Rewriting Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen (Biblical version)

I have always really appreciated the song “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, ever since I first heard it played in the movie Shrek for that one part where Shrek and Fiona get all angsty towards the end. It has a nice, nostalgic melody in a minor key that isn’t too common, I think….plus the lyrics are poetic and well-crafted.

However, I was never too ecstatic about the somewhat erotic content that overlays the Biblical language being used, and I’ve always wanted to try reprising it so that it speaks more from a true, Biblical perspective. Plus, I saw this Youtube video and it inspired me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFb5DKod4KI

It’s beautiful, heartfelt, and passionate! Glory be to God! Sooooo I wanted to try writing my own version (but not singing it, nope). My version below doesn’t change the lyrics nearly as much as the guys from the video, though. I wished to adhere to the original content as much as possible while giving it a Biblical twist.

Here it is (chords included):

G                                 Em
I heard there was a secret chord
G                                 Em
That David played and it pleased the Lord
C                     D                     G         D
He sang and worshiped every midnight to Him
G                                 C                     D
Well it goes like this the fourth, the fifth,
Em                   C
The minor fall, the major lift
D                     B                     Em
The fallen king composing hallelujah
C                     Em       C         G         D         G
Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah

Well your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you
she tied you to her kitchen chair
she broke your throne she cut your hair
but then you wept, and cried out hallelujah

Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah

Maybe I’ve been here before
I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor
I used to live without you in the darkness
But I see your flag on the marble arch
Love has made its victory march
A thousand tongues proclaiming hallelujah

Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah

Well there was a time when I never knew
what’s really wrong, what’s really true
but now I’ve witnessed every secret of Him
Remember when He came to you
The Holy dove was moving too
He taught your soul to sing the hallelujah

Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah

Well, now I know of God above
And all I’ll ever need is love
a love that found, before I ever knew you
There’s never a cry you hear at night
For now my eyes have seen the light
It’s a warm and it’s a glorious hallelujah

Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah


All credits for the original song go to Leonard Cohen, Shrek, and whoever else out there who has dibs on this wonderful song’s copyrights.

All credits for this new version technically belong to me…I guess…but feel free to go out there and strum it on a guitar or something 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Rewriting Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen (Biblical version)

  1. Marianne April 13, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    I wrote about Cohen’s Hallelujah for my letter H as well! I love the melody, but don’t like most of the lyrics. The video link you share is great – there is also another Christian version by a gal name Kelley Mooney on youtube that is also great. The song needs Christian lyrics, in my view. I’m popping in from the a-z and I’d like to follow you on facebook. Do you have an facebook link here somewhere? Did not see one. I love finding other believers in the blogosphere. I think women who recognize God’s love and mercy and write about that once in awhile can change the world! Come visit me if you’d like. http:adventuresintheballpark.blogspot.com

    • bbgh2424 April 14, 2015 / 1:48 pm

      Yay! It’s great to hear from another Christian who thinks this song deserves more attention and more of a revamp. I’ll check out the version by Kelley Mooney, thanks 🙂 I usually only use FB once in a while to keep up with friends and such, so I will politely decline your offer to be friends on FB…but we can certainly keep up a nice blogging relationship ^^ keep up the good fight!

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