Leonard Cohen: “No alibi … You have to stand up and say Hallelujah”

I wanted to write something in the tradition of the hallelujah choruses but from a different point of view. I think the other song that is closely related to that is ‘Anthem.’ It’s the notion that there is no perfection–that this is a broken world and we live with broken hearts and broken lives but still that is no alibi for anything. On the contrary, you have to stand up and say hallelujah under those circumstances.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


From “Robert Hilburn Interviews Leonard Cohen” by Robert Hilburn (Los Angeles Times, September 24, 1995)

Note: Originally posted November 8, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah Hits Billboard Hot 100 & Hot Rock Songs Charts For First Time


Now I bid you farewell, I don’t know when I’ll be back
There moving us tomorrow to that tower down the track
But you’ll be hearing from me baby, long after I’m gone
I’ll be speaking to you sweetly
From a window in the Tower of Song

These lyrics from Leonard Cohen’s “Tower Of Song” have become manifest as fans stream and download his best known song, “Hallelujah,” in record numbers following the icon’s death. Now, “Hallelujah” has reached Billboard‘s Hot 100 and Hot Rock Songs chart for the first time – 32 years after its release on the 1984 Various Positions album.

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“He imparted so much wisdom. He was a translator between the gods and humans.” kd lang on singing for Leonard Cohen

kilIn 2006, kd lang performed  Hallelujah at Leonard Cohen’s induction into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

There’s something about the lyrics that transport you into a more meditative state. To me it’s [about] the struggle between having human desire and searching for spiritual wisdom. It’s being caught between those two placesquotedown2

kd lang


From ‘I was excruciatingly nervous’: k.d. lang on singing ‘Hallelujah’ for Leonard Cohen by David Friend (CTV News: November 12, 2016)

More information about kd lang & Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah at KD Lang’s Cover Of “Hallelujah” Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

SNL Opening Features Kate McKinnon As Hillary Clinton Performing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”


The November 12, 2016 Saturday Night Live program opened with a tribute to the late Leonard Cohen and a commentary on the presidential election. Kate McKinnon again portrayed Hillary Clinton, but this time performed not a comedy routine but a serious cover of Cohen’s classic, Hallelujah.

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Harold Lepidus, who alerted me to this video

Video Clip: Fans Singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah At Parc Du Portugal

Tous pour Léonard. ❤️✌️️ #leonardcohen #ripleonardcohen #rip #remember #hallelujah #mtlmoments

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Parc Du Portugal, a small park between Marie-Anne and tiny Vallières Street just east of St-Laurent Blvd, directly faces the house Leonard Cohen has owned for years where he lived and his family stayed when they were in Montreal.