Poetry in Music – Hallelujah

This gives me goosebumps, and makes me cry, and has started a bit of a love affair with Leonard Cohen. I am sad that I only just found him! All the other versions of this song that came afterwards have now paled into insignificance for me.

Thanks to Susan for posting this on FB.

And the words released:

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
(Words typed up from this live version which may not be precisely the same as recorded versions)

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

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

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Now, maybe there’s a god above
As for me, all I ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
But it’s not a cry that you hear tonight
It’s not some pilgrim who claims to have seen the light
No, it’s a cold and it’s a very broken hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Oh people I’ve been here before
I know this room and I’ve walked this floor
You see, I used to live alone before I knew you
And I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
But this love, it is not some kind of victory march
No, It’s a cold and it’s a very lonely hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

There was a time you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now, now you never even show it to me do you
I remember when I moved in you
And the holy dove, she was moving too
And every single breath that we drew was hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

I’ve done my best, I know it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I learned to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come here to London just to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing, nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Published by Suzy Shipman

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