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Hallelujah Lyrics Meaning
Hallelujah Lyrics Meaning

Analyzing a song/ poem line by line sometimes misses the core of meaning which may actually be not fully realized by the author himself.

What I see in Hallelujah, is a man who finds it hard to reconcile his own singular personal quest for truth as a spiritual seeker and as a creative artist with earthly love.

He is "overthrown" by the beauty of a woman. He feels he has sacrificed his power for desire, emotional needs and freedom from the burden of loneliness.

Inevitably the hallelujah, the ecstasy, fades and with it comes disillusionment. So there is a sense he has been left with little, doubting a god above and likening earthly love to a gunfight. It is as if he has betrayed his deepest yearnings and is only left with a "cold and broken hallelujah", a pleading exhortation.

Yet the tone of the song is so beautiful and sorrowful, there is a suggestion that he has reconciled those feelings and accepted the limits of the relationship, knowing that even sharing a life with someone cannot ease his inner loneliness.

Hallelujah is a beautiful, ironic and melancholy masterpiece.

by Crissy (edited)

Hallelujah: The song revolves around the word Hallelujah, which is a Hebrew word which means praise Yah/Jah or the Lord, and through the song, saying that all Hallelujahs are of equal value. Weather in complete blissful faith or from broken desperation, all ways and goals to praise the lord mean the same and are all equal, no matter the circumstance. Francis O'Brien

Hallelujah - lyrics - Words & Music by Leonard Cohen
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?
Well, it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah


Well, your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah


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


Well, there was a time when you'd let me know
What's really going on below,
But now you never show that to me, do you?
But remember when I moved in you,
And the Holy Ghost was moving too,
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah


Well, maybe there is a God above,
But all that I've ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you.
It's not a cry that you hear at night,
And it is not somebody who has seen the light
It's a cold and it is a broken Hallelujah

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