OK, so BurningAlive and I are having a pretty interesting discussion about the song "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen. Here's the comments from this post:
Ok....question.....and I might be crazy. I watched Bon Jovi do the song on youtube and then looked up the lyrics to Leonard Cohens version and it doesn't seem like a worship song at all. Am I nuts here? lol. It even has the line in it "Maybe there's a God above". I'm very confused.
9/10/2007 1:13 PM
thanks for investigating that...i was watching so late at night and the volume so low i couldn't hear all the lyrics. however, there's something about the chorus of that song...the 'hallelujah' that seems to move people beyond themselves. of course, this is no measure of one's understanding of Truth in Jesus Christ, but it does seem to demonstrate longing for that Truth. OR -- I could be completely out to lunch! thanks for your feedback.
9/10/2007 1:32 PM
checking into this a little bit more 'cuz i don't want to asserting stuff on my blog willy-nilly like. the dictionary definition of 'hallelujah'.hal·le·lu·jah 1. Praise ye the Lord! –noun 2. an exclamation of “hallelujah!” 3. a shout of joy, praise, or gratitude. 4. a musical composition wholly or principally based upon the word “hallelujah.” maybe when a musician enters into this song he is an example of "even the rocks cry out" -- as he dives into his created giftings and delivers the message that literally means "Praise ye the Lord", then he is, in fact, engaged in worship. i'm not a theologian by any means, but it's interesting to think about. i'll have to check out the rest of the song lyrics. why do you think cohen wrote "hallelujah"??
I would love to hear from some of you others out there. What do you think?? Why do you think this song is so powerful and has been covered by so many artists and showed up on so many soundtracks? What do you think about the lyrics (in all of the various forms)?