A Hallelujah Song
by Pastor Andrea Andress
Hallelujah was written by Leonard Cohen, but the story goes that he couldn’t decide exactly what direction to take with the song and ended up with around 80 verses. Using rock and roll with gospel music, the tune evokes a deep emotional response. When performed in the 1980’s, the lyrics and verses chosen by Cohen and others foster the notion of his view that “many different hallelujahs exist”.
The song became popular after a recording by John Cale and contains the verses we most associate with the song now. Over 300 versions by various singers have been performed. “Canadian singer, K.D. Lang said in an interview shortly after Cohen’s death in 2016 that she considered the song to be about “the struggle between having human desire and searching for spiritual wisdom. It’s being caught between those two places.” (Sections in parenthesis are taken from Wikipedia)
A very popular version of the song, Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, is performed by Pentatonix, an a cappella group whose 5-minute video below has gone viral. The song includes the verses most commonly used by other artists:
Another version of Hallelujah is by the band Cloverton, who play their version of it as they made it into a Christmas song. It is 5:22 minutes long. Click on the link below to go to YouTube to watch it: