hallelujah

Ever since I watched the opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics with Kirsten 2 weeks ago, I’ve had this song in my head.  Hallelujah.  Man, K.D. Lang nailed it when she sang Leonard Cohen’s song.  It’s been described as hauntingly peacful.  Spot on.

Turn up your volume, turn off the TV, and just listen.  (For my readers in the US,  you’ll have to search around NBC’s site for it…)

I still get shivers every time I hear it.  And it makes me miss my violin desperately.  I’m always amazed at how music stirs something deep inside me in a way that the spoken word cannot.  I like to think that when we get to heaven, we’ll all be amazing singers and that’s one way we’ll communicate with God. 🙂

Here’s K.D. performing it at the 2005 Juno awards, but I highly recommend watching the opening ceremony version (above) if you can.

Lyrics:

I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, The major lift,
The baffled king composing, hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

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 a kitchen chair, broke your throne
And cut your hair and from your lips she drew the hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Baby I’ve been here before
I’ve seen this room, I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you
Then I saw your flag on the marble arch
Our love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
It’s not a cry that you hear at night
It’s not someone 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…

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