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Rufus Wainwright

Hallelujah (4:12)

This song, written by Leonard Cohen was adapted for John Cale. It differs from the original and has extra verses.

In 1994, Jeff Buckley covered "the Cale version" on his Grace album.

Although the John Cale performance of “Hallelujah” was used in the film Shrek , because of difficulties concerning Cale's contract with a competing record company, it was not possible to include it on the soundtrack album, Shrek - Music…

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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?

Rufus Wainwright - Hallelujah Lyrics


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  • Timeless!
  • shrek
  • Hallelujah !!!
  • Timeless!
  • i love shrek
  • Beautiful song sung by a very talented person. Sometimes I can't bare to listen to it though. :-(
  • Wonderful Song, Wonderful Singer
  • ;-))
  • .....rest in peace Jeff [3]
  • Gosh, I hate having to compare all of this song's covers. Rufus and Jeff are my favourites, but they all do it justice in their own way! I love Jeff, but sometimes he's a bit too much for one moment.. Let's also give Rufus the recognition and praise he deserves :)

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