Hallelujah

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It took Leonard Cohen over 80 verses written during a period of two years to release his fifteen verse Hallelujah on the album Various Positions in 1984. Hallelujah is a Hebrew word meaning praise.

More than 100 versions of the song have been recorded. It has been used in the TV series The OC, The West Wing, ER, and Scrubs and the movie Shrek. X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke ‘s version was the fastest selling download single in history. It is broadcast at 2am every Saturday night by the Israeli Defense Force’s radio channel.

Hallelujah is powerful, simple, emotional and brilliant because of the way each person is able to see something personal within it. Cohen has said that the song’s success explains that many kinds of hallelujahs do exist and that perfect and broken hallelujahs have equal value. Nice!



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