Hallelujah Song by Leonard Cohen

Hallelujah Song by Leonard Cohen

For whatever reason this song came up on a couple internet searches I did, and I decided to look into it further. Upon reading the information at Wikipedia, I was surprised to learn that Leonard Cohen wrote over 80 verses. The verses we’re familiar with are the ones he eventually settled on. The song must have set a record for “modern” songs as it is claimed to have been recorded by over 300 different artists (and climbing).

Although I haven’t listened to all of the recordings on YouTube, here’s a few of my favorites. Enjoy.

 

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And finally, this one brought tears to my eyes because of the context.

 

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  1. Breebles07 Reply

    What Is The Most Covered Song Of All Time? Now, I’m talking about when artists sing a song by another artist, not talking about when random people post covers of themselves on YouTube. I’m just talking about in the music world. For example, a lot of famous artists have done a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.

    • Hm, maybe Louie, Louie – Richard Berry?

  2. Katie Reply

    What Are Some Good Musical Songs To Sing For A Soprano That Have A Lot Of Feeling In Them? I really want a song thats like “for good” from wicked. I want a song thats fun and nice to sing, and has lots of meaning to it.

    • Here are some great FEMALE SOLOS from Musicals
      A BRAND NEW DRESS… Coco
      A FOGGY DAY IN LONDON TOWN. Damsel in Distress
      A JOURNEY TO A STAR.. The Gang’s all Here
      A LADY OF SENSIBILITY.. Lady Pirates of capt. Bree
      A SINGER MUST BE FREE… The Nightingale
      A WAY BACK TO THEN.. Title of Show
      ALL MY LOVIN’… Across the Universe
      ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE.. Brigadoon
      ANOTHER HUNDRED PEOPLE.. Company
      ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST… We Will Rock You
      APPLAUSE… Applause
      AROUND THE WORLD… Grey Garden
      BACK TO BASE… Closer than Ever
      BACK TO BEFORE.. Ragtime
      BACKWOODS BARBIE.. 9 to 5
      BE MY HOST… No Strings
      BE ON YOUR OWN… Nine
      BEFORE I KISS THE WORLD GOODBYE.. Jennie
      BLESS THE LORD.. Can Do
      BOUNCE ME BROTHER.. Swing
      BREATH… In the Heights
      BUENOS AIRES… Evita
      CAF? CONTINENTAL… Big
      CANDLE IN THE WATER.. Pete’s Dragon
      C’EST MAGNAFIQUE… Can Can
      COLORED WOMAN… Memphis
      COME TO YOUR SENSES… Tick, Tock Boom
      COWBOY TAKE ME AWAY… Urban Cowboy
      DANCE 10, LOOKS 3… A Chorus Line
      DAY BY DAY.. Godspell
      DIVA’S LAMENT.. Spam
      DON’T STOP BELIEVIN.. Rock of Ages
      EASY TERMS.. Blood Brothers
      ESCAPE… Escape
      EVERY STORY’S A LOVE STORY… Aida
      EVERYTHING’S BRIGHT.. Dance of the Vampires
      EVERYTHING ELSE.. Next to Normal
      FEELINGS YOU’VE GOT TO HIDE… Sideshow
      FIFTY PERCENT.. Ballroom
      FLASHDANCE…WHAT A FEELING.. Flashdance
      FLY ME TO THE MOON.. Come Fly Away
      FLY ME TO THE FUTURE.. The Vanities
      FOLLOW YOUR HEART… Urintown
      GET HAPPY… Everyday Rapture
      GIMME LOVE.. Kiss of the Spider Woman
      GLITTER AND BE GAY … Candide
      GRAND AVENUE… Flower Drum Song
      GRIZABELLA THE GLAMOUR CAT… Cats
      GROWING UP CATHOLIC.. Nonsense
      HAPPY EASTER… Easter Parade
      HELL NO.. The Color Purple
      HOLDING ON.. Secret Garden
      HOLDING TO THE GROUND… Falsettoland
      HONEY, HONEY.. Momma Mia
      TEACHER DON’T TEACH ME NO NONSENSE… Race
      HOW LUCKY CAN YOU GET.. Funny Lady
      I AIN’T GOT TIME.. Zanna Don’t
      I DON’T KNOW HIS NAME… She Likes Me
      I GOT RHYTHM… Girl Crazy
      I HATE MUSICALS… Ruthless
      I KEEP REMEMBERING YOU… Yank
      I MIGHT GROW FOND OF YOU.. Sunny
      I NEVER SAID I LOVE YOU… Dear World
      I WANT IT ALL.. Baby
      I WAS WAY AHEAD AND SEESAW.. Seesaw
      I’LL BE WAITING THERE… Kristina
      I’M A WOMAN… Smokey Joe’s Caf?
      INSIDE YOUR HEART.. Bad Boy
      IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING… State Fair
      IT WON’T LET US LEAVE… Evil Dead
      JUST AROUND THE RIVER BEND.. Pocahontas
      IT’S NEVER ENTERED MY MIND..Higher and Higher
      JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY.. Big Deal
      KEYS .. Passing Strange
      LADY’S MAID… Titanic
      LAY DOWN YOUR HEAD.. Violet
      LIGHT… The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
      LOOK FOR A SILVER LINING. Till the Clouds roll by
      LOOK TO THE RAINBOW… Finian’s Rainbow
      LOSING MY MIND.. Fossee
      LOVE… Love me Tonight
      LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND.. Carnival
      LOVE NEVER DIES… Love Never Dies
      LULLABY OF BROADWAY… 42nd Street
      MACAROONS… Acorn Antiques
      MELTING MOGGY… Honk
      MISTER RIGHT… Love Life
      MOLL’S SONG… The Cradle Will Rock
      MY FUNNY VALENTINE… Babes in Arms
      MY OWN MORNING… Hallelujah Baby
      NO OTHER LOVE.. Me and Juliet
      NOBODY’S SIDE… Chess
      100 WAYS TO LOSE A MAN.. Wonderful Town
      OOH! MY FEET… The most happy fella
      ONE NIGHT ONLY.. Dream Girls
      PARIS BY NIGHT.. Victor Victoria
      PASSONATE and TRUE..The Addams Family Musical.
      PROMISES PROMISES, Promises, Promises
      PURLIE… Purlie
      RAGS… Rags
      RAIN ON THE ROOF.. The Wild Party
      RAPTURE… Sex and the City 2
      ROLL IN THE HAY.. The Young Frankenstein
      RUNNING IN PLACE… Steel Pier
      SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT… Peter Pan
      SCARLETT O’HARA AGAIN.. Gone with the Wind
      SEND IN THE CLOWNS.. A little night Music
      SEPTEMBER SONG… Lovemusik
      SHINE… Billy Elliot
      SOME DAY.. The Wedding Singer
      SON OF A PREACHER MAN… Enron
      THANK GOD I’M OLD… Barnum
      THE BARE NECESSITIES… The Jungle Book
      THE CALLING.. Altar Boyz
      THE GARDEN RAM… Two by Two
      THE MAN I LOVE.. Strike up the Band
      TO KEEP MY LOVE ALIVE.. Connecticut Yankee
      U.N.C.O.U.P.L.E.D…. Starlight Express
      UNDER THE TREE.. Celebration
      WAITING FOR LIFE…Once upon this Island
      WITH ONE LOOK.. Sunset Boulevard
      WORDS, WORDS, WORDS.. Witches of Eastwick
      YOU’LL NEVER BE ALONE.A Tale of Two Cities
      YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE.. Carousel

