Achieving little initial success, the song found greater popular acclaim through a recording by John Cale , which inspired a recording by Jeff Buckley. It has been viewed as a "baseline" for secular hymns. Following its increased popularity after being featured in the film Shrek ,   many other arrangements have been performed in recordings and in concert, with over versions known. Written in the key of C major , the chord progression matches lyrics from the song: "goes like this, the fourth , the fifth , the minor fall , and the major lift": C, F, G, A minor, F. Cohen wrote around 80 draft verses for "Hallelujah", with one writing session at the Royalton Hotel in New York where he was reduced to sitting on the floor in his underwear, banging his head on the floor. Following his original studio-album version, Cohen performed the original song on his world tour in , but live performances during his and tours almost invariably contained a quite different set of lyrics. Numerous singers mix lyrics from both versions, and occasionally make direct lyric changes; for example, in place of Cohen's "holy dove", Canadian-American singer Rufus Wainwright substituted "holy dark", while Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe sang "holy ghost".
Leonard Cohen was one of the greatest songwriters even if in this case the term is an understatement that last century gave us. Born in Canada to a Jewish family in the s, he then moved to Hydra, where in the first half of the s he wrote and published several novels and collections of poetry. This is how Leonard Cohen made his way in the world of music at the age of it was and the album was called Songs of Leonard Cohen. Before Various Positions , other records followed: Songs from a room , Songs of love and hate , Recent songs , all full of sin and redemption, sex and holiness. But Cohen, as he revealed in an interview, took his little revenge thanks to one of the songs belonging to that album: Hallelujah. Then, exactly 10 years after the release of Various Positions , a young Jeff Buckley covered this song. It took five years for Cohen to write his most famous song.
Bono references Cedarwood Road as being a place he can't return to because he never left in two different songs: "Deep In The Heart" 'The scent of cedar, I can still see her. You can't return to the place you never. You can't return to where you never left.
Jeff Buckley Lyrics. Well, 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? Well it goes like this: The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift The baffled king composing Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah