Friday, 19 February 2010

Britain's Old Men say " Hats off" to Leonard Cohen who wrote 'Hallelujah' in 1984 and K.D.Lang who sang it at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010

I'm not moved much these days, but K.D.Lang's rendition on Leonard Cohen's song, 'Hallelujah', moved me to tears :

In the Stadium :

In the Studio :

I heard there was a secret chord,
That David played, and it pleased the Lord,
You don't really care for music, do Ya?

It goes like this :
The fourth, the fifth,
The minor fall, the major lift,
The baffled King composing :


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 a kitchen chair,
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair,
And from your lips she drew "Hallelujah".

"Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah"

Baby, I've been here before,
I've seen this room and I've walked the floor,
I used to live alone, before, I knew Ya.
But I've seen your flag on the marble arch,
Our love is not a victory march,
It's a cold and its a broken "hallelujah".

"Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah"

Maybe there's a God above,
But all I've ever learnt from love,
Is how to shoot somebody, who outdrew Ya.

It's not a cry that you hear at night,
It's not someone whos seen the light,
It's a cold and broken, "hallelujah".

"Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I sought out the words :

And the creator of this beautiful and hauntining song is the 76 year old Canadian, Leonard Cohen. He released it in 1984 when he was 50.

What does it all mean ?

Wikipedia says : "Hallelujah", contains several biblical references, most notably evoking the stories of Samson and traitorous Delilah from the Book of Judges as well as the adulterous King David and Bathsheba: "she cut your hair" and "you saw her bathing on the roof, her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you".

What the Master sang :

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