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Now I’ve heard there was a secret chordThat David played, and it pleased the LordBut you dont really care for music, do you?It goes like this, the fourth, the fifthThe minor falls, the major liftsThe baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, HallelujahHallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proofYou saw her bathing on the roofHer beauty and the moonlight overthrew herShe tied you to a kitchen chairShe broke your throne, and she cut your hairAnd from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, HallelujahHallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, maybe there’s a God aboveAs for me all I’ve ever learned from loveIs how to shoot somebody who outdrew youBut it’s not a crime that you’re hear tonightIt’s not some pilgrim who claims to have seen the LightNo, it’s a cold and it’s a very broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, HallelujahHallelujah, HallelujahInstrumental

Hallelujah, HallelujahHallelujah, Hallelujah

Well people I’ve been here beforeI know this room and I’ve walked this floorYou see I used to live alone before I knew yaAnd I’ve seen your flag on the marble archBut listen love, love is not some kind of victory march, noIt’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, HallelujahHallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time you let me knowWhat’s really going on belowBut now you never show it to me, do you?And I remember when I moved in youAnd the holy dove she was moving tooAnd every single breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, HallelujahHallelujah, Hallelujah

Now I’ve done my best, I know it wasn’t muchI couldn’t feel, so I tried to touchI’ve told the truth, I didnt come here to London just to fool youAnd even though it all went wrongI’ll stand right here before the Lord of songWith nothing, nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, HallelujahHallelujah, HallelujahHallelujah, HallelujahHallelujah, Hallelujah

La lletra de l’Al·leluia de Cohen està basada en històries bíbliques, la fe i inquietuds existencials. Cohen utilitza la simbologia jueva per expressar la glòria i l’angoixa d’estimar.

L’estructura formal sempre és la mateixa estrofa i tornada.

Acords de Cohen, que la canta en C i  de Buckley, que la canta en C#.

Estrofa   C Am C Am F G C G   C F G Am F G E7 Am 

Tornada   F Am F C G C G

Transportat a F seria:

Estrofa   F Dm F Dm Bb C F C   F Bb C Dm Bb C A Dm

Tornada   Bb Dm Bb F C F C