The Curious Cultural Journey of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"

LinkThe Curious Cultural Journey of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" - Earlier this week, a contestant on American Idol sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". The dude did a pretty good job (yes, I saw it, but this isn't about that) and Simon mentioned it was one of his favourite tunes. I get the idea that's true of a great number of people with whom this song resonates.

Although Jeff Buckley's cover has the most fans, I've written extensively about the Gord Downie cover of "Hallelujah" that appears in the movie Saint Ralph. Rarely a day goes by that I don't hear from someone who has come across an entry on that page and wants me to share the MP3.

With this AI exposure, the curious cultural journey of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" continues, and I'm just happy to play a small role in the whole fantastic percolation. This link is to a source that does a thorough job of analyzing the whole thing, complete with graphs and charts. It's great reading for any "Hallelujah" fan, but when you're done, don't forget to check out my Gord Downie's "Hallelujah" collection.

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Saint Ralph was a true rarity – a good Canadian film. I also loved the song – didn’t know it was Gordie singing. What was also rare about the film was that it presented a Catholic priest in a positive light.

March 6, 2008 @ 1:56 PM

Jason |

I don't want to hear the Hip cover that, but I do like the John Cale (Velvet Underground) cover of the song, from the "I'm Your Fan" album. Cohen is likely in the top 5 most covered songwriters ever.

March 6, 2008 @ 4:45 PM


Interesting reading material. Thanks for sharing.

March 6, 2008 @ 11:13 PM


Interesting. I think I'll stick with Hallelujah Chorus though.

March 7, 2008 @ 1:09 AM


I like Rufus Wainwright's version the best, even more than Leonard. Its so sad & melancholic.

March 9, 2008 @ 8:10 AM

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