Dienstag, 25. Oktober 2016

New Vine In Old Bottles

Bildergebnis für hallelujah

There were song I know for ages and they appear to my ears from time to time and I feel save and glad listening to it. Some songs are for eternity and this one is one of them. Leonard Cohen wrote it more than 30 years ago and it is a song I love in many versions by now. All in all a simple song with a short message but I think that this message a lot of musicians inspired to make their very own and unique version about. For me almost version has it's own own genuine. This might be one of these songs that could me take to my grave (hopefully a very long time from here).

Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you dont really care for music, do you?
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor falls, the major lifts
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 and the moonlight overthrew her
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

Maybe I've 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
Its a cold and its a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the Name in vain
I dont 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 doesnt matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, but it wasnt much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didnt 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

And this version is by the master himself eight years ago in Montreaux:


TheRobster hat gesagt…

Cale's version is the one for me, even over Lenny's original.

The Swede hat gesagt…

Cohen's original studio recording was a little too smooth for me, but he always nailed it in concert. I saw Jeff Buckley sing it beautifully many times, but, like Robster, I really like John Cale's version.