Saturday, July 9, 2011

Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah Sung by KD Lang

Over at One Stop Poetry Poetry they are spotlighting Leonard Cohen today.

This song moves me to tears whenever I hear…by whoever is singing it. My favourite rendition is by KD Lang when she sang  it at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver 2010…stunning voice…incredible song…  Leonard Cohen ... A Canadian Treasure
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

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, 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


  1. nice...this is an incredible song...and what a great version she does...

  2. Beautiful Helena, I love her voice and style anyway but she does a great job on this for sure..Susie

  3. Helena~
    Thanks for posting this. It is indeed one of the loveliest renditions of this nearly-perfect song. You added value and wonder to my morning!

  4. O so moving and beautiful! I have not heard this version before!

  5. Oooops meant to add that in Australia we have a choir called School of Hard Knocks who also did a version! The group are untrained singers - druggies, drunks, the depressed - brought together to give inspiration to their lives! The result was amazing!

  6. Beautiful, thank you for sharing.

  7. She is brilliant with this, her voice can do anything really, love that woman.

  8. KD Lang is one of my favorite singers.
    Leonard Cohen is wonderful too!
    Great post!

    Margie :)


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