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.
And finally, this one brought tears to my eyes because of the context.
- Street Artist Plays Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” With Crystal Glasses(openculture.com)
- Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen – cover by Savannah Outen(malcolmsenglishpages.com)