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Leonard Cohen – “Hallelujah”

Leonard Cohen has been writing for decades.  He was born in 1934 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  His considerable gifts range from many published poems and books, a dozen albums, numerous college degrees, awards and documentaries.

“Hallelujah” was first released on Cohen’s studio album Various Positions in 1984 and the song has sold over 5 million copies.  John Cale covered it in 1991 and Jeff Buckley recorded a cover which is incredibly haunting.

He released a new album this year, “Old Ideas”,  which has been lauded as one of the year’s best by Rolling Stone and NPR.

Cohen became a major figure in the 60’s and 70’s.  The songs were anthems, hymns, ancient in their concerns, modern in their outlook.  Though not mainstream exactly, he was a genius we held in the highest esteem.  I invite you to listen to as many of his songs as you can, and suggest you bring up Jeff Buckley’s version of Hallelujah as well.

Lyrics here.

More about the song here.

Hallelujah - Various Positions

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