  3. Dave Reply

    What Are Some Good Songs Accompanied Only By A Piano? I love playing John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” but am looking for some other songs where the piano accompaniment is as beautiful as the song itself. With a lot of songs, extra guitars or drums are needed to make it sound as good as the original.

    • This is likely outside of your personal music experience, but I would have to say that any tune Art Tatum ever played solo sounded amazing and needed no drummer or bassist (although he also made some fine trio recordings with that instrumentation). If you never heard of him, check him out; he was a blind jazz pianist who learned to play off piano rolls- some of which had been produced via four-handed performances! I’ve never heard anyone play the piano better.

  4. Noa Bach Reply

    Can Atheists, Agnostics, Or Other Non Religious People Like Religious Music? I’m not really religious but I love the Hallelujah song, it makes me feel so happy, and it does something to me I can’t describe. If there is a God that song does God justice.

    • You can tell how much someone wars with God by how they react to music about Him.

  5. I Reply

    Some Wonderful And Interesting Things That You Have Planned And Looking Forward In The Near Future? Some wonderful and interesting things that you have planned and looking forward in the near future?

    Mine are to see to go to holidays to France, going to a family member wedding and going to see in concert my hero Leonard Cohen and going on a walking holidays with friends, which are the wonderful that you have planned and looking forward too?

    • If the world will really end and if people will survive it.

