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Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah Meaning

Song Released: 1984


Covered By: Rufus Wainwright (2007), Jordan Smith (2015), Pentatonix (2016)


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    anonymous
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    Feb 19th, 2018 2:23am report


    No interpretation needed.
    I love the absolutely awesome music. I put my head back and close my eyes. It is so powerful, heartwarming and peaceful that I feel I'm soaring like an eagle up to Heaven to meet my Lord Jesus. It totally engulfs me with the most beautiful thoughts of God and how great he is.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 18th, 2018 2:18pm report


    It seems the genius of this is both the melodic and lyrical truthfulness of our human experience of the faith struggle. Our embodiment creates both our "I/thou" relationship with God, while it simultaneously invites us to our striving for survival and sexuality, and thus our need for human relationship. The drives that keep us alive and perpetuate our existence.striving for both relationships is our hope as people of faith. As a Christian, I see the life of Christ as our reconciliation of this impossible situation. Christ experienced this brokeness, this struggle as God/human, and gave us this hope. Our choice, under whatever we label it, is to accept this gift, as we will never attain it through our "goodness." I think a relationship with God can only be attained such a reconciliation. This is no denigration of other beliefs. It just rings true for me. I accept this life of struggle because it may be my only hope of reconcliation and all Hod seems to want is this statement of often a pain-filled "Hallelujah."



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    anonymous
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    Jan 20th, 2018 1:14am report


    Such an amazing song... It's really hard to not get goosebumps when I listen to this chef-d'oeuvre!



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    mponce
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    Jan 6th, 2018 1:45pm report


    I think, in the context of the hallelujah being a bitter sweet thing, it is important to mention the music theory behind these repeated hallelujahs;(coupled with the chords) and how they make us feel. We have alterations between an F Major (or happy chord), and A minor chord (a sad chord) occurring with each of the repeated hallelujahs. It all kind of makes sense to me, as a music student, because I knew what was going on; I just never really thought about it until I discovered this interpretation website, and it's kind of cool. What we have going on is a swinging back and forth between the happiness and sadness of the repeated hallelujahs from a music theory standpoint. Super cool to me in context of the rest of the song and the interpretations and thoughts and comments that I've read here.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 24th, 2017 12:30pm report


    Hallelujah song is not a break up song.
    - Christmas is not that Merry



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    anonymous
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    Dec 22nd, 2017 12:58pm report


    I was taken aback to hear this song (more than a few times) sung in celebration of Christmas! A song so sad, about the cold and lonely feeling that persist after a breakup while beautiful is not making Christmas merry for me.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 13th, 2017 12:42am report


    The song is about brokenness.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 7th, 2017 12:05pm report


    What about the part being tied to the kitchen chair, broke your throne and cut your hair?

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    anonymous
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    Nov 14th, 2017 11:06pm report


    I think this is about David playing the harp for King Saul and then after he is anointed king by Samuel, it is about him and Bathsheba and Sampson and Delilah.
    I love this song it is beautiful and peaceful

    and yes, there is a God above and he loves you more than you can know. :)



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    anonymous
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    Nov 14th, 2017 11:02pm report


    I think this is about David and Bathsheba and Sampson and Delilah.
    I love this song it is beautiful and peaceful



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    anonymous
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    Oct 25th, 2017 10:23pm report


    If there were no words, if many of the powerful vocalizations were "humming" along, the harmonic vibration of the music is powerful enough to send a chill up my spin and bring a tear to my eye.
    The Hallelujah Chorus sung powerfully in an acoustically resonant cathedral always evokes a warm chill.
    Music soothes (or arouses) the savage beast.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 25th, 2017 10:18pm report


    If there were no words, if many of the powerful vocalizations were "humming" along, the harmonic vibration of the music is powerful enough to send a chill up my spin and bring a tear to my eye.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 17th, 2017 10:50pm report


    To me the song speaks of the Christian who is in close and deeply satisfying communion and fellowship with God, but being human, makes choices that God has warned him about. As a child who test the limits of parental authority, he proves to himself (and learns the hard way) what God is warning against. As David and Samson each made their choices, their spiritual fervor for God, their power in Him, and their intimate knowledge of Him and what is happening under the heavens (on earth) was diminished in the process. Love could not be the beautiful and pure experience they so longed for— it was cold and broken because it could not reflect God’s principles and who He is. Where before they lived and moved and had their being in Christ, (moving in you) through the Holy Spirit (dove), now it was a cold and broken existence, Having learned a hard and bitter lesson, they could still go forward with God... only now their Hallelujah could not come from a place of greater purity, but from a place now tainted with evidence of their human-ness. Hence we all, in one way or another, cry out to God with our broken yet sincere Hallelujah. The melody resonates truth in our deepest heart, even if the meaning of the words might elude us.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 15th, 2017 10:23pm report


    I think this song is about sin and how we of place blame for our own sin elsewhere rather than take responsibilty for it and repent. When he says “she tied you to the chair” its a metaphor placing blame upon Bathsheba for His, King Davids sin. When we place blame and dont take rrsponsiblilty we lose power in our lives. When we take responsibility that power is restored.
    And in our weakness and our strength we still praise the Lord. We say Hallelujah!



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    anonymous
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    Sep 24th, 2017 9:29pm report


    Here are my interpretations of the four most common verses, although you can explain the other verses with the same method. The song resonates around one word, Hallelujah, and in every instance it means one thing: orgasm.

    The first verse:
    ...The minor fall, the major lift,
    the baffled king composing Hallelujah...

    The king was not sure how to find a love and be sure he brought her to delight with an orgasm, so he set himself a task to learn how to 'compose' one he could be sure would work.

    The second verse:
    ... She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
    and from your lips, she drew the Hallelujah...

    Seeing how he was bound and subject to the woman's whims, and as she seems to be playing the role of a dominatrix, she would not hesitate to reach sexual release from him. She has him helpless, and cooperative. She reaches an orgasm as he performs cunnilingus, an oral sexual act where the lips and tongue are used to bring about the desired orgasm.

    The third verse:
    …the holy dove was moving too,
    and every breath we drew was Hallelujah…

    They had a wonderful sex life at one time; they shared everything about themselves with each other. Each time they made love and reached an orgasm, it was a celebration. However, for some reason, after a while things started going badly.

    The fourth verse:
    …I’ll stand before the Lord of song,
    with nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah…

    Not a difficult verse at all. He’ll be positioned in front of the “Lord“ of song, the only thing on his mind and tongue is an orgasm waiting to happen, as this is a common position for fellatio. The “Lord” is not God, so don’t be outraged.

    In an interview Leonard Cohen said there were many Hallelujahs, as sex has countless situations and forms. Here we see but a few.

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