Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Hallelujah Christmas

I love Leonard Cohen. I have been introduced to his music about 25 years ago - remember yesterday's post? The 2 friends who were tutored by my father? One of them had an (I see now) exquisite taste in music: that's how I came to love Mike Oldfield, Leonard Cohen, Pink Floyd and many others I've never heard before in my little forgotten town I grew up in.

I didn't even realize Cohen is Canadian until we moved to Canada :)

A few years back, when Shrek came out I was ecstatic - my favourite, absolute #1 song ever was sung lovely... and that's probably the main reason I watched Shrek over and over :) OK, maybe not the main reason.

Below you'll find yet another cover of the splendid Hallelujah (it must be the most covered song of all times) - this time with perfectly matching Christmas lyrics:

I've heard about this baby boy
Who's come to earth to bring us joy
And I just want to sing this song to you
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
With every breath I'm singing Hallelujah

A couple came to Bethlehem
Expecting child, they searched the inn
To find a place for You were coming soon
There was no room for them to stay
So in a manger filled with hay
God's only Son was born, oh Hallelujah
The shepherds left their flocks by night
To see this baby wrapped in light
A host of angels led them all to You
It was just as the angels said
You'll find Him in a manger bed
Immanuel and Savior, Hallelujah

A star shown bright up in the east
To Bethlehem, the wisemen three
Came many miles and journeyed long for You
And to the place at which You were
Their frankincense and gold and myrrh
They gave to You and cried out Hallelujah

I know You came to rescue me
This baby boy would grow to be
A man and one day die for me and you
My sins would drive the nails in You
That rugged cross was my cross, too
Still every breath You drew was Hallelujah


1 comment:

  1. I can't actually remember when I first heard that Leonard was recording music; we studied Cohen and Irving Layton poetry in school, probably in the mid-1970s I'm guessing. This "Hallelujah"is a lovely version, isn't it? He apparently wrote over 80 verses originally. This link has some interesting info; I especially love how Leonard responds to THAT question (#23 & 25): http://www.buzzfeed.com/karlstevens/things-you-might-not-know-about-hallejujah


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