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Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicLyrics · 1 decade ago

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

Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Hallelujah

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

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, 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

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, 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

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, 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

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah

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  • Susan
    Lv 4
    5 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.

  • 1 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

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