  6. Michelle Reply

    Where Can I Find The Sheet Music To These Songs For Flute? I have been trying to find the flute sheet music to these songs and I cannot find them. If you find them, please give me the link to the website. Thanks:)

    the songs I’m looking for are:
    Love Story by Taylor Swift
    Hallelujah
    Our Song by Taylor Swift
    Today Was A Fairytale by Taylor Swift
    Bella’s Lullaby(Twilight)

    • The reason you can not find them is all are under copyright protection and can’t be legally downloaded without paying a royalty.
      Your best bet is to visit a sheet music store.

  7. Scotty Reply

    Is There A Recent Dvd Of Leonard Cohen Available?

    • Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (2005)

      Legendary poet, singer/songwriter and alleged ladies man Leonard Cohen is interviewed in his L.A. home about his extraordinary life and times, interspersed with old footage from his private photo collection and lavish praise plus elaborately performed Cohen cover songs from a motley crew of colleague musicians, amongst whom Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus & Martha Wainwright, Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker and U2’s Bono and The Edge. By way of dessert the latter two and their band mates even get to back up the man for a special performance of his own

  8. Ayla Reply

    Where Can I Find The Hallelujah Song? The one that sounds like an angelic chorus singing, “HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH!” over and over again? On limewire, when I type it, it’s just a bunch of songs by different artists…completely different sound.

  9. Aaron Reply

    Interpreting Hallelujah Song? I need help with this old testament homework, We have to interpret a song and talk about the biblical story behind it. I chose Hallelujah but one of the questions is “who’s point of view is the song sung from?” and I am having the hardest time. He had a side note of the biblical passage refers to 2 Samuel 11-12 so I am suppose to use it from the whole David, Bathsheba, Uriah situation. I know the song isn’t directly from the story but who would be the best to say the story is told from

    “Maybe there’s 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”
    *First think I think of is Uriah because he essentially got screwed. Thats all he learned in love. He was killed on the front line which is where they “outdrew him”.

    but then:

    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 you
    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

    Sounds like it could be from Davids point of view. But the first verse says “I heard there was a secret chord, that David played and it pleased the Lord” so that would be weird to be from his point of view since the narrator says David’s name. Now like I said I know there probably isn’t one person and there’s stories like Sampson and Delilah thrown in their but who would be my best bet to say the song’s point of view is written from

    • “Interpreting” a song, or any piece of art , can be a tricky business. Having written and performed my own and other peoples songs for over 45 years, having studied the humanities, art and literature; and having a bachelors degree in music, I feel some what confident in helping you arrive at a conclusion.
      First, I believe that interpretations are not absolute, that they are more like dreams in that the interpretation is is based on the observers reaction to the art. An artist tries to convey the ineffable through the limited means of sight and sound. I believe that in this particular song Leonard Cohen is presenting a personal experience based on biblical and metaphoric images. I do not for one minute believe that he is literally trying to re-tell the biblical story of David, especially when he is also using images from the Samson & Delilah story. Leonard Cohen has used religious metaphors before. (see “the sisters of Mercy”) The use of universal images, ideas and metaphors is one of the basic tools of the craft of song-writing. (ref Bob Dylan’s “My back pages” and the other giants of song-crafting) Consider also that the interpretation of literature has caused more than 1 fight in academic circles.
      Here are some Questions that may help you arrive at a satisfactory answer For Yourself.
      1. How does the song make You feel?
      2.Try to imagine what kind of relationship dynamics could have influenced Leonard Cohen to write the lyrics that he did.
      3. Go through the song line by line noting the seemingly incongruous Lyric, sometimes he seems to be speaking to a man and other times a woman …etc.
      4. Someone or ones are in anguish, how many viewpoints do you find?
      5. Finally, Find and identify with all the emotions in the song.
      I came away from the song feeling as if I had relived a major life experience. How would you sum it up in a short phrase? There are already many different interpretations listed @ sing 365.com. Check it out.
      P.S. The person singing the song is Not a narrator

  10. Alex b Reply

    What Is The Song Hallelujah, By Leonard Cohen About ? What is the song Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen about ? Is it a religious song ? A mockery of religion ? I really love the song, but can’t figure it out. Thanks for any help.

    • This question gets asked quite a bit; the song one of my favorites.

      Cohen weaves religious/Biblical references throughout his works. Here he’s merging his own love life with that of King David and Bathsheba. Pure, sacred love being lost by the body’s physical needs.

