Easter Version of Cohen's ‘Hallelujah’ by Kelley Mooney

Leonard Cohen had over 80 verses to his "Hallelujah" song, written in 1984.   While a lengthy December 3rd  2012  article in Rolling Stones includes excerpts from Alan Light's book  "The Holy or the Unbroken, the story behind the folk legend's most famous song"    It is a NY Times review of the book which has a most insightful question:  "And how did this song get its reputation for universality when nobody, not even Mr. Cohen, really knows what it means?"    HUH?      Listen to the author of new verses to the infamous catchy melody as she explains how her priest asked her to sing the song for Easter - Apparently he had heard one of the many verses not commonly associated with the tune we are most familiar with.   Instead Kelley Mooney rewrote the verses ENTIRELY, applied it with permission to the melody, and provides us with a succinct and appropriate Easter version: 

A crown of thorns placed on His head
He knew that He would soon be dead
He said did you forget me Father did you?
They nailed Him to a wooden cross
Soon all the world would feel the loss
Of Christ the King before His Hallelujah

Hallelujah x4

He hung His head and prepared to die
Then lifted His face up to the sky
Said I am coming home now Father to you
A reed which held His final sip
Was gently lifted to his lips
He drank His last and gave His soul to glory

Hallelujah x4

The soldier who had used his sword
To pierce the body of our Lord
Said truly this is Jesus Christ our Savior
He looked with fear upon his sword
Then turned to face his Christ and Lord
Fell to his knees crying Hallelujah

Hallelujah x4

Took from his head the thorny crown
And wrapped him in a linen gown
And laid him down to rest inside the tomb
The holes in his hands, his feet and side
Now in our hearts we know he died
To save us from ourselves oh hallelujah

Hallelujah x4

Three days went by again they came
To move the stone to bless the slain
With oil and spice anointing hallelujah
But as they went to move the stone
They saw that they were not alone
But Jesus Christ has risen Hallelujah

Hallelujah x4
Hallelujah x4


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