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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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    God_is_truly_Love
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    Feb 19th, 2018 2:01am report


    Verse 6: (continued)
    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 and I think that's really what God wants humility, real love from us, and then an eternity with us just that way, which is how we should spend eternity with the source of all true love....and that's why the night needs to come before the day.



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    God_is_truly_Love
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    Feb 19th, 2018 2:54am report


    We have to remember that he only knew the 1st person of God, the Father. I think he sensed that incompleteness in his understanding and Love of God, as this was the only true love he found after disappointments in human relationships...he longed to know his one true love who would never fail him but didn't understand, why all the suffering, why do I have to go thru these betrayals and the chaos and pain...so part of would be answered by Jesus coming and teaching and of course the next ones turn with of the holy spirit....I think he probably understood part of it as we can tell from reading psalms, and understanding Gods thoughts...like the Jewish day starts at night (like our life on earth) and then the light is second and will someday be eternal culminating with darkness no more in eternity) but for him it was still like looking through a glass darkly...anyway that's my 2 cents...love that song



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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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