The Significance of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

By | April 5, 2021


Hallelujah begins with the mention of a secret chord discovered by the biblical King David, whose seduction of Bathsheba is chronic in 2 Samuel 11 of the Old Testament, where David first saw and wished Bathsba bath. h2> Meaning Hallelujah is a meditation on the conflict between the human desire for physical union and spiritual transcendence, with the ultimate realization of the inability to fully achieve either.


Hallelujah suggests that even through loneliness and weakened lust, the artist can still create and praise the gift of creation – ‘a flame of light in every word.’

Famous ties

Jeff Buckley recorded a terrifying version of Hallelujah on his solo album ‘Grace’ (1994). In 2008, Buckley’s version rose to number 1 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs.

Funny Facts h2> Leonard Cohen probably told Bob Dylan that Hallelujah took him a year to write, which surprised Dylan, who admitted that an average song took him about 15 minutes to write. Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah was originally released on the 1984 studio album ‘Various Positions.’ The word ‘hallelujah’ means ‘praise to god’ and is repeated 27 times throughout the song.