Baby, I’ve Venn Here Before: Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah Lyrics In Venn Diagrams

1. Love is not a victory march


2. There was a time you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?



3. Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you1

DrHGuy Note: The first diagram, “Love is not a victory march,” is actually a Euler diagram, which resembles a Venn diagram except it does not necessarily represent all possible intersections of the sets but shows only actual intersections of the sets. I chose to use the term “Venn Diagram” in the title of this post because the intersection of the set of all readers of this blog, the set of everyone that knows what a Euler Diagram is, and the set of everyone that gives a crap is infinitesimally small and may exist only in a theoretical sphere – inhabitants of which do not register on web stats.

Originally posted April 17, 2010 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric


  1. Thanks to Esther Park – See comment by mnkyface below []

“The ‘secret chord’ and the point-blank I-know-you-better-than-you-know-yourself aspect of the song has plenty of resonance for me” Bob Dylan On Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

That song ‘Hallelujah’ has resonance for me. There again, it’s a beautifully constructed melody that steps up, evolves, and slips back, all in quick time. But this song has a connective chorus, which when it comes in has a power all of its own. The ‘secret chord’ and the point-blank I-know-you-better-than-you-know-yourself aspect of the song has plenty of resonance for me.quotedown2

Bob Dylan


Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker by David Remnick (New Yorker: October 17, 2016)

The Cohen-Dylan Interface

All posts about Leonard Cohen’s & Bob Dylan’s opinions of each other, their meetings, and comparisons by others can be found at

Video: KD Lang Sings Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah At Opening Of 2010 Vancouver Olympics

2010 – Vancouver Vancouver’s opening ceremony was perfectly Canadian and tasteful, transforming the stage into a massive ocean of cracking ice caps and graceful whales. It also featured a performance from a fiddler and K.D. Lang singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which got the audience swooning, if not with their jaws on the floor.

From 9 Olympics Opening Ceremonies Ranked by Brian Welk (The Wrap: Feb 8, 2018)

Leonard Cohen Asked To Perform At Opening Of Vancouver Olympics – Deferred To KD Lang

Leonard Cohen’s son says his famous dad was asked to perform at the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Games but didn’t see the need because k.d. lang was going to be there. Adam Cohen says he and his family are big fans of lang, who sang Leonard Cohen’s hugely popular “Hallelujah” at the ceremonies Friday night.

He asks what more do you need when you have k.d. lang.

From Canadian Press

Leonard Cohen and Anjani On K.D. Lang’s Performance Of Hallelujah – 4 Years Before The Vancouver Olympics

As many readers know, the Vancouver Olympics was not the first time Cohen has offered a highly positive assessment of KD Lang’s cover of Hallelujah. In an interview with Wears the Trousers magazine, Anjani Thomas reported that she and Leonard Cohen were both extraordinarily impressed with Lang’s interpretation of Hallelujah:

After hearing k.d. lang perform that song at the Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2006 we looked at each other and said, ‘Well, I think we can lay that song to rest now! It’s really been done to its ultimate blissful state of perfection’. I don’t think I could even try it, because it’s been so magnificently done.

KD Lang – Hallelujah By Leonard Cohen
Opening Of 2010 Vancouver Olympics

Video: Hallelujah – Images & Music Of Leonard Cohen 2012

Gwen Langford, webmaster of Gwen’s Leonard Cohen Journey, offers a nicely constructed video – a slideshow of photos she took at performances of Hallelujah during 2012 Leonard Cohen concerts in Ghent, Dublin, Montreal and Toronto set to the recording of the song from the Nov 29, 2012 Montreal show.

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Video by Gwenluvsmusic

Note: Originally posted Feb 8, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” Is The Ultimate Thanksgiving Song (According To Conscious Art and Music)

In Hallelujah, songwriter Cohen takes thankfulness to another level, suggesting that we should be grateful not only for our blessings, but for ALL of our experiences in life (good, bad, happy, and sad).

Excerpt from Why Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” Is The Ultimate Thanksgiving Song (You’ll Be Amazed By Its Meaning!) by Ross Pittman (Conscious Art and Music: Nov 22, 2017). The full article is available at the link.

“I said goodbye to something that I didn’t want to lose.” Leonard Cohen – Remembering The 2015 Paris Terrorist Attacks

Dominique BOILE writes

Nov 13, 2017 was the two year anniversary of the Paris terrorist attacks that left 130 dead, including 90 at Bataclan, the famous concert hall, during the Eagles of Death Metal concert. In commemoration, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, accompanied by the former President of the Republic, François Hollande, paid tribute to the victims. On video number 4, we can see a pianist performing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for an audience including the two Presidents.

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Lover, Lover, Lover, A Song Born Of Conflict – Paris 1976

‘Lover, Lover, Lover’ was born over there; the whole world has its eyes riveted on this tragic and complex conflict. Then again, I am faithful to certain ideas, inevitably. I hope that those of which I am in favour will gain.1quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

These words by Leonard Cohen reference the 1973 Yom Kippur War but they are relevant to the Nov 13, 2015 Paris terror attacks as well.

Leonard Cohen – Lover Lover Lover
Backup Singers: Laura Branigan & Cheryl Barnes
Le Grand Echiquier on French TV: May 27, 19762

The titular quote is from the original questionnaire (in English) for Le Dernier Empereur by J.D. Beauvallet and Pierre Siankowski (Les Inrocks: Oct 19, 2016) forwarded to me on Oct 16, 2016 by Leonard Cohen. Photo of Leonard Cohen at his final Paris Concert – June 18, 2013 by Mhln

  1. “I’m Just A Minor Poet” By Gilles Medioni. L’Express, France, October 4, 2001. Found at Leonard Cohen French Web Site. []
  2. Le Grand Echiquier was a live tribute program presented by Jacques Chancel and dedicated to Charles Aznavour, featuring Bird on The Wire, Lover Lover Lover, and Suzanne. Source: Diamonds in the Mine []

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.”