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Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah lyrics

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


faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew her

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

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    This is simply a song about love and how that love was imperfect and broken. It is, like many love songs also a song of pain. One can hear the actual climax of their passion and their love in the chorus. Of the song. No one expresses this better than kd Lang version dated May 2010 live at the logies. Wish they would have printed out all the lyrics to this song as there are many more.
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    This song is a prophecy. The Lord speaks to us by narrating David's story in a poetical way. David had a private relationship with Lord. This is the secret cord. This is not known to Pathseba. Hence he says "you don't" know music. He surpassed the first three forgiving phases and advanced in sin to the fourth and fifth stage. Then comes a fall. Later the Lord lifts him up. The king never thought that his actions of adultery and murder would invoke God's anger. God' action on him baffles him. (So many of us should not think that. God has not acted on our mischiefs and hence boldly progress in our sins.)

    We may say our faith is strong but we fail to provide a proof by giving way to sins. When David was tested he failed and gave way for adultery. Pathseba's affair threw him out of his throne. God strips him of his position as king. He is sent home and he is made to rule his house kitchen instead of the kingdom. His hair that is. His 'glory" is cut. Can he sing praise at this time.(so be careful. We may lose our position and glory).

    All people speak that David was invoking God' s name in vain and many people whose name is not known to David speak badly of him. So why David should be bothered over street talks. Need not be concerned on these. There is truth in what he speaks. He will still praise God.

    His inner strength to resist temptation was not enough. He could not feel his weakness from within. So he touched Pathseba and sinned. He now does not want to fool God. He will confess his sins by standing before Lord God. Though every thing went wrong.

    Comments; one must know scripture well to understand this. It is very easy to write songs of simple praise words. But difficult to write a song/poem based on a pure sermon. If I sermonized this I can speak a lot more than what I have written here.
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