“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

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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

KD Lang’s Cover Of “Hallelujah” Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

Note: Originally posted May 13, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

Biggest Influence on My Music – The jukebox. I lived beside jukeboxes all through the fifties. … I never knew who was singing. I never followed things that way. I still don’t. I wasn’t a student of music; I was a student of the restaurant I was in — and the waitresses. The music was a part of it. I knew what number the song was.

– Leonard Cohen (Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen, 1994)

Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox: Over the years, Leonard Cohen has mentioned a number of specific songs he favors. Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox is a Cohencentric feature that began collecting these tunes for the edification and entertainment of viewers on April 4, 2009. All posts in the Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox series can be found at The Original Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox Page.

“[Hallelujah] really been done to its ultimate blissful state of perfection”


In the case of this song, the evidence of Leonard Cohen’s approbation comes from his long-time backup singer and partner, Anjani Thomas:

After hearing KD 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.”1

KD Lang – Hallelujah
2006 Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame

Credit Due Department: Photo of KD Lang by Charlie Llewellin from Austin, USA – kd lang, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15062259


  1. Anjani Thomas: “Sometimes You Just Get Very Lucky!” by Alan Pedder (Wears the Trousers Magazine. 8 July 2008) []