Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah

This haunting music was in the background of a movie now on TV.
Spiritually vapid, musically trite and cloyingly saccharine, but I love the sound of it.
Here it is...

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

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair, she broke your throne
she cut your hair and from your lips she drew the halleujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Etc., etc.
From what I can tell, he has written endless verses and the versions I found are all over the place. This seems to be a case where form is the focus and content is of negligible importance.
Sure is nice, no?

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