Skip to comments.Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah- <Music Video 7min>
Posted on 06/07/2014 7:50:16 PM PDT by virgil283
"This is an evocative, lovely and spiritual song. His deep velvet and whiskey voice is the only one that does it justice . No matter how many times I listen to this, I still feel a little chill.
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Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, 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....
I turned my neighbor/best friend and his family, on to Leonard Cohen recently when I loaned him my copy of Perla Batalla’s “Bird on a Wire” album.
They like country music most, and had admired the Jeff Buckley cover of “Hallelujah,” but had no real idea who L. Cohen was. They quickly stumbled upon Cohen’s concert video you feature here, and they haven’t been able to talk about anything else with me since! No one does Cohen’s songs as well as he does - his video version of the often-covered “Dance Me to the End of Love” is also the only one that really gets the song. I did think that Anthony’s version of “If It Be Your Will,” though, was on par with his own.
He’s having a real revival these days, but I’m glad to say I was a fan all along, and always appreciated the brilliance shining through even his most uneven moments.
Thanks for the post.
Lovely. ;Thanks for posting. Among other amazing things, Leonard Cohen is proof that seventy is sexy.
I like his Dance Me to the End of Love a lot:
SUZANNE -— one of the great songs
Jeff Buckley did a nice version.
Excellent. Thank you.
I like the Buckley version better. But, it’s a good song.
It’s a very beautiful song, but if you listen, I don’t think it’s particularly spiritual. Most of it seems to be about sex and passion, and how they are just as illuminating as a religious experience.
I do too.
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"certain ironic and amusing sidebars..."
"Leonard Cohen singing Hallelujah in concert. Taken from the documentry Songs From The Life Of Leonard Cohen. Unfortunately the last verse is cut out."
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Then I found this complete version from that era... "An impassioned performance of Hallelujah live at San Sebastian", with much improvisation on the vocal.
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah (Alternate lyric / live performance) singing live in Austin on October 31, 1988
ding ding ding! We have a winner.
When I hear this song, which is known as the Shrekallulia, played at mass, I can't help but marvel at the stupidity of the music director. Not only is it not a religious song, it's a mournful song, and the Hallelujah is supposed to be a rejoicing. I can just see the dolts thinking, du-uh, I like this song, and it has the word hallelujah, so I'm going to use it for the Hallelujah. Uh huh. Tell me about the rabbits, George.
Yeah. I think a lot of people just listen to the first verse and think “Oh, it’s a religious song,” and don’t listen to the rest of it.
A ‘Cohen’ that’s never been officially released... one of his best...
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