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Jeff Buckley — Hallelujah
Album: Grace
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Released: 1994
Length: 6:48
Plays (last 30 days): 5
Well, I heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do ya?

Well, it goes like this: the fourth, the fifth,
The minor fall and the major lift,
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, your faith was strong, but you needed proof,
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya

And she tied you to her kitchen chair,
And she broke your throne and she cut your hair,
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, baby, I've been here before,
I've seen this room and I've walked this floor
You know, I used to live alone before I knew ya

And I've seen your flag on the marble arch
And love is not a victory march,
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, there was a time when you let me know
What's really going on below,
But now you never show that to me, do ya?

But remember when I moved in you,
And the holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, maybe there is a God above
But all I've ever learned from love,
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya

And it's not a cry that you hear at night
It's not somebody who's seen the light,
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah
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 cavemanleong wrote:

The absolute best cover I've ever heard of this song. Jeff made it his own. Still missing him after all these years. 



I was just thinking the same. No one covers it better.
 belegato wrote:

God I hate this song, by anyone.


To each his own... thank you for just stating your opinion, rather than attacking the artist. I can respect your comment because of that.
Simon and CJ and Posse Comitatus. Always.
Imagine losing your hearing? Imagine not being able to hear Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah? Not ever again? 


That wouldn't be so bad.
The day this album came out I ran to the store to get it and It's been in my player for ages... I'd love to hear the song 'Eternal Life' on RP more too, and all the other songs on that album for all I care.
This is not a church song. And no it is not Jeff Buckley’s now. To each their own on which version you like best, but it is Cohen through and through.

Write me a song that every teenager wants to be deflowered to. 

Leonard Cohen: 
"Hold my beer." 

Jeff Buckley: 
"No, hold my beer!!!"




While I love this song I think it's pretty well played out on RP, like songs in heavy rotation on the radio.
The critics of this rendition of or of this original song need to get a transplant of their taste glands. One of the most outstanding poetic renditions of faith and doubt, life and love and done with musical brilliance. You can all do one big time (and that is without expletives)!
Great song! [obviously] rendered beautifully. What a pity, but I've donethings j
 KelvinEcho wrote:

This... this is just a pale shadow of the power of the original. Give us Cohen's version, please.

There‘s quite a few interpretations of the original, all different and all in their own right. Try Popa Chubby‘s live version. Brilliant. 

This song now reminds me of "Brown Eyes Girl".  Similar to Van the Man, this is the only song the majority of people ever want to hear from Buckley against a substantial back catalog of brilliance.  Please play anything else!
God I hate this song, by anyone.
whiney nonsense.  next song please!
Outstanding! His sensless death was a minor tragedy!
This... this is just a pale shadow of the power of the original. Give us Cohen's version, please.
 cavemanleong wrote:


This version by Jeff Buckley is regarded by music critics and fans the world over as a classic gem. But apparently, you had to be different, simply because you're sooooooooo special. See that >| next to the play button? Click that. See where that takes you.


its bit shit 
 dtl wrote:

Nice version, yes, but how about getting John Cale's version into the rotation?


Now that would be very interesting to listen too
Nice version, yes, but how about getting John Cale's version into the rotation?
 liveaudio608 wrote:

Visceral and unpleasant reaction to this whinny whine.  



This version by Jeff Buckley is regarded by music critics and fans the world over as a classic gem. But apparently, you had to be different, simply because you're sooooooooo special. See that >| next to the play button? Click that. See where that takes you.
Visceral and unpleasant reaction to this whinny whine.  
I love the song but JB either doesn't get it or maybe just suffered from taking himself too serious.  Listen to LC's original for interpretation or to kd lang for the quality of singing. 
 acolt wrote:

When Johnny Cash covered "Hurt," Trent Reznor acknowledged, somewhat begrudgingly, that the song was no longer his, it was Cash's. 

I feel pretty comfortable in saying that this song is no longer Leonard Cohen's, it's Jeff Buckley's. And that's fine. Cohen has a whole bunch of songs that are still his. Let Jeff have this one.



hear, hear
This song (cover) hurts too much. 

