Thursday, April 24, 2014

IDTIMWYTIM: Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah

Fake Hymns: Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.

A devout observant Jew, who began studying Zen in 1970, became a Zen Buddhist monk in 1996. In 1984 he wrote and released one of the most covered and widely loved pop-songs in history: "Hallelujah."

It is simple, powerful, and visceral.

It has references to Scripture--or at least appears to, and even refers to "the holy dove." Most importantly it says "Hallelujah" lots and lots of times.

Hundreds of Christian artists have covered this song as if it were a Christian hymn. The letters IDTIMWYTIM mean "I don't think it means what you think it means."

The reference to "the holy dove" in the song is made in reference to innuendo about sexual pleasure.
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

The song itself is about a love/sex relationship that is being destroyed by the couple. The references to Scripture are to similar situations with David and Bathsheba, Sampson and Delilah. The references, however, are either confused or poetically reinterpreted. Cohen makes it sound like David had his hair cut by a woman who betrayed him, or perhaps it is the song's narrator who is tied up by his lover:
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
The word Hallelujah "Praise the Lord" is used here as a double entendre.

The song itself promotes an Agnostic view of God
Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
It’s not a cry you can hear at night
It’s not somebody who has seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
The Agnostic argument continues to the next verse, where the notion of religious belief is relegated to a personal issue.
You say I took the name in vain
I don't even know the name
But if I did, well, really, what's it to you?
There's a blaze of light in every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah
And yet, somehow the song's narrator hopes to stand before some kind of god at the end. Cohen calls him the "Lord of Song." One of the implications is that the tragic sorrow filled broken love lives of people are merely the lyrics of the song written by this "Lord of Song."
I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
Followed by 17 Hallelujahs.

Cohen certainly has produced a memorable song. And it appears from the list of cover artists, that anybody can bring their theology or interpretation to the song without ruining the song.

Sure, some of the Christian artists cut out the "naughty bits" or most of them... and maybe even add their own verses.

But isn't that a blatant admission that the song itself is not really a Biblical Christian Hymn?

I want to hear this song, but in the right setting. It belongs at the tail end of the second set, or just before the musicians take their last break for the night. When the kids are sleeping on coats on the benches beside the dance floor. When you can look into your spouse's eyes and be thankful that the song isn't about your relationship.

I don't want ever to hear it in Church.

Gang, it isn't a Christian hymn, so, please, don't pretend it is.

List of Covers of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah (Data from

