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Hallelujah
Alexandra Burke Lyrics


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I heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the lord
But you don't really care for music, do ya?
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

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
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
And it's not a cry that you hear at night
It's not someone who's seen the light
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

(Hallelujah) hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Alexandra Burke's song Hallelujah are inspired by the original song written by Leonard Cohen in 1984 and are about the complexity of love and faith. The first verse mentions King David, who is said to have played a secret chord that pleased God, but also acknowledges that the listener may not care for music. The lyrics then describe the melody of the song itself, with the fourth and fifth notes followed by a minor fall and a major lift, and notes how even King David was baffled by composing a song to praise God.


The second verse brings the focus to the idea of love and faith, using the biblical story of Bathsheba and David to illustrate love's power to overcome reason and morality. The line "your faith was strong but you needed proof" suggests that faith can be tested by love and desire, and Bathsheba's beauty and the moonlight that surrounds her are overwhelming to David. The verse concludes with Bathsheba drawing the hallelujah from David's lips, suggesting that love can inspire devotion and faith in ways that reason cannot.


The final verse reflects on the limits of love and faith, acknowledging that they cannot always overcome violence and betrayal. The line "all I've ever learned from love, was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya" suggests that love can lead to hurt, and that it can be a violent emotion. The line "it's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah" suggests that even when faith and love fail, people still try to cling to some hope or meaning, even if it is fragile and incomplete.


Line by Line Meaning

I heard there was a secret chord
I heard that there was a special melody


That David played, and it pleased the lord
The melody was played by David and it pleased God


But you don't really care for music, do ya?
You aren't interested in music, are you?


Well it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
Here is how the melody goes, using the fourth and the fifth notes


The minor fall and the major lift
The song includes a sad part and a happy part


The baffled king composing hallelujah
The king who is confused is making up the song called hallelujah


Hallelujah
Hallelujah


Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You have a strong faith, but you want evidence


You saw her bathing on the roof
You saw a woman bathing on the roof


Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
Her beauty and the moonlight made you fall in love


She tied you to her kitchen chair
She tied you to a chair in her kitchen


She broke your throne and she cut your hair
She destroyed your power and cut your hair


And from your lips she drew the hallelujah
She made you sing the song hallelujah


Maybe there's a God above
There might be a higher power


But all I've ever learned from love
All that I learned from love


Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya
Is how to hurt someone who hurt you first


And it's not a cry that you hear at night
You don't hear crying at night


It's not someone who's seen the light
It's not someone who has found enlightenment


It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah
It's a sad and ruined hallelujah song


(Hallelujah) hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah


(Hallelujah) hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah


(Hallelujah) hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah


(Hallelujah) hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah


(Hallelujah) hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah


(Hallelujah) hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah


(Hallelujah) hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah


(Hallelujah) hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah


Hallelujah
Hallelujah




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Leonard Cohen

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@doramunteanu8272

I heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the lord
But you don't really care for music, do ya?
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
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
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
And it's not a cry that you hear at night
It's not someone who's seen the light
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah
hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah



@djjv4353

this used to be my grandma's favourite song but unfortunately she passed away on Sunday 7th may 2017 . we are going to sing this at her funeral





May god bless all you and your family souls who have sent these amazing messages you have all helped me through a hard time and it's appreciated 💯❤️💕💙🙌🏾

Love you all and god bless



@estefafv9480

LETRAS

I heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the lord
But you don't really care for music, do ya?
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

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
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
And it's not a cry that you hear at night
It's not someone who's seen the light
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah
(Hallelujah) hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah



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@clairem9546

All these years on, I still think is the best rendition of this song that I've ever heard. Mind-blowingly beautiful.

@fabianshamano5953

Alexandra you made me fall in love with this song, 2023 hearing you sing it again still makes me cry. Thank you

@jamesdylan2446

Uh you really should hear Jeff Buckley version. His is considered pretty much by the world the only version.

@astridvanzyl3061

I lost my mom nearly 5 years ago. She was just 54 😢 this song got me through some really dark days after that. One of mine and mom's favourite song
God bless everyone going through a tough time losing anyone in your life that meant the world to you. ❤

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