"Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover)" as written by Leonard Cohen and Theresa Christina Calonge De Sa Mattos....
Well I've heard there was a sacred chord
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 up on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you.

And she tied you her kitchen chair
She broke your throne
She cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Well baby I have 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
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?

And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah,
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Well maybe there's a god above
But all I ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you.

And 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

Oo hallelujah, oo hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah


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"Hallelujah" as written by Leonard Cohen

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    General CommentI love how there are so many versions of this song but they barely ever get annoying. To me at least.
    AmandaJADEon July 01, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think its about her telling a story about "david" creating a song on the piano.
    "...the secret chord...
    Well it goes like this: the fourth, the fifth
    The minor fall and the major lift"
    and the king liked it so much that he cried out "hallelujah." but the person theyre telling the story to doesnt really like music?
    then david thought he was great? or was becoming someone, but he needed to be sure...
    (second verse)so he saw this girl bathing and her beauty threw him off, but shes actually like, really bad.
    "She tied you to her kitchen chair
    She broke your throne and she cut your hair
    And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah"
    she messed him up bad, and took the one thing that he knew was sure in his life and destroyed it.
    (third verse)the person telling the story has been at the same low times as the one being told the story. and saying that they used to be a lone before the one was in their life. does that make sense? and the "flag" might be like a white flag, for giving up? and maybe its saying that love is hard, you just have to keep working at it?
    "And love is not a victory march
    It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah"
    maybe "hallelujah" means like your greatest accomplishment? maybe? i dont know. im still trying to figure that out.
    i think the fourth verse is talking to the actually person this time and theyre saying that they used to tell them what was going on with them, and getting them involved with their life? but not anymore cause its hard for them? and whenever they were getting to know each other again, they seemed to be like they used to but only the other person was more...happy?
    "But remember when I moved in you
    And the holy dove was moving too
    And every breath we drew was Hallelujah"
    and everything was getting better. like life was coming smoothly the way they wanted it too.
    (fifth verse)"Maybe there is a god above
    But all I've ever learned from love
    Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you"
    not actually shoot someone. but try to cut them down? but it also doesnt have to be someone living. it could mean something that signifies it.
    "And 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"
    your unfinished business? your goals that you never followed through on?
    i dont know, thats what i got out of it. maybe this would help you? :)
    dlaguilar42on January 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful cover.
    But still, nothing can ever compare to the original version of this song.
    iheartyoubabyon May 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshe sang this on last monday episode.
    love the song.
    Breakingbenjaminfanon May 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe totally rocks! Love her song and love her!
    p.s. This cover is more than beautiful... thnx Kate!
    heard it on OTH too! :)
    psawyeron July 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is completely gorgeous, and she does a really good job with it.
    brix3on September 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMaybe there is a god above
    But all I've ever learned from love
    Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
    And 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

    love that verse! love the song, all versions (apart from rufus wainrights) and love Kate. she has an amazing voice and does this song great justice. the song is self explanitory.
    OTHfanon October 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti don't understand...what is this song about? i don't get any of it...especially the 1st, 2nd and 3rd verses...someone help me out would ya?
    Illyria257on January 03, 2010   Link

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