Hallelujah is a song I have always thought sounded beautiful but never took the time to learn the words to. This Christmas, being the two of us home alone and having time, I decided to educate myself. Upon reading the words I was thinking, this doesn’t sound right, am I looking at the original version? This is not a Christmas song, or even a religious song for that matter. Sure enough, I was looking at the original words, so I dug a little deeper.
Turns out the writer, Leornard Cohen, wasn’t even Christian; he was Jewish. The song is about love gone bad and rejection. He uses subtle references to the bible, the old testament, to compare a sexual experience with a religious one. In the song, Hallelujah is not intended as a praise to the Lord. He is screaming out in ecstasy during climax. The song, is about sex. Crazy, right? I had no idea and apparently neither did any of my friends. My inquisitive nature is always messing something up for them, oh well. The truth about anything is always better than living in a fantasy world.