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Hallelujah written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen was not well received when it was released in 1984 on his album “Various Positions”. It became popular only when covered by singer John Cale.
Leonard struggled when writing this song, he had to pare down approximately 80 verses to finalise this song with it’s current 6 verses.
One writing session of Hallelujah was at the Royalton Hotel in New York where he was reduced to sitting on the floor in his underwear, banging his head on the floor.
For some reason, most cover versions have left behind the last verse which I believe is a gross injustice to this story in song.
To say this song is poignant and moving is an understatement. One is moved by both words and music
This song is revered as one of the greatest songs of all time.
One day accompanied by a magical pianist playing C Major with a heart filled with love, I will sing Hallelujah…all six verses.


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

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 a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve 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

Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

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