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Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen (6/8)
Suggested Finger Picking Pattern: -------------------------------- ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ | | | | | | e|-------------@---------| B|---------@-------@-----| G|-----@---------------@-| D|-@---------------------| A|-@---------------------| E|-@---------------------| Root Introduction: C Am C Am Verse: [C c b] Am I heard there was a secret chord C Am That David played and it pleased the lord F G C G But you don't really care for music, do you? C [F G] Well it goes like this the fourth, the fifth Am F The minor fall and the major lift G E Am Am The baffled king composing hallelujah Chorus: F F Am Am Hallelujah, hallelujah, F F C G [C e f] G [C e f] G hallelujah, hallelu-u-u-u-jah .... Verse: Well 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 Chorus Verse: Baby I've 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 Chorus Verse: Well there was a time when you let me know What's really going on below But now you never show that to me do you But remember when I moved in you And the holy dove was moving too And every breath we drew was hallelujah Verse: Well, maybe there's a god above But all I've ever learned from love Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you It's not a cry that you hear at night It's not somebody who's seen the light It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah Chorus YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dqt20hTlTO8 - by World Idol Kurt Nilsen (Espen Lind is 1st, Askil Holm is 2nd, Alejandro Fuentes is 3rd and Kurt Nilsen is 4th)
Cohen wrote around 80 draft verses for "Hallelujah", with one writing session at the Royalton Hotel in New York where he was reduced to sitting on the floor in his underwear, banging his head on the floor. His original version, as recorded on his Various Positions album, contains several biblical references, most notably evoking the stories of Samson and traitorous Delilah from the Book of Judges ("she cut your hair") as well as the adulterous King David and Bathsheba ("you saw her bathing on the roof, her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you").
Following his original 1984 studio-album version, Cohen performed the original song on his world tour in 1985, but live performances during his 1988 and 1993 tours almost invariably contained a quite different set of lyrics with only the last verse being common to the two versions. Numerous singers mix lyrics from both versions, and occasionally make direct lyric changes, such as Rufus Wainwright, a Canadian-American singer, substituting "holy dark" and Allison Crowe, a Canadian singer-songwriter, substituting "Holy Ghost" for Cohen's "holy dove".
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