"Hallelujah" as written by and Christopher Smart (pd) Bejamin Britten....
And we go a day, not believing god
The gray skies fell, we felt the pressure drop
And we were feeling down
Some eyes were looking down at us
The souls that made the call
The judge what when they spoke said, not at all
The words that came made not a sound
A mouth said, not a sound at all
What sheldon said, we wrote a book
And rearranged the size and forms to look like something understood
Like something we had seen before
And waiting pent, save, sad, and look
Up to the stars and counting all the suns and all the moons
How sad it was that we could not believe

And everyone who believes
And everyone who believes
And they said,
We all said hallelujah
We all said hallelujah
And everyone moves around with ease
And everyone who with ease around and then
We all said hallelujah
We all want answers anyway

Still we could not conceive the call
The midnight fell, we felt the measure fall
And we were feeling down
Some eyes were looking down at us
And waiting pent, save, sad, and look
Up to the stars and counting all the suns and all the moons
How sad it was that we could not believe

And everyone who believes
And everyone who believes
And they said,
We all said hallelujah
We all said hallelujah
And everyone moves around with ease
And everyone fell right to their knees and then,
We all said hallelujah
We all want answers anyway
We all want answers anyway


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"Hallelujah" as written by Christopher Smart (pd) Bejamin Britten

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  • +5
    General Commentim sorry to the folks here that think that this song is advocating having a religious view of life, but its not. i talked to brandon after a show in chicago il at lincoln hall and asked him specifically about this song, since it is my favorite song from this album. they were touring on the release of negotiations. he told me that while he was happy that the song was being interpreted in different ways that he wrote it from the point of view of "someone who wishes they could be religious but knows better". think of the work hes done with modest mouse, a staunchly atheist band. look at these lyrics in particular:

    What surely said, "We wrote a book"
    And rearranged the signs and forms to look like something understood
    Like something we had seen before

    these lyrics suggest that people wrote the bible and other holy texts in order to give themselves meaning rather than face an unknowable existence. this song is not in support of a religious view, but rather the lack thereof. open your eyes please.
    bombsmrhon October 01, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song. its my favorite. im surprised no one commented.
    i think it's about like; that there is no god. we pray and pray but there's no answers. everyone keeps reaching to god though. im not sure but yeah.
    lizzyyoon January 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe opening line is, "And though we did not believe in god."
    Thief-on April 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSubmitted several corrections, thks also to Thief and BrandonEchols.
    Awsome song, inspires hope. We all want answers anyway...
    TriangleManon June 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome song.
    eatMUSIC87on February 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think Thief- is right, I hear that too.

    I also hear this:

    Like something we had seen before
    And waiting pensive, sad, and look
    Up to the stars and counting all the suns and all the moons
    How sad it was that we could not believe
    BrandonEcholson June 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is simply fantastic and addicting.
    le_delugeon June 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentor more vaguely, it's about spirituality ;)
    amorybon July 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe this song talks about how when you lose faith and find the true answers you are depressed, but when you believe in what christianity and other religions tell you, you disregard the true answers and yet you are happy.
    joedestroyson September 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI saw these guys last week, and it was very clear the line is "We don't want answers anyway."

    To me, it seems like he's a jealous of devout Christians and how confident they are in their beliefs, regardless of all factual evidence to the contrary.
    redtailon September 17, 2008   Link

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