Can.not.listen

Its kind of beyond a 10 rating in a non numerical universe
My eyes well up every time I hear this. Play this to the aliens when they finally show their faces...PEACE forever!
Kd Lang’s olympics opening ceremony version was excellent. This is just overdone with people not understanding the lyrics and thinking it is a church song. This version. Is too sappy.
 tgalvinize wrote:

How do I say this nicely?  (being Canadian and all..)  While I'm happy that many Americans have got to know and love this song through this cover, us Canadians have loved and treasured both the author/composer's (Leonard Cohen) heart-wrenching version, and the quintessential cover, most notably sung live, in bare feet and in tribute to Cohen who was sitting in the front row, by the goddess herself, kd lang.  Welcome to the team friends, and glad you like Jeff's version, but gad, the originals were devastatingly beautiful and still make me pause when I hear them today, decades later. 



Prick
Many, many versions and still no one has topped k. d. Lang (imho)

How do I say this nicely?  (being Canadian and all..)  While I'm happy that many Americans have got to know and love this song through this cover, us Canadians have loved and treasured both the author/composer's (Leonard Cohen) heart-wrenching version, and the quintessential cover, most notably sung live, in bare feet and in tribute to Cohen who was sitting in the front row, by the goddess herself, kd lang.  Welcome to the team friends, and glad you like Jeff's version, but gad, the originals were devastatingly beautiful and still make me pause when I hear them today, decades later. 
absoltly amazing version of léonard cohen song ...... wonderfull artist.....
I went to a wedding where the bride walked down the aisle to this song. Clearly she didn't listen to the lyrics.
 billyboydubai wrote:

This is the most over rated sappy, long and repetitive song ever and you play this waaay to much, Bill!!!  Fingernails on a chalkboard.  



i hear ya
 Stetsonman wrote:

this is one song that needs to be unwritten and deleted from the musical record.
i wish that were possible.
it is drivel and from the start i wish it to end. but like a bad disease it just keeps going

hey my first post, i signed up to give this a MINUS TEN



I stand by every word. 
How people gush forth forth over this bollox shows there are plenty limp minded people out there. 
and jeez leonard cohen what a depressing prick and thank god this buckley twat din't get to record much more. 
This is the most over rated sappy, long and repetitive song ever and you play this waaay to much, Bill!!!  Fingernails on a chalkboard.  
I love Leonard's understated original. And much of Tim Buckley's output is absolutely wonderful. But honestly, I don't get all the adulation for this version. Just dull to me. No subtlety. No real nuance.
 Stetsonman wrote:

this is one song that needs to be unwritten and deleted from the musical record.
i wish that were possible.
it is drivel and from the start i wish it to end. but like a bad disease it just keeps going

hey my first post, i signed up to give this a MINUS TEN



Well congratulations, you got 10 thumbs down on your post so mission accomplished it would seem.
 cavemanleong wrote:

The absolute best cover I've ever heard of this song. Jeff made it his own. Still missing him after all these years. 



It's one of the best cover versions ever.
 cavemanleong wrote:

The absolute best cover I've ever heard of this song. Jeff made it his own. Still missing him after all these years. 



Check out KD Lang for a great cover
No discernible break between normal and head voice. That took some serious ability.
Hey BillG its Tim Buckleys son!!! Stetsonman - you need some love in your life. we dont care what you hate. Hope you get the attention and love you need.
i hate this fucking song
Jeff took this anthem to new heights. Goosebumps!
it's TRITE.

and also shite
Ok. That ending really broke me. Sublime
 dmcanany wrote:


Out of curiosity, just how many covers of this song are there? 

Recorded as in an album:

John Cale
Jeff Buckley
Rufus Wainwright
k.d. lang
Alexandra Burke
Pentatonix

and then 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...(Leonard_Cohen_song)#Other_cover_versions

Also give this a listen:
https://www.wnycstudios.org/po...





 cavemanleong wrote:

The absolute best cover I've ever heard of this song. Jeff made it his own. Still missing him after all these years. 



