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Following Alexandra Burke's 'X Factor' win in December, 2008, singing Leonard Cohen's song 'Hallelujah', this intriguing, mesmerising song has become EVEN more popular. You can downland several versions at here, including the Leonard Cohen original, and the definitive Jeff Buckley version.

'Hallelujah' took Leonard Cohen more than two years to write in the 1980s, and he's said it is a song about human existence.

- Paul Rance/

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CBC Archives: Leonard Cohen Considers the Poetic Mind, 1966

Leonard Cohen Quotes

"Only in Canada could somebody with a voice like mine win 'Vocalist of the Year'."—first words of his speech accepting the Juno Award for Best Male Vocalist in Canada (1992)
"Now, I don't want to give you the impression that I'm a great musicologist, but I'm a lot better than what I was described as for a long, long time; you know, people said I only knew three chords when I knew five."—from interview with BBC Radio 1 FM (1994)
"I feel that, you know, the enormous luck I've had in being able to make a living, and to never have had to have written one word that I didn't want to write, to be able to have satisfied that dictum I set for myself, which was not to work for pay, but to be paid for my work—just to be able to satisfy those standards that I set for myself has been an enormous privilege."—(same)
"So the great affair is over/ but whoever would have guessed/ it would leave us all so vacant/ and so deeply unimpressed/ It's like our visit to the moon/ or to that other star/ I guess you go for nothing/ if you really want to go that far"—from "Death of a Ladies' Man" (1977)
"Everybody knows that you love me baby/ Everybody knows that you really do/ Everybody knows that you've been faithful/ Ah give or take a night or two/ Everybody knows you've been discreet/ But there were so many people you just had to meet/ without your clothes/And everybody knows …"—from "Everybody Knows" (1988).
"Ring the bells that still can ring/ Forget your perfect offering/ There is a crack in everything/ It's how the light gets in."—from "Anthem" (1992)
"Well, maybe there's a God above/ But all I've ever learned from love/ Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya"—from "Hallelujah" (1984)
"And sometimes when the night is slow/ The wretched and the meek/ We gather up our hearts and go/
A Thousand Kisses Deep."—from "A Thousand Kisses Deep" (2004)


Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967)
Songs from a Room (1969)
Songs of Love and Hate (1971)
Live Songs (1973)
New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974)
Death of a Ladies' Man (1977)
Recent Songs (1979)
Various Positions (1984)
I'm Your Man (1988)
The Future (1992)
Cohen Live: Leonard Cohen in Concert (1994)
Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979 (2001)
Ten New Songs (2001)
Dear Heather (2004)
Blue Alert (2006) (co-writer, producer)


The Best of Leonard Cohen (1975) (also known as Greatest Hits)
More Best of Leonard Cohen (1997) (including two new tracks)
The Essential Leonard Cohen (2002), double CD

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