by Leonard Cohen, as performed by Jeff Buckley


Here's my lesson showing you how to strum and sing this great tune. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for more lessons like this one.


Capo 5, in 6/8 time


Chord Guide

      21  34

G:    320033

        12 34

Em7:   022033

       32 1

C:    x32010


D:    xx0232


Em:   022000

       213 4

B7:   x21202




Strum: >           >

       B   D U D U D   D U D U      > = Accent

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 +



Intro:  / G - - - - - / Em7 - - - - - / x2


                 G                      Em7                     G                           Em7

Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord that David played and it pleased the Lord,

         C                    C (½)     D (½)  G         D      G                         C (½)     D (½)

But you don’t really care for music,    do you?   It goes like this: the fourth, the fifth

       Em                   C                  D                      B7            Em (2)

The minor fall, the major lift, the baffled king composing Hallelujah!



       C (2)         Em (2)       C (2)        G  D  G   Em7   G  Em7

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelu-u-jah!


        G                                  Em7                      G                      Em7

Your faith was strong but you needed proof. You saw her bathing on the roof;

        C                       C (½)   D (½)   G         D            G                 C (½)      D (½)

Her beauty and the moonlight  overthrew you. But she tied you to a kitchen chair

        Em                              C                          D                        B7                Em (2)

She broke your throne, she cut your hair, and from your lips she drew the Hallelujah! (Chorus)


        G                    Em7                G                      Em7

You say I took the name in vain; But I don’t even know the name.

      C                    C (½)   D (½)         G       D                G                   C (½)  D (½)

But if I did, well, really,         what’s it to you? There’s a blaze of light in every word;

     Em                   C                              D                B7            Em (2)

It doesn’t matter which you heard; The holy, or the broken Hallelujah!  (Chorus)


 G                     Em7                G                             Em7

Baby, I’ve been here before. I know this room, I’ve walked this floor.

  C                   C (½)    D (½) G         D        G                                C (½) D (½)

I used to live alone before I knew you.   I’ve seen your flag on the marble   arch,

  Em              C                            D                     B7           Em (2)

Love is not a victory march. It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah!  (Chorus)


           G                   Em7           G                            Em7

There was a time you let me know What’s really going on below

        C                    C (½)  D (½)  G         D        G                       C (½)     D (½)

But now you never show it to me, do you?   I remember when I moved in you,

             Em                   C                       D                         B7              Em (2)

And the holy dove was moving, too. And every breath we drew was Hallelujah!  (Chorus)


          G                    Em7               G             Em7

Now maybe there’s a God above But all I ever learn from love

      C                              C (½)   D (½)      G         D            G                           C (½) D (½)

Is how to shoot at somebody     who   outdrew you. And it’s not a cry that you hear at night,

       Em                           C                           D                   B7           Em (2)

It’s not somebody who’s seen the light, it’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah!  (Chorus)



       C (2)         Em (2)       C (2)        G  D 

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelu-u-

       C (2)         Em (2)       C (2)        G  D 

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelu-u-

       C (2)         Em (2)       C (2)        G  D  G (hold)

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelu-u-jah!


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36 Comments for Buckley, Jeff – Hallelujah

  1. Rob Hampton says:

    I’ve been thinking of filming a lesson teaching people how to play this fingerstyle. Let me know if that sounds interesting to you.

    • kurthanish says:

      Rob – I would appreciate seeing the finger style patterns.   

      • Rob Hampton says:

        Cool, Kurt.  One vote for fingerstyle!

        • Rodney says:

          I vote for finger style! as do my middle and ring fingers, they are jealous of my thumb and pointer getting all the action with a pick.

        • make that 2 votes 😛

    • Ryan says:

      I would be very interested in learning the finger style pattern!

  2. LaurieJane says:

    Hey, am I ever glad I ran across your site. You have a most interesting method. It took me a few minutes to do the “math” and I am on board. However, my guitar’s final resting place is a mystery-my daughter just said she would replace it. I, of course, could not tell her how many thousands it cost so right now I am looking for a new baby. (In college, I always used my music every way I could-as a Broadcasting Major-I argued and won that my music must be accepted as my related field. The argument: Could they not hear the music?) I also believe music is Mathematics as well as a Foreign language….so I get laughs hey it makes ’em think.

    • Rob Hampton says:

      Great to have you here, Laurie!

  3. john crawford says:

    Second vote for fingerstyle!

  4. malc says:

    Rob would love a lesson in fingerstyle

  5. Rod says:

    Thank you very much for the lesson and chords for this song!  Working on it now with strumming and with an arpeggio pattern.  If you taught a finger picking version that would be very appreciated.  Hooked on this song after hearing Juliana Richer Daily’s take on this.  Really like her intro.  I’m trying to figure it out but not quite good enough for that with just a few years playing under my belt. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3StsIYf8phs  and http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GS3sZ7g8BqI Amazing what some folks, like Juliana Daily and other, post on YouTube.  And, how I was lead to your site as we’ll…    so… also amazing!Thanks,Rod

    • Rob Hampton says:

      Cool, Rod!  The fingerstyle version I’m thinking of teaching is similar to Jiliana’s.  Will try to get to it in the next month or so.

  6. neilfryeruk says:

    Hi Rob,  Having only just come across your site in the last few months and deciding to take up the guitar once again I was enthralled by your methods and teaching style! I have the strumming pattern licked now but struggling with the D-B7 chord change but practicing every day so hopefully it will come! feel sorry for the wife though having to listen to the same piece over and over :-)   Love the video lesson and hope to see more in the future, great work, thanks!!

  7. everett says:

    thanks easy reading and well done

  8. lee b says:

    Love no F barre chord.

  9. Bill says:

    I really love your style of teaching you help me out so so much. I am looking forward to learn more new songs keep up the good work!

  10. Gudrun says:

    Thank you for your side! Great!

  11. crosses for christ says:
    • crosses for christ says:

      Im a crossing guard for kids that likes to worship the Father with my guitar. I pray for there safety all the time. this song is a heart throbing one for me. thanks and God bless!

  12. Angela Woodruff says:

    I would love to see the fingerstyle for this!!! 

  13. Jaime says:

    Yes, YES and YES.  I have been trying to learn this song for over 2 years on and off but I always got frustrated because without a thumb on my left hand I have a very difficult time with barr chords and this is perfect for me.  I am getting the strumming down and would love to see the finger picking pattern you use so I could practice this as well.

  14. Jeff says:

    Fantastic video, and I like the capo method.Is it just me or is the songster.com link broken?  I get a page not found, and I would very much like to use this.  is this just me?

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  17. Deborah Hobby says:

    Thankyou for this page!!!

  18. Moises Saldivar says:

     Thanks for the easy listening lesson I enjoyed it and look forward to others.

  19. Rodney Peers says:

    Great version Rob.  Thanks,  Regards, Rodney

  20. Ned Friend says:

    This is awesome Rob! I’ve been trying to yeah myself off of ultimate guitar tabs, but I forgot about this version of G so kept getting confused. Great lesson! I miss getting them in person :)

    • Ned Friend says:

      Btw I found this through Bing, but it’s a good reminder I should awkward search your site first rather than ultimate tabs. I may try the finger picking version but my goal is to lead camp singalongs so having the strum carries better. 

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