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Hallelujah (vom Album: Various Positions)

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

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

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

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

Anmerkung(en) zu dem Song:

Hallelujah ist neben Suzanne mit eines der meist gecoverten Lieder Leonard Cohens. Und auch hier gibt es sog. Alternativ-Strophen, die Cohen in Konzerten vortrug, so aber nie auf der Studio-Platte zu hören waren:

Baby, 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,

But listen, love is not some kind of victory march,

No, it's a cold and it's a very broken 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?

I remember when I moved in you,

And the holy dove she was moving too,

And every single breath we drew was Hallelujah.

Maybe there's a God above,

As for me, all I ever learned from love

Is how to shoot at someone who outdrew you.

And it's no a complaint you hear tonight, and

It's not a laughter of someone

who claims to have seen the light, no,

It's a cold and it's a very lonely Hallelujah.

Dt. Übersetzung/ Transformation:

--> siehe auch die dt. Übersetzung in der Discographie

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