      The best explanation I’ve found of that song is “One Haunting Ballad Has Been the Soundtrack to Many Lives Recently. But Why?” by Bryan Appleyard, which can be found at:
      http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article409551.ece?token=null&offset=0&page=1

      This comes from an interview with Leonard Cohen by John McKenna

      ” In the song Hallelujah, he draws on a wonderfully and subversively passionate passage in the second book of Samuel. It happened towards evening when David had risen from his couch and was strolling on the palace roof that he saw from the roof a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful. David made enquiries about this woman and was told ‘why that is Bethsheba, Allion’s daughter, the wife of Uriah the Hittite.’ Then David sent messengers and had her brought. She came to him and he slept with her. Now she had just purified herself from her courses. She then went home again. The woman conceived and sent word to David – ‘I am with child’.

      In the song there’s the baffled king, David, and there’s the baffled singer, Leonard Cohen, in search of the lost chord that certainly pleased the lord and might possibly please the woman. And there’s the original story too, reduced now to the domestic and physical situation that it was and always is. Bethsheba may have broken the throne, but she also tied David to a kitchen chair. Delilah did something similar. There’s more to be learned from the bible than God’s dealing with the human race. There’s also the dealings of women with men. There’s the hard fact that nothing can be reconciled – at least not here.

      LC: Finally there’s no conflict between things, finally everything is reconciled but not where we live. This world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled but there are moments when we can transcend the dualistic system and reconcile and embrace the whole mess and that’s what I mean by Hallelujah. That regardless of what the impossibility of the situation is, there is a moment when you open your mouth and you throw open your arms and you embrace the thing and you just say ‘Hallelujah! Blessed is the name.’ And you can’t reconcile it in any other way except in that position of total surrender, total affirmation.
      http://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/rte.html

  11. Give me truth Reply

    Some Good Slow Songs? I like songs like;
    little house- amanda seyfried
    hallelujah- jeff buckley
    the script, augustana

  12. PSYCHOMONROE87 Reply

    HALLELUJAH Or ALLELUJAH SONG? Hi i was at the mall today finding clothes and i over heard this really cool alternative rock song and i really liked it! But the lyrics kinda sounded like HALLELUJAH or ALLELUJAH?? And i’m thinking it came out in 2011 since it sounded new? Could anybody please help me find this song it’ll be greatly appreciated.
    I’m looking for real answers here…not lame ones thanks

  13. Ayla Reply

    Where Can I Find The Hallelujah Song? The one that sounds like an angelic chorus singing, “HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH!” over and over again? On limewire, when I type it, it’s just a bunch of songs by different artists…completely different sound.

  14. Elizabeth D Reply

    Leonard Cohen? I want to just play his music.

    • IF you are interested in learning Leonard Cohen songs, pickup a good finger picking book.

      Almost all of his stuff is moderately to very difficult to play (I am thinking of “The Partisan”, in particular). Also, you might have to huff some nitrous oxide to sing that low!

      good luck, and have fun. But be patient, his picking is pretty fast.

  15. El' Bacon Reply

    Who Sings This Verison Of The Song ‘hallelujah’? I heard a song on a christian radio station a week months ago
    i think its called ‘hallelujah’ but the guy that sings it doesn’t jsut sing it he sings it in diff voices (like daffy duck and donald duck, bush) but i can’t find it anywhere do you happen to know the name of the singer?

    • It’s the Cartoon Song by Chris Rice from his “Past the Edges” album. Here’s the lyrics:

      I was thinking the other day
      What if cartoons got saved?
      They’d start singing praise
      In a whole new way

      Yea, I was thinking the other day
      What if cartoons got saved?
      They’d start singing praise
      In a whole new way

      Fred and Wilma Flintstone sing
      ya-ba-daba-lujah

      Scooby-do and Shaggy
      scooby-do-be-lujah

      And the Jetson’s dog named Astro
      ra-ra-ru-jah

      CHORUS

      Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
      cowabunga-lujah, dude

      Then there’s Kermit the Frog here,
      singing hi-ho-la-lujah

      And that little bald guy, Elmer Fudd
      hallelujah, uh

      CHORUS

      Oh that big ol’ Moose and his friend Rocky,
      ba-ya-ca-bujah

      And our favorite bear named Yogi,
      hi-a-baa-lujah

      And There’s all those little blue guys
      And they’d sing..
      la-la-lalalala-lalala-lujah

      Oh, how ’bout Beavis, and that other guy
      *beep*

      CHORUS

      Now there’s a point to this looney tune
      I’m not an animaniac, but there’s a lot of praising to do
      And cartoons weren’t made for that,
      It’s our job. Oh, yeah

      So let’s sing hallelujah (hallelujah)
      hallelujah (hallelujah)
      hallelujah (hallelujah)

      Let’s sing hallelujah… (Let’s sing hallelujah)
      hallelujah (hallelujah)

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