Calstrup, Gitte DegnHallelujaEn sang på vejenDenmark 2010Danmc-32
Calstrup, Gitte DegnHalleluja InstrumentalEn sang på vejenDenmark2010Instmc-32
Abel, RichardHallelujahElegancia (DVD)USA 2009Engmc-32
Abendsterne der Junge ChorHallelujahColours of your lifeGermany 2012Engmc-33
AcappologyHallelujahLong time comingUSA 2008Engmc-31
Acho, SteveHallelujahCovers unconvered - Live acoustic concert IUSA 2006EngArc
Adam & MiaHallelujahAdam & MiaUSA 2008Engmc-29
Addy, Rob & Hacker, KatHallelujahHallelujah (single)USA 2011Engmc-32
Adler, Dan and SandyHallelujah
USA 2008Engmc-29
Aftab, AroojHallelujahCollection 1USA Pakistan 200XEngmc-19
AirHallelujahA day in the lifeJapan 2005EngArc
Aki, ErkanHallelujahTrue loveGermany 2012Engmc-33
Akiyama, YokoHallelujahPiranha in lakeUSA 2009Engmc-32
Alabaster BlueHallelujah10 songs, any styleUSA 2010Engmc-33
Alan!HallelujahJust RockingUSA 2011Engmc-32
AliquaHallelujahAliquaUSA 2009Engmc-29
Allan, JoshHallelujahThe let goUSA 2006Engmc-25
Alleyne-Johnson, EdHallelujahArpeggioUK 2011Engmc-33
Andonov, BobbyHallelujahHallelujah - SingleUSA 2010Engmc-32
AngelouHallelujahHallelujah (EP)UK 1997EngL4
Apple, WinstonHallelujahHallelujah - SingleUSA 2010Engmc-32
Ardisson, BeatriceHallelujahParis by nightFrance 2009Frexx
Aural pleasureHallelujahAfterglowUSA 2010Engxx
Austin, LandonHallelujahHallelujah (single)USA 2011Engmc-32
Ayado, ChieHallelujahPrayerJapan 2011Engmc-33
Azucena, MayaHallelujahJunkyard jewelUSA 2007Engmc-23
B_dard, MelissaHallelujahStar academie noÔl 20122012 FranceEngxx
Backseat BordelloHallelujahEnd times dinnerUSA 2010Engmc-32
Backseat BordelloHallelujahEnd times dineUSA 2010Engmc-32
Baeck, ArndtHallelujahAuszeitGermany 2012Instrxx
Baker, BastianHallelujahTomorrow may not be betterSwitzerland 2012Engxx
Baker, RonanHallelujahThe sad paradeUSA 2008Engmc-31
BalladeireHallelujahBalladeireGermany 2005Engmc-25
Band of the South Australia PoliceHallelujahAnd all that jazzAustralia 2012Engmc-33
Band of the South Australia PoliceHallelujahBound for BaselAustralia 2010Engmc-33
Baricman, ChrisHallelujahBlindUSA 2000Engxx
Barron, NicholasHallelujahAs I amUSA 2007EngArc
Barrow, ReneHallelujahThat's lifeUSA 2010Engmc-33
Batalla, PerlaHallelujahWe three kingsUSA 2008Engmc-31
Bates College Deansmen, TheHallelujahThe deansmen: a century half fullUSA 2007EngArc
Bazan, DavidHallelujahB-side of a singleUSA 200XEngmc-33
Bergh, Bert van denHallelujahVerzameldHolland 2009Dutxx
Berry, ChelseaHallelujahI wonderUK 2011Engmc-32
Bertlin, SusanneHallelujahMy ChristmasSweden 2012Swemc-33
Bhatt, AnandHallelujahR.I.P. Jeff Buckley Goodbye Leonard Cohen Hello Acoustin ImprovisationUSA 2008EngArc
Bigras, DanHallelujahFanCanada 2009Engmc-33
Bird of PrayHallelujahMore Sad SongsUSA 2011Engmc-32
Bishop, HeatherHallelujahMy face is a map of my time hereCanada 2009Engmc-32
BlackbirdsHallelujahEndlines & punchrhymesUSA 2009Engmc-33
BlakeHallelujahBlakeUK 2008Engmc-25
Blanchfield, SineadHallelujahVoyage of dreamsUK 2009Engmc-33
Blount, LindseyHallelujahAlways here with meUSA 2001Engxx
