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Arguably the greatest song ever written. The chords are familiar but not derivative. The melody is haunting and beautiful. The lyrics are ambiguous to the point they could be applied to almost any life situation, but they're simultaneously honed to such a sharp and specific point on behalf of the songwriter that you feel the weight of every word.

Leonard Cohen once said it's the human experience that glorifies a song, not the other way around. In the case of Hallelujah, I respectfully disagree.

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I heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this, the 4th, the 5th
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to her kitchen chair
She broke your throne and cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Baby I've been here before
I know these walls and I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
And love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time you'd let me know
What's really going on below but now
You don't show it to me, do ya?
But remember when I moved in you
And the Holy Dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Maybe there's a God above but
All I've ever learned from love was
How to shoot at someone who outdrew you
It's not a cry you hear at night and it's
Not somebody who's seen the light
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

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from And Everything Was Perfect, released September 19, 2014
Written by Leonard Cohen

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Loren Radis San Luis Obispo, California

Loren Radis is 30-ish and married his best friend in 2010. He's thankful to have the opportunity to make music in his spare time. It's something he's always been passionate about and he tries to be as honest as possible in his songwriting. He hopes you hear something you like and thanks you for listening.

"a gifted and engaging songwriter" - Glen Starkey

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