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Do you know the origin of the song "Hallelujah"?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Gunnar Þór, Apr 27, 2002.


  1. Well? Do ya?

    I'm having a bit of an argument with my friend about this. I say it's by Leonard Cohen and he says it's an old Christian hymn. We're talking about the song that's been covered by everyone and their mother, lyrics go something like this (Jeff Buckley version):

    Well I heard there was a secret chord
    That David played and it pleased please 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 composes Hallelujah

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

    Well baby I've 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
    And love is not a victory march
    It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

    Well the was a time when you let me know
    What's really going on below
    But now you never show that to me do ya
    But remember when I moved in you
    And the Holy Dove was moving too
    And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

    Maybe there's a God above
    But all I have ever learned from love
    Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya
    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
     
  2. Aha! In your face, Bjarki! :D :rolleyes:
     
  3. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    Your friend may be talking about Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" from "Messiah" which is often performed at Christmas and Easter. I'm fairly certain it was written in the 1700's.
     
  4. Yeah 'Hallelujah' was definately written by Leonard Cohen.
    Jim