I first heard this song when I watched Shrek 2. I know, kind of pathetic. Since then, it has become one of my favourites. Hallelujah was originally released in 1984 by Leonard Cohen and has since been covered by various artists including John Cale, Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, K.D. Lang, Alexandra Burke, Rufus Wainwright and around 200 others (according to Wikipedia). My favourite version is the one below by Bon Jovi.
Hallelujah is one of those songs that is easy on the ear. I love its cadence … “ it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, the major lift”; its rather cryptic lyrics; its uplifting yet melancholic tone. I love everything about it really – a song I will happily play over and over.