Hallelujah - Single

by Debbie Hennessey

Released 2010
Rustic Heart Records
Released 2010
Rustic Heart Records
Award winning singer Debbie Hennessey's powerful rendition of the Leonard Cohen classic, produced by Rye Randa
  • 05:37 Lyrics Hallelujah


    Written by Leonard Cohen


    Now I've heard there was a secret chord

    That David played, and it pleased the Lord

    But you don't really care for music, do ya?

    It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth

    The minor fall, the major lift

    The baffled king composing Hallelujah

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah


    Your faith was strong but you needed proof

    You saw her bathing on the roof

    Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you

    She tied you to her kitchen chair

    She broke your thrown, and she cut your hair

    And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah


    Maybe there's a God above

    But all I've ever learned from love

    Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you

    And it's not a cry that you hear at night

    It's not someone who's seen the light

    It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah, etc...




So, here's my story and I'm sticking to it...because it's true! Apparently, I've been living under a rock for the last 30 years because I had never heard this song until I saw kd lang sing it at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics. I know that may be hard to believe but it's true. Considering the tens of thousands of songs I've heard over the years it is possible that it crossed my path but if so, it didn't make any kind of a mark. When I heard kd sing the song I was just floored, by the song and by her performance. I thought it was one of the most beautiful songs I'd ever heard. I wanted to record it. Of course, I immediately jumped on the web to find out more about it and was shocked and bummed to find out it had been recorded over 200 times.

Ok, so not one of my most original ideas. I really wanted to record it but was concerned that the recording and I would be dismissed as an unoriginal hack. Then one of my best buddies suggested that I just record it for myself and that if I liked how it came out then my fans would like it too. So I did just that and I am so happy I did. I wish everyone could feel the way I feel when I sing this song. It feels as if it is coming from my soul. I hope that comes through when you hear it and that you enjoy it.

There is a reason this beautiful song has been recorded so many times. Thank you Leonard Cohen for writing such a musical gift!

Once again, I am thrilled to have worked with producer Rye Randa, who also produced my cd's Good As Gone and Rustic Heart; and multi-Grammy winner Gavin Lurssen who mastered this track along with my cd's Good As Gone and Winter Wonderland. - dh

Debbie Hennessey was named AC40 Female Artist of the Year by New Music Weekly as well as charting a Top 20 Hit on NMW’s AC40 Charts. Her song Believe was used in an episode of The Moment, which aired on USA Network and the music video for the song Good As Gone was featured on the broadcast TV shows Extra and The Next GAC Star. She is a multiple ASCAPlus Award recipient, was included on compilation CDs including CMT's New Music Collection, GoGirls MusicFest, Songsalive!, Beautiful-Women on the Move and more. She was named Best Vocalist of the Month by SingerUniverse, has received Honorable Mentions from the Billboard World Song Contest, Great American Song Contest and West Coast Songwriters Contest. Debbie's cds: Good As Gone, Rustic Heart, and singles: Believe, Winter Wonderland, Hallelujah, It Wasn't His Child, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, and Please Come Home For Christmas are available through many music outlets including iTunes, CDBaby! For more visit Debbie's website at www.debbiehennessey.com

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