I love love LOVE this song.

I’m sure there are many different meanings to the lyrics… but when I read the lyrics, to me it had something to do with God, love, sex and how all these three things get warped up and mixed together in one big foggy haze. We replace one with the other and end up very confused in the end.

Hallelujah means “praise the Lord.” In this song, I think it represents anything we give our praises to, or anything we desire or are passionate about…

It starts off talking about David, who in his younger years, played the harp for King Saul. His harp was the one thing that gave King Saul relief from the harmful spirit that tormented him. This was right after God chose David as the next King, and so David had much reason to “praise the Lord” because he got his foot in the palace. God blessed him.

I heard there was a secret chord that David played and it please the Lord

Before David was king, he was a shepherd in the wilderness. Although he didn’t have much, he had a strong relationship with God. He lifted his praises to God; his hallelujahs went to God.

Then he became king. He had power. He had a great name. He killed Goliath. His fame spread throughout the land. He married Michal. In a sense he had it all…but he was losing his grip on God.

One day, his eyes feasted on Bathsheba, a woman he saw bathing on a rooftop. He became an adulterer and murderer. He made the figurative move of placing his hallelujahs (praises) from God to lust, to fallen woman… to wanting what he couldn’t have. He went from wanting and desiring God, to wanting and desiring a woman. She became God for him…

Well, your faith was strong but you needed proof, you saw her bathing on the roof. Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you

And then there was Samson. Another man whose fall from grace was a beautiful woman. This time she was a prostitute. He was another man who made the fatal shift from loving God to lusting over a woman who didn’t belong to him.

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

How often do men fall into this trap? Beauty, sex, lust, love… they are tangible things we can desire and want. But they can never satisfy a man’s real heart’s desire…they can never draw the lasting “hallelujah.” Men, she is NOT God. She is powerful. Whoever she is, she can change the course of your life for good or for evil. But, she is not God.

One thing unites these two men’s stories. They both fell prey to lusting for a woman that did not belong to them. This song ends on such a sad note…

Love is not a victory march, It’s a cold and broken hallelujah

When it’s adulterous “love” it can never be anything more.

Sex may be powerful, almost divine…

But remember when I moved in you, and the holy dove was moving too, and every breath we drew was Hallelujah

because in essence sex is spiritual, the joining of two people in the most vulnerable way… but taking a spiritual act and defiling it by engaging in it with someone who doesn’t belong to you can only bring confusion. When we are confused about love, we are confused about God because God is love…

Well maybe there is a God above, but all I’ve ever learned from love was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya

Love on earth is tainted. Instead of it being about a union, it becomes about protecting yourself from another person.

What a sad, beautiful song about how adulterous love can be mistaken for real love and how human love, sex, and beauty cannot replace God….

In reminds me of this taken from 1 Corinthians 6: 13b-20

The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
14And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.
15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!
16Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.”
17But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
18Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.
19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
20for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

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  1. theotheraaron

    I love Jeff Buckley but for this song I prefer Rufus Wainwright. He sings it a little faster and with more emotion (IMO) and uses a piano instead of guitar. He makes some slight changes to the lyrics though and it sounds less spiritual in some parts. Good post, enjoyed your comments!

    Rufus Wainwright – Hallelujah… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQK4YfiPj1Q

  2. MidoriLei

    I do like Rufus Wainwright’s version too! urghh it was hard to decide which one to put up!

  3. MidoriLei

    ok, I think you’re right! I like Rufus Wainwright’s better!

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