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Hallelujah  Leonard Cohen

[G]I heard there was a [Em]secret chord
[G]that David played and it [Em]pleased the Lord,
But [C]you don't really care for music [G]do you.
[G]It goes like this the [C]fourth the [D]fifth,
[Em]the minor fall and the [C]major [D]lift
[D]The baffled king composing halle[Em]lujah
Halle[C]luja, Hall[Em]eluja, Halle[C]luja, Hal[G-D-G]leluja
Your fa[G]ith was strong but you n[Em]eeded proof
You sa[G]w her bathing o[Em]n the roof
Her be[C]auty and the moonlight overthr[G]ew ya
S[G]he tied you to a k[C]itchen ch[D]air
S[Em]he broke your throne, and she c[C]ut your h[D]air
And fr[D]om your lips she drew the Hallel[Em]ujah
Halle[C]luja, Hall[Em]eluja, Halle[C]luja, Hal[G-D-G]leluja
You s[G]ay I took the na[Em]me in vain
I d[G]on't even kn[Em]ow the name
But i[C]f I did, well really, what's it t[G]o ya?
There's a bl[G]aze of light in every w[D]ord
It do[Em]esn't matter which you h[D]eard
The h[D]oly or the broken Halleluj[Em]ah
Halle[C]luja, Hall[Em]eluja, Halle[C]luja, Hal[G-D-G]leluja
I di[G]d my best, it w[Em]asn't much
I co[G]uldn't feel, so I tri[Em]ed to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fo[G]ol ya
And e[G]ven though it all went wr[D]ong
I'll st[Em]and before the Lord of S[D]ong
With no[D]thing on my tongue but Hallelu[Em]jah
Hallel[G]ujah, Hallelujah, Hallel[G]ujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

(from Various Positions, 1984)
(sent by Harlan at

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missmcghee (report)

This version is a mess. I would scrap it and start from scratch. You're missing chord changes, chords and the lyrics are totally fumbled. The best version of this song that I've seen transcribed is here

The Jeff Buckley version. It's pretty good.

decaturcomp (report)

the missing chord over 'composing' is a bm

wcpom (report)

I clicked on the Jango radio button and was surprised to hear Leonard Cohen singing completely different words. It was the words that marti-s entered. It was a live version so I don't know if it was the original.

Violin1111 (report)

I would play,

G Em
I heard there was a secret chord
G Em
that david played and it pleased the Lord,
C D G Em
but you dont really care for music, do ya.


skidfrog (report)

apparently there are well over 100 verses in the original original......only Leonard knows what he meant.....we can guess

Irish1 (report)

These are Leonard Cohens lyrics. Check before making comment. The alternate is a nice version but not the original.

chrisbr (report)


Get along ladies. Anyone who has ever covered this song has adapted and changed the lyrics to suit their own personal inturpritation. There is no wrong way to do this song. However, you missed a chord change. Smile.

Fizz40 (report)

I can appreciate people wanting to correct any flaws they might see in the notation of a song, but for the person who criticized this version as being a mess, my response is: LETS SEE YOU DO BETTER! I've been looking for a version of this song for a while and am grateful that this person shared with us. If it is not correct then show us the way my brother.

marti-s (report)

Correct lyrics are....

Baby, I've been here before.
I know this room, I've walked this floor.
I used to live alone before I knew you.

Yeah I've seen your flag on the marble arch,
But listen, love is not some kind of victory march,
No it's a cold and it's a very broken Hallelujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, (Hallelujah...)

There was a time you let me know
What's really going on below,
Ah but now you never show it to me, do you?

Yeah but I remember, yeah when I moved in you,
And the holy dove, she was moving too,
Yes every single breath that we drew was Hallelujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

Maybe there's a God above,
As for me, all I've ever seemed to learn from love
Is how to shoot at someone who outdrew you.

Yeah but it's not a complaint that you hear tonight,
It's not the laughter of someone who claims to have seen the light
No it's a cold and it's a very lonely Hallelujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

I did my best, it wasn't much.
I couldn't feel, so I learned to touch.
I've told the truth, I didn't come all this way to fool you.

Yeah even tough it all went wrong
I'll stand right here before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my lips but Hallelujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

fooby18 (report)

the chords are often jumbled up and there is a whole line missing from one part. the verses and chorus are not separated and the whole thing is a giant mess