Blue Engine String QuartetHallelujahIf it be your willCanada 2005EngCD
Blue JupiterHallelujahEar CandyUSA 2002Engxx
BlumfeldHallelujah1000 Tränen tiefGermany 1999Germc-9
Blunderfield, WillHallelujahHallelujahUSA 2011Engmc-33
Bohren, SpencerHallelujahTempered steelUSA 2013Engmc-33
Boihren, SpencerHallelujahTempered steelUSA 2013Engxx
Bollani, StefanoHallelujahIl dotter DjembeItaly 2012Ita mc-32
Bon JoviHallelujahLost Highway UK 2007Engarc
Bon Opratit! HallelujahSensatiable2013 USAEngxx
BonoHallelujahTower of songUSA 1995EngTO
Borderes ( The)& The Rough DiamondHallelujahTime for changeAustralia 200XEngxx
Bortnick, EthanHallelujahEthan Bortnick and his musical machineUSA 2010Engmc-33
Botti, ChrisHallelujahDecemberUSA 2002Instrmc-11
Bowditch, ClareHallelujahLike a versionAustralia 2005EngArc
Bowditch, ClareHallelujahTriple J: Like a versionUSA 2005Engmc-31
Boyle, SusanHallelujahThe GiftUK 2010Engmc-31
Braaten, CathyHallelujahSlowdownUSA 2003Engxx
Bradley, JackieHallelujahDreamUSA 2009Instrmc-33
Brian Vaccaro TrioHallelujahGoing through the motionsUSA 2011Engmc-33
Brown Derbies, TheHallelujahWe deliverUSA 2007Engxx
Buckley, JeffHallelujahGraceUSA 1994EngM2
Burke, Alexandra HallelujahHallelujah (single)UK 2008EngArc
Burnett, FionaHallelujahImagineAustralia 2006Engmc-26
Cafe MusiqueHallelujahCatching breathUSA 2010Engmc-33
Cale, JohnHallelujahI'm your fanFrance 1991EngFA
Canadian Tenors, TheHallelujahThe perfect giftCanada 2010Engmc-31
CantemoiselleHallelujahEs Stuck vom GluckGermany 2012Engmc-32
Captain SmartypantsHallelujahUndercoverUSA 2004Engmc-18
Carlile, BrandiHallelujahConnect setsUSA 2005Engmc-26
Caro feat. Charlie BatchelorHallelujahThe 4th wayUSA 2007EngArc
Carr-Harris, PhilipHallelujahPhilipUSA 2010Engmc-33
Casale, GiulioHallelujahL’uomo col futuro di dietroItaly 2005Itamc-24
Casapietra, BjörnHallelujahCeltic prayerGermany 2010Engmc-33
Casey, Patrick AlanHallelujahLeaving CaliforniaUSA 2010Engmc-33
Castro, JasonHallelujahJason CastroUSA 2010 EngArc
Catgut & SteelHallelujahStringing it togetherNew Zealand 2008Engmc-33
Celtic ThunderHallelujahIt's entertainmentIreland 2010Engmc-31
Chambers, JohnHallelujahPhilosmusical fragmentsUSA 2007Engxx
Chamorro, Joan & Andrea MotisHallelujahFeeling goodSpain 2012Engmc-33
Chapman, DaisyHallelujahHymns of blameUSA 2006EngArc
Childs, LizHallelujahTake flightUSA 2011Engmc-32
China Dunshan Symphonic Wind OrchesterHallelujahJust for youSwitzerland 2013Engmc-33
Choir of Hard Knocks, TheHallelujahSongs of the SeriesAustralia 2007Engxx
Clark, CarrieHallelujahRelease the butterflyUSA 2001Engmc-17
Clayburn, AndyHallelujah13 x 13USA 2011Engmc-33
Clayderman, RichardHallelujah Romantique2013 FranceInstrmc-33
Clemson University TakeNoteHallelujahBest of college a cappellaUSA 2006Engmc-23
Clouser, ToddHallelujahLove electricUSA 2010Engxx
ClusterHallelujahStepsUSA 2009Engmc-32
Coco and LafeHallelujahUncoveredUSA 2009Engmc-33
Collins JamesHallelujahThe way you look tonightUSA 2009Insmc-32
Collister, ChristineHallelujahLoveUK 2005Engxx
Comeau, AllanHallelujahLife is in sessionUSA 2007EngArc
