To commemorate the recent death of Leonard Cohen we have this tribute today.
Leonard Cohen was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist. He had his first poems published in 1954 while studying at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and his first book of poems in 1956, a year after he graduated. He published several other books of poems and a couple of novels, to critical acclaim but little financial reward. He moved to New York in 1967 and started his recording career and has become one of the most influential songwriters, achieving success both singing his own songs and having other artists cover them as well.
Hallelujah was originally recorded on 1984 album Various Positions. Leonard recorded 2 different versions of the song, a studio version in 1984 and a live version in 1994, with only the final verse common to both versions, most performances, including Leonard, use verses taken from both versions. In this version Leonard uses the first 2 verses of the 1984 version and the 3rd, 1st and 2nd verses from the 1994 version, and the verse that is the final verse of both versions, omitting only the 3rd verse from the 1984 version of the song. The video is taken from his 2009 world tour and is an appropriate epitaph for one of the most important performers of popular music, especially the final verse, that is quoted under Biography on his Facebook page:
I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I learned to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
with nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
You can buy Hallelujah on iTunes.
You can follow Leonard on his official Website, on Facebook, and on his YouTube channel. You can buy his music on iTunes.