Song Lyric Sunday (on Tuesday): k.d. lang, Hallelujah

Helena’s song lyric sunday post, Who You Are by Jessie J, was the perfect salve to a less-than-perfect Tuesday and me. (My energy level is zero; foggie-groggies are in control): “It’s okay not to be okay. . . But tears don’t mean you’re losing . . . There’s nothing wrong with who you are!”

Many artists have covered this Leonard Cohen song, but none so incredibly as k.d. lang. The live performance she gave at the Winter Olympics in 2010 (hopefully videos will embed below the lyrics), still sends chills up and down my spine. I did listen to some more recent renditions while putting this together, but none came close to those she did in 2010. And, this song, like the Jessie J song, can bring me to tears.

I heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
You don’t really care for music, do ya?
Well it goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, 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 ya
Well she tied you to her kitchen chair
She broke your throne and cut your hair
And from your lips she drew Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

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

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

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 someone who’s seen the light
It’s a cold and broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

lyrics: google play/kd lang

 

© phylor (taleweaver/ing)

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5 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday (on Tuesday): k.d. lang, Hallelujah

  1. Jael Aster December 8, 2015 / 2:33 am

    This is one of my fave songs–and she does it so well. I ran across my Date/Matrimonial bars recipe tonight, which reminded me I hadn’t advised you of my new address. No obligation to visit, but wanted you to know I was thinking of you. Hope you’re doing alright in the holiday bustle… Also wanted to mention how you’ve got me thinking I might put my more-or-less recent photo on my blog–I applaud your courage/vulnerability, so maybe it’s about time I showed some backbone, or at least my 4 chins… :) xxoo, Jael

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  2. Helen Espinosa December 2, 2015 / 10:32 am

    This song is so beautiful. I’ve heard it done well and I’ve heard it done really badly. Lang’s performance was simply stunning! I just heard it last night-Jordan Smith sang it on The Voice. It was amazing! Thanks so much for sharing this! ❤️

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    • tale weaver/ing December 2, 2015 / 11:07 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed k.d. lang’s version. I like Leonard Cohen songs and rank this and Jennifer Warren’s Famous Blue Raincoats as the two best covers of his work I’ve heard.
      Hearing her sing it during the opening ceremonies (sure wish I was there!) was stunning. Later versions, by her, I listened to lacked the raw passion and power.
      I don’t watch The Voice (or other similar shows), but it is one of those lovely synchronistical events that it was featured on the show!
      Funny, now I have myself thinking, as I listen to this or that, “hummmm; song lyric Sunday material?” lol
      Thanks for hosting!

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      • Helen Espinosa December 2, 2015 / 2:54 pm

        I do the same thing! In fact, I was going to use this one after watching The Voice, but you took it. Lol. It is my pleasure to host it. :)

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