“After hearing KD Lang perform [Hallelujah] at the Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2006 we [Leonard Cohen & I] 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.’” Anjani

After hearing KD Lang perform that song [Hallelujah] at the Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2006 we [Anjani Thomas & Leonard Cohen] 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.” Anjani Thomas

Anjani Thomas, Leonard Cohen’s backup singer and romantic partner, quoted in “Interrupting Yr Broadcast: Anjani Thomas” by Alan Pedder (Wears the Trousers Magazine. 8 July 2008). Originally posted Dec 24, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I did not come home to fool you” Leonard Cohen Performs Hallelujah – Montreal 2012

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Montreal: Nov 28, 2012
Video by Dirk Schlimm

Well it goes like this:
The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Note: The best available video of each of the 43 songs performed during the 2012 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour can be found at the Best Of 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist.

Originally posted Nov 29, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I went to a Dylan concert and the first song that was by the opening act was Hallelujah… I’d never heard it before so I went out looking for it. I wound up asking Leonard [Cohen] for the lyrics and he sent me… 15 verses. So I chose all the cheeky verses, the ones that weren’t quite right.” John Cale

 

Cale earned an unusual hit with his cover [of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah] when it appeared in the 2001 film Shrek, but he had recorded it a decade earlier for the compilation I’m Your Fan. He discovered it in an unusual place. “I went to a Dylan concert and the first song that was by the opening act was ‘Hallelujah’ with a choir,” he recalled. “I’d never heard it before so I went out looking for it. I wound up asking Leonard for the lyrics and he sent me the lyrics: 15 verses. So I chose all the cheeky verses, the ones that weren’t quite right. I couldn’t sing the religious ones. You could tell from the structure of that thing, it was going to be around for a long time.

From John Cale’s Velvet Underground Talk: 10 Things We Learned By Kory Grow (Rolling Stone: October 12, 2018). Photo by Yves Lorson – originally posted to Flickr as John Cale, CC BY 2.0, Link

Note: Cale told his story of first hearing Hallelujah in a 2013 interview but then reported the song was sung by Dylan rather than an opening act: “That’s really a catchy chorus” – John Cale Talks About His Cover Of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

Video: The Quadratic Formulation Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

While I typically shun versions of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah that have been massively rewritten to accommodate. for example, someone’s vision of American holidays or NFL heroes, I am more forgiving of this effort that employs Leonard’s classic as an assist to aspiring mathematicians.

Originally posted January 5, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Justin Timberlake-Matt Morris Hope For Haiti Now Cover Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah Becomes Most Downloaded Song On iTunes – Jan 26, 2010

The cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah by Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris at the Hope For Haiti Now charity telethon held on January 22, 2010 proved incredibly popular. According to Idolator (January 26, 2010):

As of yesterday, Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris’ take on “Hallelujah” from the Hope For Haiti Now telethon was the most downloaded track on iTunes from the charity event. Now it’s simply the most downloaded song on iTunes, period.

Originally posted Jan 27, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric. The video has been updated.