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“Hallelujah” is a song written by Canadian singer Leonard Cohen, originally released on his album Various Positions (1984). Achieving little initial success, the song found greater popular acclaim through a recording by John Cale, which inspired a recording by Jeff Buckley. It is considered as the “baseline” of secular hymns.
Following its increased popularity after being featured in the film Shrek (2001), many other arrangements have been performed in recordings and in concert, with over 300 versions known. The song has been used in film and television soundtracks and televised talent contests. “Hallelujah” experienced renewed interest following Cohen’s death in November 2016 and appeared on many international singles charts, including entering the American Billboard Hot 100 for the first time.
Alexandra Burke, the winner of the fifth series of the reality television show The X Factor, released a condensed cover version of the song as a prize for her victory. It reached Christmas number one on the UK Singles Chart on 21 December 2008
I heard there was a secret chord That David played, and it pleased the lord But you don't really care for music, do ya? Well it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth The minor fall and 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 her kitchen chair She broke your throne and she cut your hair And from your lips she drew the hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah
Maybe there's a God above But all I've ever learned from love Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya And it's not a cry that you hear at night It's not someone who's seen the light It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah hallelujah (Hallelujah) hallelujah (Hallelujah) hallelujah (Hallelujah) hallelujah (Hallelujah) hallelujah (Hallelujah) hallelujah (Hallelujah) hallelujah (Hallelujah) hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen Version
Jeff Buckley Version
Hilarious Bono Version
Hallelujah – How to Cover it Badly
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