The Other I

July 14, 2011

Hallelujah

Filed under: Thinking about it: Angst amongst the Thickets — theotheri @ 3:49 pm

When someone asked Leonard Cohen what the lyrics in his song Hallelujah meant, he said

‘The only moment that you can live here comfortably in these irreconcilable conflicts is when you embrace it all and say: “Look, I don’t understand a thing at all  –  hallelujah!”‘

I won’t even try to say it better.  Double click on the Hallelujah below to hear it wrenched out of Cohen’.  It’s my favourite cover.

Hallelujah

“Hallelujah” Lyrics

Well I heard there was a secret chord
that David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
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…

Baby I’ve been here before
I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor (you know)
I used to live alone before I knew you
And I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
and love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah…

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

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah…

Maybe there’s a God above
All I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
And 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

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah…
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah…
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

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2 Comments »

  1. what a relief it was getting freaky. overlap – expansion – elucidation so i watched this and thought – and so??? recently tried reading eco’s kant and the platypus. first page – well perhaps the second let me try the second chapter – the middle chapter the end? was i truly reading this in english? then i read the first page to my 23 year old nephew and he told me what it said. what a relief. i fell off the wall with a thud and sitting on my ass thought this is rather amusing. hallelujah! kateri

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    Comment by kateritek — July 15, 2011 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

    • You are doing some heavy-duty reading! I would be fascinated to hear how your 23-year-old nephew explained Kant & the Platypus. Seriously. My own feelings were more like yours when I was reading it many years ago: this * sounds* like English: why don’t I understand it? I am embarrassed to confess that I don’t even try to take on that kind of hefty intellectual work these days.

      But yes, you got exactly what I meant: Hallelujah! It’s so rewarding to be understood. (It’s an experience I dare say I have a little more often than Umberto Eco does. Unfortunately, it’s not due to my superior capacity to discuss Kant and Nietsche and the platypus.)

      Thank you.

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      Comment by Terry Sissons — July 16, 2011 @ 3:11 pm | Reply


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