Achieving little initial success, the song found greater popular acclaim through a recording by John Cale , which inspired a recording by Jeff Buckley. It has been viewed as a "baseline" for secular hymns. Following its increased popularity after being featured in the film Shrek ,   many other arrangements have been performed in recordings and in concert, with over versions known. Written in the key of C major , the chord progression matches lyrics from the song: "goes like this, the fourth , the fifth , the minor fall , and the major lift": C, F, G, A minor, F. Cohen wrote around 80 draft verses for "Hallelujah", with one writing session at the Royalton Hotel in New York where he was reduced to sitting on the floor in his underwear, banging his head on the floor. Following his original studio-album version, Cohen performed the original song on his world tour in , but live performances during his and tours almost invariably contained a quite different set of lyrics.
Read the inside story of the writing and recording of Leonard Cohen's oft-covered masterpiece "Hallelujah. Bob Dylan was one of the first to recognize its brilliance, playing it at a couple of shows in This excerpt was originally published in December A group of musicians from Tulsa provided the backbone of the arrangements. Sid McGinnis — who joined the band at Late Night with David Letterman that same year and has remained with the show ever since, in addition to recording with the likes of Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and Dire Straits — provided additional guitar parts. Lissauer, a Yale graduate who has gone on to a successful career scoring films, beamed when he spoke of these sessions that took place almost thirty years earlier. Seated in the larger of the two studio rooms he operates from his thirty-five-acre farm about an hour north of Manhattan, he described working on Various Positions as pure pleasure.
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The phrase is used in Judaism as part of the Hallel prayers, and in Christian prayer,  where since the earliest times  it is used in various ways in liturgies ,  especially those of the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church ,  both of which use the form " alleluia " which is based on the alternative Greek transliteration. It starts and concludes a number of Psalms. This transliteration is the basis of the alternative English transliteration of "Alleluia" that is also used by Christians. In the Hebrew Bible hallelujah is actually a two-word phrase, not one word. The first part, hallelu , is the second-person imperative masculine plural form of the Hebrew verb hillel. In Psalm the Hebrew reads kol han'shamah t'hallel yah halelu-yah;  the first "hallel" and "yah" in this verse are two separate words, and the word "yah" is translated as "the LORD", or "YHWH". The word "Yah" appears by itself as a divine name in poetry about 49 times in the Hebrew Bible including halelu yah , such as in Psalm —5 "who rides upon the skies by his name Yah" and Exodus "Yah is my strength and song". It also often appears at the end of Israelite theophoric names such as Isaiah "yeshayah u , Yahweh is salvation" and Jeremiah "yirmeyah u , Yahweh is exalted". The word hallelujah occurring in the Psalms is therefore a request for a congregation to join in praise toward God. It can be translated as "Praise Yah" or "Praise Jah , you people".