Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah

By: Colin Cooper

Posted 04/08/2004 - 01:08:00 PM by BryanNeil:
 I must agree, "Hallelujah" is perfect. Cohen tortures my soul and washes my stinky bed sheets. What more could I ask of an artist? Cale's version was actually used in the broken hearted/lonely scene in the movie Shrek(?!). I don't think it got liscenced on the soundtrack though, because I saw Rufus Wainwright's version on the back of the disc. Has anybody heard that version? And yes, every Cohen song is poetry.
Posted 05/06/2004 - 04:44:54 AM by Adrian:
 beautiful song, indeed ( : an artist I have the honour to work with, Allison Crowe, recorded her version last year ~ you can hear it @ peace, Ad
Posted 05/10/2004 - 01:17:00 PM by jonzee:
 Actually I believe the Rufus Wainwright version is the one played during the film. It actually sounds very similar to John Cale in the arrangement and performance but I believe Wainwright's singing and piano playing to be more impassioned and in keeping with the intended feeling of the song. John Cale's rendition strikes me as curt and strangely emotionless.
Posted 03/04/2005 - 11:11:36 AM by notgnarly:
 quote as the verse almost piously concludes, “every breath we drew was Hallelujah”. unquote Pious only in alluding to the sexual act as an act of worship when taken in complete context quote but remember when i moved in you and the holy dove was moving too and every breath we drew was hallelujah unquote