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

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah

—Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen.

Among the many other musicians who have performed covers of this song are Maxwell Murder/Saturday’s Car Ride Home, Jeff Martin, Willie Nelson, Elisa, Bono, Bob Dylan, Clare Bowditch, Fred Eaglesmith, Steve Acho, Allison Crowe, Patricia O’Callaghan, Jackie Greene, Ryan Adams, Julie Felix, Damien Leith, Anthony Michael Hall, Bettie Serveert, Custard, k.d. lang, Kevin Max, Gord Downie, Steffen Brandt/Tina Dico (in Danish translation), Enrique Morente (flamenco version, translated to Spanish), Street to Nowhere, Wayne Whittaker, the Prayerbabies, Kathryn Williams, Lucky Jim, Imogen Heap, Myrra Malmberg, Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, Alistair Griffin and Hilary Scott.

Counting live performances, the list includes Ari Hest, Brandi Carlile, Howie Day, Gavin DeGraw, Dave Dobbyn, The Dresden Dolls, Chris Clonts, Damien Rice, David Ford (musician), Jay Clifford, Mike Winger, Regina Spektor, Starsailor, Donna Lynne Champlin, Alter Bridge, and Sheryl Crow.

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