Conspiracy of BeardsHallelujahConspiracy of BeardsUSA 2008EngCD
Conspiracy of BeardsHallelujahLive at Heritage HallUSA 2013EngCD
Conway, AlanaHallelujahFields of goldAustralia 2013Engmc-33
Coro Santa CroceHallelujahUn canto senza fineUSA 2008Engmc-33
Coughlan, MaryHallelujahVarious Artist -SanctuaryIrland 2007Engmc-32
Cousineau, Étienne HallelujahMa voieCanada 2013Engmc-33
Crawford, HankHallelujahWildflowerUK 2002Engxx
Crouch, LisaHallelujahHallelujahUSA 2011Engmc-32
Crowe, AllisonHallelujahTidings: 6 songs for the SeasonCanada 2004Engmc-13
Crowe, KatherineHallelujahJust meUSA 2007EngArc
Darren, KurtHallelujahSmiling back at me2009 South AfricaEngmc-33
Dartmouth Brovertones, TheHallelujahBro & TellUSA 2012Engmc-32
Desrosiers, TiffanyHallelujahTiffany DesrosiersCanada 2009Engmc-32
Diamond, NeilHallelujahDreamsUSA 2010EngArc
Dick, TrevorHallelujahGlory and peaceUSA 2007EngArc
Die PriesterHallelujahSpiritus dei2011 GermanyEngmc-33
Dobson, EwanHallelujahEwan Dobson IIICanada 2012Engmc-32
DouGlass, GregoryHallelujahCover artUESA 2010Engmc-32
Duke, Adrian HallelujahLazy bones2010 USAEngxx
Dylan, BobHallelujahCritic's Choice Vol.3 (bootleg)(live, Montreal 1988)EngM1
Eaglesmith, FredHallelujahCMT ChristmasUSA 2001Engmc-33
ElisaHallelujahLotusItaly 2003Engmc-12
EllipsisHallelujahWalk this roadUSA 2010Engmc-33
Emmy the GreatHallelujahFirst love (Close harbour)UK 2009Engxx
Eriksson, AnnaHallelujahGarden of Love (DVD)Finland 2010EngDVD
Erza, AdamHallelujahCoverUSA 2009Engmc-32
Eshaghoff Friedberg, Tania HallelujahThe lullaby project lala-yeeUSA 2013Engmc-33
Evans, KevinHallelujah Going to and coming from Canada 2008Engmc-32
FabriceHallelujahRootsUSA 2011Engmc-32
Fase, DrewHallelujahTonight the moon belongs to youUSA 2009Engmc-33
Favarel, FrédéricHallelujahJazzpopFrance 2012Instmc-32
Fay, R_ndiHallelujahThat old black magic2012 USAEngxx
Felix, JulieHallelujahI walk with beautyUK 2004EngArc
Fine Art MusicHallelujah Many hearts. One voice.2012 GermanyGerxx
Fisher, JuniHallelujahSecret ChordUSA 2012Engmc-32
Fleming, ReneeHallelujahDark hopeUSA 2010Engmc-31
Fletcher, Katelyn HallelujahKatelyn Fletcher - singleUSA 2013Engmc-33
Flying ColorsHallelujahLive in EuropeUSA 2013Engmc-33
Flöjt, HelenaHallelujahLåt mig visaFinland 2010Swexx
Fraser, Jeri Lynne HallelujahJust use your love2012 USAEngxx
FreyaHallelujahCD singleDenmark 1999Engmc-3
Fullbright, JohnHallelujahLive at the Blue DoorUSA 2009Engmc-33
Futenma, KaoriHallelujahHallelujah (single)Japan 2009Japxx
Future HitsmakersHallelujahUltimate instrumental hits of todayUSA 2010Engmc-32
Gallagher, Valerie MarkellHallelujahCollage2012 USAEngxx
Gandolfi, Paul VincentHallelujahStir the menagerieUSA 2008Engmc-33
Garvey, ReaHallelujahBarfuss - Original soundtrackGermany 2005Engmc-18
Gazarek, SaraHallelujahReturn to youUSA 2007Engmc-22
Genghis BarbieHallelujahHome for the holidaysUSA 2011Engmc-32
GennaroseHallelujahSpiritUSA 2005Engmc-26
Geri XHallelujahCan't make you happyUSA 2007Engmc-29
Gibson, Claudia (Claud)HallelujahHighwireUK 2008Engxx
