Monday, December 21, 2015

Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen



"Hallelujah" is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, originally released on his album Various Positions (1984).

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

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

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

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

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time when you let me know
What's really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
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 at someone who outdrew you
It’s not a cry you can hear at night
It’s not somebody who has seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken 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
Hallelujah


A few side notes:

Leonard Cohen is trying to imagine those notes, which whom David used for getting to this inspirational state of mind and emotions.
King David used to play music since he was a boy, while he was watching over his father herd, and later on when he became King Saul personal musician, and throughout his reign.

David was a talented instrument player and he could help Saul deal with his bad moods, and make him feel better.
But beyond all of that, music had a very deep meaning in King David life.

In the night I shall call my song to remembrance, and with my heart I commune, my spirit.

Leonard Cohen is trying to imagine those notes, which whom David used for getting to these inspirational state of mind and emotions.
King David’s faith and beliefs were indeed strong, but David wanted to be sure that God was by him, that God thought of him as the righteous man. This was an ordeal, in which a man’s character is to be tested whether he is righteous or not!

For example, “You saw her bathing on the roof in these lines; Cohen refers to the story about King David and Bathsheba.”

It goes, “It happened one late afternoon, that David arose off his bed, and was walking around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a women bathes, and the woman was very beautiful to look upon... Why would such a beautiful woman bathe in a place where other people can gaze at her? Did she mean to attract King David and make him take her?

Here there is a resemblance between the beauty of a women and the luminescence of the moon. The beauty of the woman strikes him like the bright light of a full moon. And he is knocked down and defeated by it.

Although, we all have to deal with this, we have to deal with our bodies, our hearts, and souls and minds… it is an urgent appetite and it embraces the whole world as it embraces all of us.

And on the other side of that …it is the same appetite for significance in the cosmos, where each one of us understands his solitude in the cosmos, longs for some affirmation by the maker of the cosmos, and by the creator.



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