This amazing song took 7 years to write and was then roundly ignored. Only after a cover version and the untimely death of an artist did the song finally become popular.
Since then, Leonard Cohen’s masterpiece has been covered at least 300 times and was used in The West Wing, Scrubs, Watchmen, Shrek and much much more. Everybody treats it like a sad song, but it’s not – Cohen’s intention was much more joyful.
BTWs include death of the author, communication in relationships and ice cream chords.
In the moment of meta, Katie talks about a challenge that enthusiasts everywhere must face: When someone says that you’re “too much”.
- Leonard Cohen’s original 1984 version of Hallelujah
- Jeff Buckley’s cover
- Rufus Wainwright’s cover
- Bono’s terrible cover
- Clear your ears with Tim Minchin’s amazing version
- Leonard Cohen’s live version of Hallelujah
- How Hallelujah brilliantly mixes sex and religion
- How Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah became everyone’s Hallelujah