Hallelujah (4:47)

Cover of Sacred Arias

From Sacred Arias and 19 other releases

“Hallelujah” is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen originally released on his 1984 studio album Various Positions. “Hallelujah” has been covered more than 120 times (counting only recorded, not live, versions) and featured in the soundtracks of numerous movies and television shows.

The original recording is noted for containing biblical references in the lyrics, alluding to David’s harp-playing used to soothe King Saul (I Sam 16:23), and his later affair with Bathsheba after watching her bathe from his roof (2 Sam 11:2). The line “she broke your throne and she cut your hair” is a reference to the source of Samson’s strength from the Book of Judges chapter 16. The third verse mentions “the name” (Tetragrammaton). In these instances, the lyrics are overtly sexual. Jeff Buckley called his own rendition of the song an homage to “the hallelujah of the orgasm”.


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  • camune


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  • CidaDuarteF

    ღ✿ღ♥ღ✿ ღ✿ღ♥ღ✿ ღ✿ღ♥ღ✿

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • SuzyDee

    Such an amazingly beautiful voice, I am in awe.

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • nohope4god

    Definitely the best version ever for me. WawawaWOW!

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • inzaratha

    beautiful voice

    11 Feb 2013 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    The song is about love which has soured and gone stale. Cohen used a lot of religious imagery, including references to some of the more notorious women in the bible. Here's some lyrical analysis: "You saw her bathing on the roof, her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you" - Bathsheba, who tempted the king to kill her husband so he could have her. "She tied you to her kitchen chair, she broke your throne and she cut your hair" - Delilah, who cut off Sampson's locks that held his superhuman strength. "But remember when I moved in you and the holy dove was moving too" - This could be a reference to the divine conception and Mary. The lines referring to the immaculate conception can also be interpreted as having a sexual connotation: "And every breath we drew was hallelujah." http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2504

    4 Jul 2012 Reply
  • sole_sandoval

    Hermoso tema

    15 Jun 2012 Reply
  • schmidter

    Thanks Cida, this is really nice

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

    So so beautifullllllll

    23 May 2012 Reply
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  • wilte01

    Absolutely wonderful

    25 Mar 2012 Reply
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  • kgkeller

    Absolutely, stone cold, wonderfully beautiful !!!

    22 Dec 2011 Reply
  • spiritscout

    This is a very moving rendition!

    7 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Writer101

    Two words: Freakin'.....Epic :)

    12 Oct 2011 Reply
  • kgkeller

    Wonderful, just plain Wonderful !!!!

    19 May 2011 Reply
  • marcy50

    Just so beautiful thanks alot Sis,jette~~

    10 May 2011 Reply
  • prominence_la

    WHOA. I can't say how many versions I've heard of this song, but this is by far the most impressive. On a minor note - hells yeah, she's Welsh. :P

    24 Mar 2011 Reply
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