Out of curiosity, just how many covers of this song are there? 
much preferred Tim
He should still be singing that's for sure.
love this song--prefer the original by Leonard Cohen....
So well done. I especially like the guitar work.

BUT...
It is so overplayed. everywhere. Takes the magic away.
 hellsgardener wrote:


Always makes me smile to see choirs singing this with their best devout faces on - if only they knew 



I think with Leonard Cohen there's not much space between spirituality and sensuality. I'm with you that some folks singing this might not catch both aspects of it. Leonard Cohen is like that though. That's why I enjoy his music.
 I felt Sleepy
Terrific. 
LC must have been very proud when he heard this version.
 chicago_mies wrote:

there are so many great versions of this song but Jeff Buckley's cover gets a "10-Godlike" ranking from me.  If you haven't heard it, Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History Podcast covers the story of how Jeff Buckley discovered and transformed this song.
https://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/07-hallelujah  




I know that very many RPeeps love Buckley's rendition.  I hear a whiny kid going over the top.
Cohen did a great on his song during his later tours.
Sick of this song.  So many other awesome songs by Jeff.  Please stop playing it...
 firefly6 wrote:

Inappropriately performed as a spiritual song so many times...



Always makes me smile to see choirs singing this with their best devout faces on - if only they knew 
Like father like son, tragic and talented...
 ace-marc wrote:


Yeah, of all the versions this is the worst.


Pffff.  We're all taking you very seriously.
 wmrhendry wrote:


Check out KD Lang from the 2020 olympics, 


kd's was very good...I remember being stunned... but Jeff's version is better.
 cavemanleong wrote:

The absolute best cover I've ever heard of this song. Jeff made it his own. Still missing him after all these years. 



Check out KD Lang from the 2010 olympics, 
I just need to say, this song hits deep today.  In the wake of the Derek Chauvin verdict yesterday, this song's lyric, "it's a cold and broken Hallelujah", is how the Twin Cities feels today, at least for me.  I feel like we just survived a wildfire or a deadly storm.  We emerge from our shelters, see the incredible destruction around us, and yet we're still alive, and yet it could have been so much worse.  This time, we will build back with more justice, and humanity.  Thank you for your music, Jeff Buckley.  RIP and Hallelujah.  Hallelujah, Everyone.  
 ebanzai wrote:

I dunno, I like this well enough, but I'd much rather hear  Cohen's version.



Yeah, of all the versions this is the worst.
Time to change it up Bill - getting stale around here.
I think I liked this song perhaps the first 800 times. 
Like the birthday song, it has gotten really, really, old and annoying.
Never, ever need to hear it again. Will likely hear it hundreds more times.

Overly dramatic, sap-fest of saccharhine.
The genius of Leonard Cohen and the brilliance of Jeff Buckley.....  
A marriage made in heaven ?
The best cover ever made?
Inappropriately performed as a spiritual song so many times...
 cavemanleong wrote:
The absolute best cover I've ever heard of this song. Jeff made it his own. Still missing him after all these years. 
 

I agree it is outstanding. I still feel like the version of Rufus Wainwright, that he played on (I think) an irish channel is a bit better, because it carries more emotion, sadness.
 serban.popadiuc wrote:
Have to say, it's a bit disappointing that from all his songs only this cover is being played, which is still a 10 for me, but i think JB is an absolute treasure and should be played more. Grace is a masterpiece. 
 Agreed. Every song on it is a gem, and as extraordinary this one is, there are better (at the very least, less worn). I'd like to hear Last Goodbye more often.
10
 acolt wrote:
When Johnny Cash covered "Hurt," Trent Reznor acknowledged, somewhat begrudgingly, that the song was no longer his, it was Cash's. 

I feel pretty comfortable in saying that this song is no longer Leonard Cohen's, it's Jeff Buckley's. And that's fine. Cohen has a whole bunch of songs that are still his. Let Jeff have this one.
 
