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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Want Goose Bumps?

 Just listen to THIS...

From the recently televised Hope for Haiti Telethon.
To my mind, NOTHING beats the late Jeff Buckley's version, which I've posted below, but JT's sure does come close.

This is far and away my favorite song ever, mostly for the hauntingly sublime lyrics.

Well I heard there was a secret chord 
That David played and it pleased the Lord 
But you don't really care for music do you

Well it goes like this
The fourth, the fifth 
The minor fall and the major lift 
The baffled king composing hallelujah 


Well your faith was strong but you needed proof 
You saw her bathing on the roof 
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you 

And she tied you to her kitchen chair 
And she broke your throne and she cut your hair 
And from your lips you drew the hallelujah 


Well baby I've been here before 
I've seen this room and I've walked this floor
You know I used to live alone before I knew you

And I've seen your flag on the marble arch 
And love is not a victory march 
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah 


Well there was a time when you let me know 
What's really going on below 
But now you never show that to me do you

But remember when I moved in you 
And the Holy Dove was moving too 
And every breath we drew was hallelujah 


Maybe there is 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 somebody who's seen the light 
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah 



( Leonard Cohen) 

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My Grama's Soul said...

Oh Anne!!!

I know I've heard that song before but I never really paid attention to the words. You are so correct - they are sublime and so beautifully written. Thank-you for sharing it with us on this special day.



Junk Exchange said...

i also like k.d. langs version ... but love this song and it was one that was played at my brothers funeral ..

Junk Exchange said...

and Yes, it gives me goose bumps - as if they are strumming your heart strings - that touching .. love it and thank you for sharing it ..

Unknown said...

Love the song but let me tell I have never seen a more inspiring union of such star power. Everybody sung with so much heart. No credits, no aplausses, just there to help. The hole thing was very moving. Did you see a report about a cuban restaurant owner that for days have been feeding the people? They asked him why he have not left like everybody else and why doing what he is been doing. He said he was there because he is a human being. Simple enough, profound enough. He wants to help rebuilt Haiti. That is the spirit.
In the lighter side, did you see Madonnas face? She could not move her face or open her mouth wide. I said plastic, for sure. Take care and visit sometime. Blessings, Marta.

Debra@CommonGround said...

I have never heard this. We weren't home to watch. This is really an amazing piece of music. Thank you Anne, for sharing this with us.
Blessings, dear

trash talk said...

This song and the number by Kid Rock, Cheryl Crow and Keith Urban just blew me away. I can't wait to add all three to my playlist (hopefully!).

the old white house said...

I loved it, o.k. being a mom of small kids the first time I heard it was on Shrek (a little embarrassed to say that but it's true!) The whole event was spectacular, it was full of hope and humility.
O.k. love that you put clothespins in a jar- the truest form of flattery! Thanks, Theresa

Theresa said...

I saw that show and it was beautiful! Hope you are feeling better:)

Malisa said...

It doesn't matter how many times I hear this song, it ALWAYS gives me goose bumps! Love it!

Kitt said...

Goose bumps, yes, I say Amen and again, Amen. Have a great week, Anne!

Michelle Hughes said...

I have Jeff Buckley's version in my CD player right now!


Clint said...

Great version of this song, Anne! I agree with you that nothing beats Jeff Buckley's version, but Justin Timberlake did a fantastic job with this. Thanks for posting! :)

Unknown said...


Just getting ready to call it a night on a wonderful Sunday evening....Had a great day of crafting and creativity. I listened to this song (also one of my favorites) and all I can say is--what a perfectly peaceful way to end the evening.
What a special song to share with us..thank you!


*The Beautiful Life* said...

Hi Anne!
Loved watching the videos -- hard to decide which I like better. The second one (original) probably, but the one with Justin Timberlake (who knew?) has all the current-events feeling behind it, so it is really touching, too.

Great post, girly!!



Dixie said...

wonderful music for the soul... I stopped by yesterday but due to "painting" didn't have time to stay and listen... glad I did this morning...

and sweet Anne... honey if you want to be one of my fairies... just come on down to Geronimo... you ain't that far away girl... ;)

blessings. Dixie

Claudia said...

I loved that moment during the telethon. I told my husband that it was my favorite number. Just beautiful!


Faded Charm said...

How beautiful. My package arrived super quick. Thanks so much. I love this print and the packaging was oh so lovley too, Where do you find wrapping paper that awesome?

I hope you have a nice week.


Anonymous said...

This song has long been one of my very favorites, but nothing beats the Leonard Cohen version! Excuse me, but I have to go put on a Leonard Cohen CD now.

Love your blog!
Another Texas Gal

Unknown said...

Hi Anne. Wasn't that show wonderful. I had goose bumps too. It was so beautiful. I don't think I've ever appreciated Justin Timberlake's voice as much as I did during this song. His and Matt's voices were both truly magnificent. When I get my computer (not Neils) back up I will definiately have to listen to Jeff Buckley's rendition. I don't know his music at all.

Thanks for sharing. Hugs...Tracy :)

Seawashed said...

yes I watched it and it was beautifully moving.

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