Hallelujah
Cover of Leonard Cohen
Unreleased
Lyrics:
(sigh)
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...

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

Hallelujah...

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

Hallelujah...

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 ya
But remember when I moved in you
And the holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah...

Well, maybe there's a God above
But all I've ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya
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...
Notes:
Jeff covers the John Cale version that appeared on the tribute album 'I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen'. Cales version used some alternate verses to the ones Leonard commonly performs.

'Whoever listens carefully to 'Hallelujah' will discover that it is a song about sex, about love, about life on earth. The hallelujah is not a homage to a worshipped person, idol or god, but the hallelujah of the orgasm. It's an ode to life and love.' -- Jeff Buckley (OOR (Dutch magazine))

'It's a hymn to being alive. It's a hymn to love lost. To love. Even the pain of existence, which ties you to being human, should receive an amen - or a hallelujah.' -- Jeff Buckley (Interview, Schwann Spectrum, 1994)

'It's not the bottle. It's not the pills. It's not the face of strangers who will offer you their lines and hot needles. It's not the time you were together in their place. So perfect. Like a second home. And it's not from the Bible. It's not from angels. Not from preachers who are chased and understanding of nothing that is human in this world. It's for people who are lovers. It's for people who have been lovers. You are at last somewhere. Until then it's hallelujah.' -- Jeff Buckley (Scala, Ludwigsburg, Germany, 1995-07-13)

'Yeah. But, the reason I did Hallelujah was because of the song and not because of Leonard [Cohen]. But ah, I can't help but admire him, can you? You can't help but admire him, he's amazing.' -- Jeff Buckley (Interview, MTV, 120 Minutes)

Known Performances: (showing 10 of 93 results)
92-08-13 Knitting Factory, New York, New York, America
92-10-11 'The Music Faucet', 91.1 WFMU, East Orange, New Jersey, America
93-02-?? West 21st Street Studio (Trash Can Tape), New York, New York, America
94-??-?? Live & Direct, MTV Asia, Unknown, ?, Japan
94-01-20 Paradise Lounge, San Francisco, California, America
94-02-14 C'est What, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
94-02-22 Black Cat, Washington, , America
94-06-18 Fez Under Time Cafe, New York, New York, America
94-06-19 'The Music Faucet', 91.1 WFMU, East Orange, New Jersey, America
94-06-25 Club Soda, Montreal, , Canada