Thursday, November 05, 1970


Written by: leonard cohen

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Lyrics (fan transcription):
I heard there was a sacred 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 and 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 in the moonlight overthrough you
she tied you to her kitchen chair
she broke your throne and she cut your hair
and from your lips she drew the hallelujah...

maybe I've been here before
I've seen this room and I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
but love is not a victory march
it's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah...

there was a time when you let me know
what's really going on below
but now you never show that to me, do you?
remember when I moved in you
and the holy dove was moving too
and every breath we drew was hallelujah...

maybe there's a god above
but all I've ever learned from love
was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
it's not a cry that you hear tonight
it's not somebody who's seen the light
it's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah...

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