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"Hallelujah (Original)" Lyrics

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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 you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

Maybe I've been here before
I know this room, I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
And love is not a victory march
It's a cold and its a broken hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

There was a time you let me know
What's really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you
And remember when I moved in you
And the holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

Maybe there's a god above
All I ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
And it's not a cry you can hear at night
Not somebody who's seen the light
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah...
  • submitted by Suzanne
  • corrected by Darryl on November 4th, 2006

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     hunter50 says:
    Like 010-01-2011 19:55
    Do not foresake k.d. lang for her powerful version of this song found on her Recollection, toward the end of 2010. It is also found on her album, Hymns of the 49th Parallel! She knocks this out!!!
     emoella says:
    Like 023-09-2010 12:36
    well.. it needed to be covered, didn't it? The genious is in the originality, and the corus is great. but i can't find the charm with leonard cohen. iffrent song by him is not sung in this voice. don't really understand.
     BLoNDeDEvIL says:
    Like 004-06-2009 15:30
    OKAY now i have to say SOMETHING!!!
    even though Leonard Cohen sounds HORRIBLE singing it, (i saw the live thingy on youtube) it has something to it. and we need to give him credit for writing this amazing song!!!! It's my favorite song of all times...i still need to fully figure out what it's true meaning is, but even if you don't think about the meaning it's beautiful!!!!

     Petroviic says:
    Like 026-12-2007 12:15
    Don't even now why this man is called a singer but the song is good
     DolphinStarr says:
    Like 026-05-2006 04:10
    well i prefer teh Jeff Buckley version, but this version is also awesome, its a great song.
     caleby says:
    Like 026-05-2006 03:08
    This is not the "original"..... The verses used by Cohen on his original studio version on Various Positions, are listed here.

    Though Leonard Cohen did write all 15 verses, including these ones.

    Amazing song whoever sings it.
     danastasia says:
    Like 007-04-2005 12:26
    Wooooah I didn't know there was an original!

    I'm off to find that one!

     meegzzz says:
    Like 007-04-2005 11:11
    this is the most beautiful song in the gets me cying like every time!! i love it so much..and im glad i finally found the original..cuz its been redone by a million ppl!