Monday, January 23, 2012

Hallelujah, The Human Condition and Bon Jovi

I've always loved the song Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, but it is not an easy song to understand. The Bible references I get, since Hubby and I met in a Bible-literalist JezusFreak group many years ago. I know those references are to betrayal and weakness. I know each of us are a mixture of darkness and light, so perhaps that is why the song speaks to me and so many others.

Cohen is a known perfectionist and anyone who has walked that path knows it never ends.The last verse speaks to writers and artists especially, I think:

I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried 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

Here is my favorite version, though I like many others, also.


  1. I absolutely LOVE this song. It has inspired me for years now. After growing up in the South, the Bible references were a no-brainer for me. :)

    I think this song is sexy and inspirational. At least, it is to me.

    It moved me to write a short story that ended up as my novella, Fate's Embrace. :)

  2. How neat it inspired you to write a story, Tracey!

  3. One of the most beautiful songs ever written. Just IMHO. And Bon Jovi! Yum. I will admit to being slightly Bon Jovi-Obsessed but who isn't, am I right? :)

  4. Well, most women I know are obsessed with Bon Jovi. Hmmm, might pattern a hero after him someday, Or maybe Richie, young Richie with the dimples...