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Hallelujah
Jeff Buckley Lyrics


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Well 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?
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 ya
She tied you to her kitchen chair
And she broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

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

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
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
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 somebody 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

Overall Meaning

The opening verse introduces the myth of King David, who, according to the Old Testament, was a young shepherd boy when he became a favorite composer of the Israelite King Saul. Once David became king himself, he was able to establish the House of David, which would be remembered as a royal line of Jewish leaders who would play a key role in the lead-up to Christianity. The first line of the verse, "Well I’ve heard there was a secret chord," seems to refer to this story, as David's music is believed to have had great power.


The rest of the verse describes the notes of the chord as the "fourth, fifth, the minor fall, and the major lift," implying that the chord had a complex, emotional quality that resonated with the divine. The final line, "The baffled king composing Hallelujah," suggests that the power of this music was such that even King David was awed and enraptured by it, even though he was the one creating it.


The second verse is a more personal one, telling the story of a relationship that has gone wrong. The singer suggests that he was once close to his partner, but now they are distant, symbolized by the line "But now you never show that to me, do ya?" The relationship has a tragic feel to it, as if it were destined to fail, as suggested by the line "And love is not a victory march, it's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah." This lyric implies that life is uncertain and complicated, and that even though people often try to find victory and triumph in love, that doesn't always happen.


Line by Line Meaning

Well I've heard there was a secret chord
I've heard there was a special way to play music


That David played and it pleased the Lord
It made God happy when David played it


But you don't really care for music, do you?
But I don't think you're interested in music


Well it goes like this
Here's how it goes


The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift
It's based on some musical intervals that make a certain pattern


The baffled king composing Hallelujah
The king who wrote Hallelujah was confused by something he didn't understand


Hallelujah
Hallelujah


Hallelujah
Hallelujah


Hallelujah
Hallelujah


Hallelujah
Hallelujah


Well your faith was strong but you needed proof
You had a lot of faith, but you still needed something to prove it to yourself


You saw her bathing on the roof
You saw her taking a bath on the roof


Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
Her beauty, combined with the light of the moon, captivated and overwhelmed you


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


And she broke your throne and she cut your hair
She destroyed everything you had and cut your hair


And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
And she made you exclaim Hallelujah


Hallelujah
Hallelujah


Hallelujah
Hallelujah


Hallelujah
Hallelujah


Hallelujah
Hallelujah


But baby I've been here before
But I've been in a similar situation before


I've seen this room and I've walked this floor
I've been in this room and walked on this floor


You know, I used to live alone before I knew ya
I used to live alone before I met you


And I've seen your flag on the marble arch
I've seen your flag flying over a monument


And love is not a victory march
Love isn't always winning


It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah
It's difficult and imperfect but still worthy of praise


Hallelujah
Hallelujah


Hallelujah
Hallelujah


Hallelujah
Hallelujah


Hallelujah
Hallelujah


Well there was a time when you let me know
You used to confide in me


What's really going on below
What you were really thinking and feeling


But now you never show that to me do ya
But now you don't show me anything, do you?


But remember when I moved in you
Remember when we were intimate and vulnerable with each other


And the holy dove was moving too
And there was a sense of spiritual connection between us


And every breath we drew was Hallelujah
Everything felt perfect and worthy of praise


Hallelujah
Hallelujah


Hallelujah
Hallelujah


Hallelujah
Hallelujah


Hallelujah
Hallelujah


Maybe there's a God above
Perhaps there's a higher power


But all I've ever learned from love
But all I really know about love


Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya
Is that sometimes you need to hurt someone who has hurt you first


And it's not a cry that you hear at night
It's not just sound you hear in the middle of the night


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


It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah
But it's still a difficult, imperfect 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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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@SimuLord

I've been kicked hard by life. Lost my dad when I was nine. Got institutionalized in my teens by my mom because she didn't want to raise me anymore. Fought my way out of that hell into my first apartment when I was 18, against medical advice, and thrived. Got my social worker dismissed before my 20th birthday. Lost my first love when schizophrenia turned her into a shell of herself, as gone to me as if she'd died in my arms.

I did OK in my 20s. Knocked around a lot. Worked as a casino wiseguy, a freelance writer, cheap, dead-end jobs, got married at 27...

...but the demons were just setting me up for some even harder knocks. Got divorced at 32. Turns out I make a terrible husband because I'm too broken to be able to handle someone else. She left because I was 'emotionally unavailable' and I had absolutely nothing to counter the argument. Then the Great Recession happened and I ended up homeless.

Didn't matter. Fought my way off the street. I'd been through worse, honestly. Homelessness was playing with house money, but "house money" was what I was earning. You haven't learned what true appreciation is until you've been without your own toilet to take a dump in and you finally get that most basic of human privileges back.

Keeping the place, now that was a whole new set of challenges. Worked a job with a two-hour commute and garbage pay that made me seriously think that I was going to break. I was at a point where I'd rather be on the street than working that job...hell, death didn't even sound like a bad alternative.

And just when I came out of that—quit the job, went full-time freelance again—I had a heart attack. Before I went in for surgery, I finished an article I'd been working on because no way was I going to my grave having missed a deadline, said "if I don't come out of this, just remember to play The Ecstasy of Gold as you light the barge to send me to meet the gods"...and survived.

I was 38.

And somehow that last reprieve finally turned the corner. I'll be 45 next month. I'm working a fantastic job with great co-workers and a boss who used the word "ecstatic" at my last review.

And there are two songs that truly capture the feeling of how grateful I am to have been blessed with whatever weird survivor gene is in my DNA. One is "Leader of the Band" by Dan Fogelberg, a song that belongs to my father.

The other is this song.

You can only get so far on "my life's pretty bad but at least I'm not this guy"...but if I can claw my way through hell and back, I hope like hell it inspires someone else.

Hallelujah.



@mrssunshine3843

I'm posting the lyrics, so when someone hears this for the first time, they'll know the words ♡

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
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Baby, I've been here before
I've seen this room and I've walked this floor
You know, I used to live alone before I knew you
And I've seen your flag on the marble arch
And Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
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 you?
But remember, when I moved in you
And the holy dove was moving too
And every breath, we drew was 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 you?
And 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
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah



@zuruka2289

Lyrics
Well 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 [x4]

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 [x4]

Baby I've been here before
I've seen this room and I've walked this floor (you know)
I used to live alone before I knew you
And I've seen your flag on the marble arch
And love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah [x4]

There was a time when you let me know
What's really going on below
But now you never show that to me, do you?
But remember when I moved in you
And the holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah [x4]

Maybe there's a God above
All I've ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
And 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 [x13]



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@anishadhikari6233

I'm leaving this comment here so that whenever someone likes it, I come to listen this song and feel him over and again!

@andychris6069

come enjoy it again my friend

@gazepskotzs4

Here we are..

@firebugeyes

And again!

@haydenbyrnes4604

and again

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Come listen with me

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@Patapouf_

“I don’t really need to be remembered. I hope the music’s remembered.”

— Jeff Buckley

@bankai1835

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@deborahstevenson4091

Well I'll remember you anyway and your father too and his music.

@ambianknight6816

Remembered.

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