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Leonard Cohen : "Hallelujah" - Montréal Jazz Festival (2008)

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Leonard Cohen performs "Hallelulia" (from the album "Various Positions") at Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. From Wiki: "Hallelujah", in its original version, is a song in triple meter which evokes the styles of both waltz and gospel music. Written in the key of C major, the chord progression follows the lyric "it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, and the major lift": F, G, A minor, F. Cohen's original version contains several biblical references, most notably evoking the story of Samson and Delilah from the Book of Judges as well as King David: "you saw her bathing on the roof, her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you". Since his original studio album version, live performances by Leonard Cohen almost invariably include the final song verses not performed by many others. Numerous artists mix lyrics from both versions, and occasionally make direct lyric changes such as Rufus Wainwright singing "holy dark" and Allison Crowe singing "Holy Ghost" rather than "holy dove". Cohen's lyrical poetry and his view that "many different hallelujahs exist" is reflected in wide-ranging covers with very different intents or tones of speech, allowing the song to be "melancholic, fragile, uplifting [or] joyous" depending on the performer: John Cale, the first person to record a cover version of the song, promoted a message of "soberness and sincerity" in contrast to Cohen's dispassionate tone; Jeff Buckley's cover is more sorrowful and was described by Buckley as "a hallelujah to the orgasm"; Allison Crowe interpreted the song as a "very sexual" composition that discussed relationships; Rufus Wainwright offered a "purifying and almost liturgical" interpretation to the song; and Guy Garvey of Elbow anthropomorphised the hallelujah as a "stately creature" and incorporated his religious interpretation of the song into his band's recordings. Montéal Jazz Fest: ============== http://www.montrealjazzfest.com