The Broken Hallelujah

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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, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Baby, I have been here before
I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
But Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a 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

By Leonard Cohen

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4 responses »

  1. Leonard Cohen is one of my favorite song writers. Some quotes of his:

    “I am an old scholar, better-looking now than when I was young. That’s what sitting on your ass does to your face.”

    “Prayer is translation. A man translates himself into a child asking for all there is in a language he has barely mastered.”

    “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

  2. I must admit, Ed, I don’t know his work except for this piece. (Well, I might and just not know he was the writer.) I’ve always loved this song, but some of the verses I had a hard time relating to — those are not in this version. I think the video and the women’s voices all come together to be a masterful rendition of what I’ve come to understand: No matter how far we fall, Grace allows us to stand before the Lord of Songs. It brought a whole new meaning to the minor fall and the major lift.

    Love those quotes, especially the last one… 😉

  3. Michelle, I didn’t realize I had heard this song before, until I played it here. I love your reply, about the minor fall and the major lift. So beautiful. It (He) has me in tears over it. Thank you so much for that, for being such an ever ready conductor of His spirit. Love you. deb

  4. Oh, thank you, Deb. I’ve been crying over the same line for a couple of days now. 😉

    He is so good to us. Love you, too.

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