Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
For a fleeting moment in 2009, YouTube blessed us with a live video of Leonard Cohen performing Hallelujah at the June 24, 1988 Laugardalshöll, Reykjavik, Iceland concert. It was a particularly lovely version that impressed many viewers, inducing me. As we have experienced many times, however, YouTube giveth, and YouTube taketh away. All traces of Leonard Cohen’s 1988 Icelandic concert, including the performance of Hallelujah, have disappeared from YouTube and similar sites.
In hopes of making this especially moving rendition of Cohen’s classic Hallelujah easily available, I have created a video featuring a high-quality audio recording of that performance and a montage of pertinent photos.
Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Reykjavik: June 24, 1988
Video by Allan Showalter
Update: The live version, albeit in poor quality video, has reappeared. See Video: Leonard Cohen’s 1988 Icelandic Hallelujah – Most Moving Performance Ever?
Credit Due Department: A large proportion of the photos used in the video were contributed by Dominique BOILE.