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    Hallelujah

    by Leonard Cohen, as performed by Jeff Buckley

     

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    Capo 5, in 6/8 time

     

    Chord Guide

          21  34

    G:    320033

            12 34

    Em7:   022033

           32 1

    C:    x32010

             132

    D:    xx0232

           12

    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!

     

    Chorus:

           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)

     

    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!

     


    This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.