What do the lyrics to Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley mean?
their confusing :S
and i know the song isnt orignally by him, but i think he did a better job than Leonard Cohen
Now 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
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah
There was a time you let me know
What's really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah
You say I took the name in vain
I don't even know the name
But if I did, well really, what's it to you?
There's a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah
I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
- mauriceLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
- SusanLv 45 years ago
IMO, it's someone who is in a bad relationship (or even a string of bad relationships). He's been figuratively beaten up and kicked around, and the person he's with is trying to change him (cut your hair). She has changed from when he first met her. He let his heart overrule his mind, and now he's full of regret and paying the consequences. All that glitters is not gold.
- onenationhereLv 51 decade ago
Hey good question,I am a huge Jeff Buckley fan and find his cover of Cohen's song to be one of Jeff's best works.Cohen,I believe wrote the song about a relationship growing stale but still being unable to pull himself away,I love how he used a lot of religious imagery in this song,you saw her bathing on the roof her Beauty and the moonlight overthrew you is a reference to Bathsheba tempting the king to kill her husband so they could be together,she tied you to her kitchen chair and broke your throne and cut your hair is another obvious reference to the power of a woman over a man this time using the story of Sampson and Delilah.I read some interesting analogy's of this song a while back on another website which included some of the things I mentioned here.Cohen really has something here with this song,he is amazing but it was Jeff who made this song,Jeff latched on to it and made it his own,its a masterpiece in my book