I have to disagree. Buckley has made it his song, but it is a different song than Cohen's. There is something a little too sweet about Buckley's version for my taste. Cohen's version has more depth to it.
Johnny Cash took Trent Reznor's song and made it more.
Still one of my favorite albums.  This song is ethereal.
I dunno, I like this well enough, but I'd much rather hear  Cohen's version.
Props to the wondrous songsmith - Cohen's works are beautiful indeed.
LLRP!!
 Stetsonman wrote:
this is one song that needs to be unwritten and deleted from the musical record.
i wish that were possible.
it is drivel and from the start i wish it to end. but like a bad disease it just keeps going

hey my first post, i signed up to give this a MINUS TEN
 
Hey One Post Wonder - thanks for sharing your ignorance with us


 dwlangham wrote:
I liked this song. Once. Then it got to be a bit much, in part because it has become overused as a quasi-religious secular anthem.  
 
WTF is a "quasi-religious secular anthem"?


When Johnny Cash covered "Hurt," Trent Reznor acknowledged, somewhat begrudgingly, that the song was no longer his, it was Cash's. 

I feel pretty comfortable in saying that this song is no longer Leonard Cohen's, it's Jeff Buckley's. And that's fine. Cohen has a whole bunch of songs that are still his. Let Jeff have this one.
Have to say, it's a bit disappointing that from all his songs only this cover is being played, which is still a 10 for me, but i think JB is an absolute treasure and should be played more. Grace is a masterpiece. 
my favorite rendition of this track, although watching Cohen perform it live at his last show in Milwaukee was pretty cool
This song takes me far, far away from here.
 forge wrote:
Nobody else should have ever tried to cover this track, the only valid versions are this one and Leonard's. So say we all.
 

Apart from John Cale.
Amen to the haircut.....
Nobody else should have ever tried to cover this track, the only valid versions are this one and Leonard's. So say we all.
<sees political discussion> <gets antsy>

Um, oh look, Jeff Buckley! He's awesome!
"Dumb enough to be an American"?  "Catastrophic  fail"?  Really?  Politics aside, and apologies to the even less locked down Sweden,  I assumed a large portion of your audience is American.  A large number of them suffering from...politically selective lockdowns.   radioparadise9 wrote:

"Why bow to the tyranny" - don't bow to no stinking virus!
Dumb enough to be an American 

Are you tired of winning yet?
World leading infection rate ... and total deaths
.... totally out of control

Covid poses a cultural IQ test .... the USA is a catastrophic FAIL




 
There should be a law that the only versions of this song allowed are Jeff Buckleys, and of course Leonards, and maybe Adam Sandlers.
 DrMacDaddy wrote:

Angels require no effort to sing.
 
Got a video of angels singing ... or eating pizza ... ?


 ColdMiser wrote:
"And she tied you to her kitchen chair,
And she broke your throne and she cut your hair,
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah"

that will be me when i finally get my hair cut after the lockdown is over
 
How's that lockdown working out?
The USA never locked down ... and has paid a terrible price, with plenty more to come

Greetings from a place with no community transmission since April 2020






 richgoose wrote:

why bow to the tyranny, just follow the market where it moved to and you will get a haircut no problemo - stop complying
 
"Why bow to the tyranny" - don't bow to no stinking virus!
Dumb enough to be an American 

Are you tired of winning yet?
World leading infection rate ... and total deaths
.... totally out of control

Covid poses a cultural IQ test .... the USA is a catastrophic FAIL




 Stetsonman wrote:
this is one song that needs to be unwritten and deleted from the musical record.
i wish that were possible.
it is drivel and from the start i wish it to end. but like a bad disease it just keeps going

hey my first post, i signed up to give this a MINUS TEN
 

Oh come now, tell us how you really feel!

Though I don't share your sentiments, I do appreciate the passion in your comment. It definitely made me laugh!
Thank God he left us this before he left us.
Thank you, Bill, for playing this a few minutes after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the election. Couldn't agree more.
 chicago_mies wrote:
there are so many great versions of this song but Jeff Buckley's cover gets a "10-Godlike" ranking from me.  If you haven't heard it, Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History Podcast covers the story of how Jeff Buckley discovered and transformed this song.
https://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/07-hallelujah  
 I agree, however, KD Lang's live version is quite spectacular as well.

 flyboy wrote:
The way he holds that note at the end is pretty incredible.
 

