Lisa’s Performance Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah On The Simpsons Halloween Episode Nixed

“They did not want to be associated
with people eating their father”

The following excerpt is from Simpsons producer explains Homer’s self-cannibalism in ‘Treehouse of Horror’ by Dan Snierson (Entertainment: October 22, 2017)L

In fact, the only problem that the producers encountered was not being able to secure the rights to use Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which was to be sung by Lisa. “They did not want to be associated with people eating their father,” says Jean, laughing. Instead, they opted to riff on a more classical religious hymn. “We have the original ‘Hallelujah,’ which nobody owns.”

John Cale’s Cover Of Hallelujah By Leonard Cohen Brings Grace, Meaning, & Dignity To Scrubs Episode

Hallelujah Not Always A Cliche

While the current cultural mode is to lament and deride the use of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah to invoke a certain contemplative, mournful, dignified tone in movies or TV shows, I remain impressed by the impact the song has in specific instances. A case in point is the employment of John Cale’s version of Leonard Cohen’s classic in “My Old Lady,” the fourth episode of Scrubs’ first season (first broadcast October 16, 2001). The plot features three patients under the care of young doctors who star in the show. All three  die, giving their physicians their first experiences with losing patients.

It was forty years ago that I first had a patient under my care die; I still remember the feelings.  And, dramatic conventions aside, the concluding scene of this Scrubs episode resonate with that memory – in no small part because of the strains of Hallelujah.

Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah Covered In English And Spanish At Hand In Hand Telethon By Luis Fonsi & Tori Kelly

“Highlight Of The Evening”

Luis Fonsi, the singer-songwriter responsible for the global hit “Despacito,” joined Tori Kelly at the Sept 12, 2017 Hand In Hand telethon, a star-studded affair that raised more than $40 million dollars in hurricane relief, for a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Here’s the report from They Sang ‘Hallelujah’ At Yesterday’s Telethon. By The Time They Finished? Not A Dry Eye In The Room (Society of Rock: Sept 13, 2017):

The highlight of the evening came after the event’s “Hand in Hand” prayer when Kelly, 24, took the stage and launched into a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” before being joined by Fonsi for the second verse, done entirely in Spanish; the pair made for quite the vocal powerhouse, quickly reminding viewers in the audience and at home why they’re widely regarded as two of the biggest global talents to emerge over the last two decades. By the time the final note rang out following a explosive vocal showcase from both Kelly and Fonsi, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house and for good reason: during one of the most traumatic and fiercely divided times in our nation’s history, “Hallelujah” was exactly what everyone needed.

Credit Due Department: Thanks to CHEMA of Barcelona, who alerted me to this video,

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Stunning Rendition Of Hallelujah – Sydney 2010

Now, I’ve heard there was a secret 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, the major lift
The baffled king composing hallelujah

Comment From Original 2010 Posting:

No one has the timbre, emotional layering, and depth that Leonard does in singing his own song. Several moments after he finishes, it’s as though he begins to slowly re-emerge back into our world, having been fully present and involved where the song resides. Thank you so much for posting this on your site, Allan.


Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Sydney Nov 8, 2010
Video by mgwfall

Note: Originally posted Nov 10, 2010 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I didn’t come to Coachella to fool you” Leonard Cohen’s Profound Performance Of Hallelujah – Coachella 2009

“Just because I wasn’t there doesn’t mean I can’t remember it.”

That line, lifted from Horseman by Richard Russo, characterizes the feelings generated when I view this video of Leonard Cohen performing Hallelujah at Coachella from from the Songs from the Road” DVD. When, for example, the youthful crowd shouts “Leonard, Leonard, Leonard, Leonard …” and then erupts following Leonard’s local reference, “I didn’t come to Coachella to fool you,” I’m not only in the desert with them but I’m about 25 years old.

The Apr 17, 2009 Leonard Cohen Coachella Show was special for many reasons. Read about it at “Here is Leonard Cohen! He is super old. I love him. He was so incredible.” The Kids, Cohen, & Coachella 2009.

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Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Coachella: April 17, 2009