I love Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, my kids have sung it in choir and when I heard the following version by Kelley Mooney written with spiritual and liturgical lyrics I knew I wanted to post the song and video on my blog for the Easter season.
History of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen wrote this song in 1984 and struggled with it for many years with it going through draft 80 verses before settling on the final edit. The original version pulls from the Old Testament Bible and references Samson, Delilah, King David and Bathsheba. Lyric changes have occurred over the years and Holy ghost has even been substituted with “holy dove.”
Considering the struggle to write and originally publish the song it has been covered and sung by more than 300 artists and sold more than 5 million copies (source Wikipedia). In 2013 it was sung at Fenway Park to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings before the Red Sox game.
Choir Sings Hallelujah
As you know, or maybe you don’t, I am very proud of our local Elmwood-Murdock school choir. More than 75% of the student body participates in the music program. So enjoy the original version of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. Please excuse the recording and the baby in the background. Enjoy and have a wonderful Easter.
Leonard Cohen Songs and Sheet Music
Other Versions of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
Happy Easter Everyone