After readers Suzanne and Faith commented yesterday about Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which I honestly think is one of the most perfect songs ever written, it made me think of that missing verse.
As many times as that song has been recorded and performed, the original third verse is almost always left out (even by Leonard Cohen). It’s my favorite verse, because I do believe in the power of words and that a heartfelt prayer is heard regardless of the brokenness of the words in which it’s spoken.
“You say I took the name in vain, but I don’t even know the name.
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light in every word and it doesn’t matter which you heard, the holy or the broken ‘hallelujah’.”
And good old YouTube delivers with the original recording, verse three intact. And besides, Hallelujah–it’s Friday!