28 seconds - if I am prepared, I can hold that note for that long, but it won't be that pretty with a quivering vibrato. The part that kills me is that he goes right back into another beautiful 12+ second run right after that with no gasping breath; I'd be sucking wind right then.
 skyhigh_71 wrote:
For me, this is THE superlative version.
 

i immediately went and played Cohen's  right after  Buckley's version of this song, while reading some of the comments here...
Re maxvonevil wrote:
Gave it a chance, but hard Nope. This kid can't hold a candle to Alex Burke's performing this song on X-factor back in 2008:

 Edweirdo wrote:

I have to assume that you're trolling, because the alternative is too horrible to contemplate.
The lesson that less can be (and usually is) more than enough is not alas a current trend! Simplicity and class wins over raw effort.
I liked this song. Once. Then it got to be a bit much, in part because it has become overused as a quasi-religious secular anthem.  
So much for productivity today, now I'm just gonna be sad.
Leonard Cohen,  Jeff Buckley.........the world is a poorer place for their absence.
Best-ever version of this song is by Kurt Nilsen, Espen Lind, Askil Holm and Alejandro Fuentes. Absolutely beautiful 
 maxvonevil wrote:
Gave it a chance, but hard Nope. This kid can't hold a candle to Alex Burke's performing this song on X-factor back in 2008: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaWLsgxDzuw
 
I have to assume that you're trolling, because the alternative is too horrible to contemplate.
 chicago_mies wrote:
there are so many great versions of this song but Jeff Buckley's cover gets a "10-Godlike" ranking from me.  If you haven't heard it, Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History Podcast covers the story of how Jeff Buckley discovered and transformed this song.
https://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/07-hallelujah  
Fantastic story of which Jeff Buckley is a part .  

https://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/07-hallelujah



Gave it a chance, but hard Nope. This kid can't hold a candle to Alex Burke's performing this song on X-factor back in 2008: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaWLsgxDzuw
This never gets old for me!
I love this version, but I prefer the version by John Cale. 
Can I give tihis another 10?
I can't remember who posted this, years ago, but this best explains the intent Of Leonard Cohen's lyrics: 

"The song begins with David, one of God's most devout servants, who spoils that relationship in his adulterous passion for Bathsheba. In the line "she cut your hair" he probably thinks of Samson, whose bond to God as a Nazarite (symbolized by his uncut hair) was likewise broken when his passion for Delilah blinded him to her betrayal.

In the lyrics that grow out of those two stories, Cohen rejects the idea that romantic love is discovery, victory, or revelation. Rather, it is urgent and painful, it seems to have happened against the will of the singer himself, and it has left him broken. Yet though he is broken, he cries out Hallelujah—the ultimate cry of praise—to a love so emotionally overwhelming it's like worship." 

Beautiful...
 buddy wrote:
This never gets old for me. The best version ever of this tune. Especially poignant given how Tim left us. 
 

Actually, When you think about all the other versions, this would be the worst.
 justin4kick wrote:
That was truly magnificent. Still I wouldn't mind not hearing the song for the next 5 years or so.
 
LOL {#Roflol}
That was truly magnificent. Still I wouldn't mind not hearing the song for the next 5 years or so.
The way he holds that note at the end is pretty incredible.
 ColdMiser wrote:
"And she tied you to her kitchen chair,
And she broke your throne and she cut your hair,
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah"

that will be me when i finally get my hair cut after the lockdown is over
 
why bow to the tyranny, just follow the market where it moved to and you will get a haircut no problemo - stop complying
enough already....
"And she tied you to her kitchen chair,
And she broke your throne and she cut your hair,
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah"

that will be me when i finally get my hair cut after the lockdown is over
 mach-hog wrote:
Leonard! This is very, very good. Rufus’s is the best of the covers though.
Interesting. I'm a fan of Rufus, but cannot stand his version. The phrasing is weak, as if he is just trying to rush through the song, and it is far too whiny.  I agree with another post that perhaps there are enough covers of this song!
I used to love this song but it is simply too overplayed.  I loved Jeff Buckley's version though.   I don't hear much of his other work?