From West Sessions 54th

Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

[Chorus]
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew her
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Baby i've been here before
I've seen this room and i've walked this floor
I used to live alone before i knew you
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
And no, love is not some 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 was really going on below
But now you never show that to me do you
But remember when i moved in you
And the holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was hallelujah

Well, maybe there's a god above
But all i've ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
It's not a cry that you hear at night
Or somebody who has seen the light
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah


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Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover) song meanings
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    General Commentwhoa, this changes halfway through from leonard cohen into something else...what's the deal? did she make it up, or are there verses i don't know about that she used instead of the other ones?
    scheisseon June 04, 2002   Link
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    General Commentcheck that, not leonard cohen, jeff buckley
    scheisseon June 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI know what you mean. I think the term is "artist interpretation" lol. Don't like when artists stray away from a song so much.
    BTW, you were right the first time -i t's Leonard Cohen who sang the original.
    mataqielon June 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commentno, jeff buckley sang the lyrics i know, leonard cohen sang both the lyrics i know, and the lyrics here - and i believe he came up with these first (i did some research)... but yes, i do hate that, but some times it's cooler when they add their own into a song.
    scheisseon June 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is the most beautiful thing I have ever heard. I will leave lyric-analyzing to everyone else, but I just have to say that Sheryl's version of this song moves me beyond belief.
    VegasJameson June 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentLeonard Cohen first released this song in 1984. Jeff Buckley released his version ten years later on "Grace." It's 100% Cohen's, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Personally, Rufus Wainwright's version is my favorite, but it's always beautiful no matter who's singing it.
    atari-caiton July 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAtari-cait is right about the previous versions. Although I really don't like Rufus Wainwright's version, as seen in the movie "Shrek." To me, nothing beats Sheryl's voice or the stripped-down music on this version. However, the lyrics here are wrong. I don't know if Jeff Buckley changed them or if Leonard Cohen himself did, but Sheryl sings the lyrics that Buckley used. Disregard everything starting with "You say I took the name in vain" and below and substitute...

    Baby i've been here before
    And I've seen this room and i've walked this floor
    I used to live alone before i knew you
    I've seen your flag on the marble arch
    And no, love is not some 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 you
    But remember when i moved in you
    And the holy dove was moving too
    And every breath we drew was hallelujah

    Well, maybe there's a god above
    But all i've ever learned from love
    Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
    It's not a cry that you hear at night
    Or not somebody who has seen the light
    It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

    Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
    VegasJameson July 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti've never heard this, so you're probably right about her singing the version that buckley sings, but leonard cohen originally wrote the song with THESE lyrics, and then he himself changed them on later occasions.
    scheisseon July 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentamazing; i'm not a big fan of sheryl crow but she performs this song beautifully.... her voice is so beautiful.

    i have to add that this song is BEAUTIFUL and enchanting and what i love is that whenever anyone does a cover of it be it Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright or Sheryl Crow... the meaning of the song changes and you see a beauty to it that you havent seen before.
    raheelon November 30, 2006   Link

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