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Leonard Cohen Sings - Hallelujah

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Awesome song, but I prefer Jeff Buckley's performance better.  RIP to both.

Curious to know your interpretations of the song.

 

It is a very dark song portrayed in a beautiful way.

 

Well your faith was strong but you needed proof

You saw her bathing on the roof

Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya

She tied you to her kitchen chair

And she broke your throne and she cut your hair

And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

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Curious to know your interpretations of the song.

 

It is a very dark song portrayed in a beautiful way.

 

Well your faith was strong but you needed proof

You saw her bathing on the roof

Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya

She tied you to her kitchen chair

And she broke your throne and she cut your hair

And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

To me, it reflects the harsh reality of the phases of love (including physical) we go through in life.  It's a beautiful song, masterfully written, but as you say, very dark.  Some folks think it has religious connotations, but I think it's far from that. I don't like it when children sing it either, there's something disturbing about that IMHO.

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To me, it reflects the harsh reality of the phases of love (including physical) we go through in life.  It's a beautiful song, masterfully written, but as you say, very dark.  Some folks think it has religious connotations, but I think it's far from that. I don't like it when children sing it either, there's something disturbing about that IMHO.

Thank you! I find it sadly amusing when this song is sung in churches.

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Thank you! I find it sadly amusing when this song is sung in churches.

 

I've mentioned that to some religious friends of mine, but they just brush it off.  I can only shake my head.

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Curious to know your interpretations of the song.

 

It is a very dark song portrayed in a beautiful way.

 

Well your faith was strong but you needed proof

You saw her bathing on the roof

Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya

She tied you to her kitchen chair

And she broke your throne and she cut your hair

And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

There have been many variations of this song.  From Leonard himself as well as others.  This site appears to be the most informative article on what Cohen was trying to convey with the song.  http://rsrevision.com/hallelujah.htm The verse you site was in reference to 2 Samuel chapter 11.   2 Samuel 11New International Version (NIV) David and Bathsheba

11 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joabout with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.

One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roofof the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Samuel%2011

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There have been many variations of this song.  From Leonard himself as well as others.  This site appears to be the most informative article on what Cohen was trying to convey with the song.  http://rsrevision.com/hallelujah.htm The verse you site was in reference to 2 Samuel chapter 11.   2 Samuel 11New International Version (NIV) David and Bathsheba

11 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joabout with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.

One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roofof the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Samuel%2011

 

 

Thanks for the article.  I understand that there are many biblical references in the song, and I think he used them beautifully.  Each of us interprets things differently based on our beliefs, but I still feel this is a more secular song.  Maybe the vagueness and subtle references is why it is so good, it leaves much up to our interpretation.  Also, that could be why a hint of leg is often sexier than full nudity.

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