Hallelujah

Composed by the legendary Leonard Cohen

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 in the moonlight overthrew ya

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

Well 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

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 

This has to be one of the most recorded songs in history, and that's because it's  one of the greatest songs ever written.

I wanted it to sound like the song everyone knows, but different.  So I changed the tempo to 4/4 time instead of the slow waltz, to give it a country rock feel, with lots of guitars, and vocal harmony. 

My friend Randy Tredway once told me that a singer/songwriter can do a cover song, but "you better own it."  You tell me.

© 2019 by Wayne Willingham

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