Free-for-all Friday: Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

leonardAfter 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!

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Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

6 thoughts on “Free-for-all Friday: Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

  1. Love, love, love this song. Version I owe is by Jeff Buckley and does not contain that verse either. I agree with you; sad they removed it.

  2. Thanks for posting, Suzanne! I love this song but I actually had never heard the original version until just now — like Dawn upthread I was introduced via the Jeff Buckley version.

    Actually there are a couple verses that are different – not just the one about the Word, but the last one as well.

    It sounds…really different! But I like it.