but have no irrefutable evidence either way - but there's absolutely no doubt that the then-fledgling MkII lineup certainly did! Despite both Gillan's & Glover's reservations reagrding the song, after it had received the 'Blackmore/Lord' treatment it took on a whole new dynamic that the original composers probably never envisioned, let alone intended!
    Gillan's scream, approximately a minute-and-a-half into the track, was a monumental moment in Deep Purple's musical history - a signpost at the beginning of a whole new era for Deep Purple!
    MrEd48on June 16, 2006   Link

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