"Sounds Like Hallelujah" as written by and Robert Tyler Williams Christopher Shane Zasche....
I'm just waiting on the sun
To close his eyes and call the night
So we can put all our differences aside
I'm just waiting on the moon
With all the stars and all it's gloom
We can watch it fall right back into place

So I won't keep myself around
Just to keep you warm
Woo woo woo
Oo oo oo
Woo woo woo
Oo oo oo

Momma don't put no gun in my hand
I don't wanna end up like these men
Momma don't put no gun in my hand
I don't wanna end up like these men

I'm not walking away
I'm just hearing what you're saying
For the first time
Sounds like hallelujah for the first time
For the first time
Singing hallelujah for the first time

And I'll miss you someday
I'll miss you someday
I'll miss you someday
I'll miss you someday
I'll miss you someday
I'll miss you

I'm not walking away
I'm just hearing what you're saying
For the first time
Sounds like hallelujah for the first time
For the first time
I'm singing hallelujah for the first time


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"Sounds Like Hallelujah" as written by Chris Zasche Charity Thielen

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    General CommentWhat I take the meaning of the song to be is about the cycle of coming and going, and how that relates to a relationship the singer is in. The sun goes down, and we put our arguments aside; "never go to sleep angry" as they say. The moon goes down, we get to watch the sunrise together as a new day begins.

    The cycle breaks pretty abruptly in the third stanza (beginning with "So, I won't keep myself around..."), though, when the singer states the limits of his willingness to be a part of the cycles of the relationship - he wants more than what their relationship currently is. He's considering whether to stay or go, and has knows he won't stay "just to keep you warm".

    The following stanza (beginning with "Momma don’t put no gun in my hand...") seems like a reference to his affinity for non-violence, or an aversion to confrontation. It seems like a reference to a deeply held desire to avoid conflict - I see it almost as an apology, like, "I've been considering leaving, but I haven't said anything to you about these feelings, because I don't want to cause conflict between us. I'm sorry, but I've been like this from childhood, I've just never liked confrontation."

    Then the next stanza is a more obviously defensive one (beginning with "I'm not walking away..."), where the singer is explaining that it might look like he's just walking away to avoid conflict, but in his mind he sees this as a natural next step considering what he has realized about the relationship he's in with his partner. He's just _really hearing_ what they've been saying all along for the first time, and so going makes the most sense to him, and it feels like a "Hallelujah" to do it. He doesn't believe he's avoiding conflict by walking away, he's living into the next natural step of the cycle of their relationship, he's come, and now he's gone. Like the moon and the sun, they come up, they go down, they are gone.

    The last stanza before the final chorus (beginning "And I'll miss you someday...") is his recognition that there will be times when he will wish things weren't over between them, but that's to be expected. Right now he may not have those feelings, but that's because "someday" is not "today".

    For him, today, the sun is rising, and it feels like hallelujah.





    TL;DR Summary

    This is a beautiful break up song, where the singer expresses his experience of the end of this relationship as a part of the cycle of beginnings and endings that happen throughout our lives. Realizing this has left him singing hallelujah.
    mceon May 14, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm really sad because... I love love love this song and a few days ago I came to this page and there was nothinggggggg, so I started thinking about what this song means and I think:
    It means nothing! The lyrics are slightly cryptic and the verses kind of have nothing to do with each other. So that makes me think they just wanted it to sound like it was really deep even though they just didn't have any other deep personal experiences to write a song about. (hence their only having one album) And the momma don't put no gun in my hand part just reminds me of Bohemian Rhapsody...I don't think that's what they were going for?? But what wereee they going for then?
    Prove me wrong! I want this song to havvvvve a meaning cause I still love it!
    IveBeenCalledAHipsterRecentlyon April 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this feels kind of cathartic
    Like, the singer is finally hearing what the other person is saying, and it's new, or it's not what they thought, or something like that.
    Or they're seeing the truth about their relationship, and how things have been wrong
    And though it looks like they are walking away when they say that they're not, I think that perhaps (to me anyway,) they are only walking away from this relationship if it's going to continue as it is.
    philomenaphoebon December 24, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the interpretation in the comment under mine! Genius.

    Here was my interpretation of it in hope for a positive ending:

    In the beginning, he can't wait until the night ends so that they can put differences aside
    km22on November 29, 2015   Link

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