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Video: Leonard Cohen — “Hallelujah” sung in English and Hebrew


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Leonard Cohen’s official video for his live performance of Hallelujah.

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Hallelujah

Now, 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 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 the hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light in every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the lord of song
With nothing on my tongue but hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
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And here’s the Hebrew version sung by I:

 

Lyrics and music by Leonard Cohen
Hallelujah lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. Published in Vox Populi for educational use only.

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4 comments on “Video: Leonard Cohen — “Hallelujah” sung in English and Hebrew

  1. melpacker
    December 30, 2016

    These are new words about struggling for social justice I wrote a while back. If anyone wants to use them, feel free. Last time I sang it, was in front of about 100 people joining in the chorus with an especially joyous last chorus with raised fists.
    Have fun.
    HALLELUJAH by Leonard Cohen, new words by Mel Packer 4/29/2016

    I heard there was a place for me
    A world in which we’d all be free
    But now I know it’s just a goddam lie
    It goes like this, you work real hard
    You give your life and play your cards
    But the dealers always singing Hallelujah

    C: Hallelujah chorus 4 lines.

    Well, your faith was strong, and you played ball
    You paid your bills and gave your all
    But every day, your future just got dimmer
    No matter how much more you gave
    Raised your kids and tried to save
    The dealer’s still the boss singing Hallelujah
    C:
    Well, you know that I’ve been here before
    I’ve hit the bars, walked out the door
    Thinking I could leave it all behind
    But then I started thinking ‘bout
    What if we just all walked out
    And started singing our own Hallelujah
    C:
    So now I know it don’t make sense
    To quit the fight and fold our tents
    Together we can make a brand new world
    Just gotta hold our fists up high
    Together we can reach the sky
    And hear our mighty choir sing Hallelujah

    C: repeat as desired.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. triciaknoll
    December 25, 2016

    Thank you for this Christmas gift.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. anisioluiz2008
    December 25, 2016

    Reblogged this on O LADO ESCURO DA LUA.

    Liked by 1 person

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