Gillen, Fred Jr.HallelujahMatch against a new moonUSA 2010Engmc-33
Gillis, PeterHallelujahHallelujah (single)USA 2011Engmc-32
Goda HoppHallelujahJul i acappellaboSweden 2010Swemc-32
Gora, John & GoraleHallelujahPolka playin’ foolCanada 2009Engmc-32
Grace, KayteHallelujahLive in NYCUSA 2010Engmc-32
Granger, RandyHallelujahPura vida this is oureUSA 2010Engmc-32
Grenier, KarenHallelujahCrazy loveCanada 2009Engmc-32
Griffin, AlistairHallelujahFinding BoethiusUK 2006Engmc-33
Grundler, JamesHallelujahHallelujah (EP)USA 2008Engmc-32
Gunn, IsobelleHallelujahLosing the GroundUSA 2012EngArc
Göransson, ErikHallelujahHallelujah - SingleUSA 2011Engmc-32
Hall, Anthony MichaelHallelujahDead Zone (soundtrack)USA 2004EngArc
Hall, TiannaHallelujahBallads & bossasUSA 2010Engmc-33
Hamilton, JakeHallelujahFreedom callingUSA 2011Engmc-33
Harlan, ScottHallelujahScott HarlanUSA 2006Engmc-32
Hartman, Ellisa HallelujahArbutusCanada 2009Engmc-33
Hatlee, PaulHallelujahThe greatest night of All -EPUSA 2011Engmc-32
Heikkinen, HennaHallelujahIdols 2005Finland 2005Engmc-32
Hennessey, DebbieHallelujahSingleUSA 2010Engmc-32
Henry, Michael & Robinett, JustinHallelujahSimplistic duplexityUSA 2011Engmc-32
Herman, YaronHallelujahCool tributes - The chill out sessionsSpain 2009Engmc-31
Herzog, ToddHallelujahA shelter of peaceUSA 2011Engxx
Hest, AriHallelujahLive at Ziggy's BarUSA 2002Engmc-15
Hockridge, Murray & Kilminster, DaveHallelujahCloser to earthUK 2011Engmc-33
Hoel, JørnHallelujahJørn Hoels hetesteNorway 2006Engmc-31
Holiday CelebrityHallelujahHoliday celebrity playlistUSA 2010Engmc-32
Holmberg, JonasHallelujahSvenska jazzballader vol 1Sweden 2009Swemc-31
Holmes, ClintHallelujahClint Holmes ChristmasUSA 2010Engmc-33
Horn, Jim feat. Jonell MosseHallelujahChildren of the UniverseUSA 2012Engmc-33
Hpu Petal PointsHallelujahOne voiceUSA 2011Engmc-32
Hryniw, CarrieHallelujahFinding graceUSA 2008Engmc-33
Hudd, BrookeHallelujahSong to be sungUSA 2009Engmc-32
Isobelle GunnHallelujahLosing the groundCanada 2012Engmc-33
Jaensch, JuergenHallelujahIch kenne Deine TräumeGermany 1997EngJA
James, BrandenHallelujahThe voice of ChristmasUSA 2013Engxx
James, FreddieHallelujahMontreal Jazz Club Session 2Canada 2005Engmc-31
JamilyHallelujahHallelujahBrazil 2012Engmc-33
Jardvall, AlexandraHallelujahMyelf, and IUSA 2010Engmc-32
Jazz Mandolin Project - Jamie MasefieldHallelujahThe deep forbidden lakeUSA 2005Instrmc-32
JelloslaveHallelujahPurple orangeUSA 2010Instmc-32
Jenkins, BowHallelujahThe acoustic sessionsUK 2006Engmc-22
Jenkins, KatherineHallelujahSacred ariasUK 2008Engmc-31
Jess, GaryHallelujahDay dreamsUSA 2012Instrxx
Jimmy GHallelujahPirates callingUSA 2010Engmc-32
Jochimsen, Jess & Bendiks, SaschaHallelujahDas wird jetzt ein bisschen weh tunGermany 2007Engmc-32
Jodi, Alana, & MorganHallelujahHallelujah (single)USA 2010Engmc-32
Johannes Luebbers DectetHallelujahThe exquisite corpse of BeethovenAustralia 2011Engmc-33
Joli, FranceHallelujahHallelujah (single)USA 2012Engmc-32
Jones, AledHallelujahReason to believeUK 2007EngArc
Jones, AshtonHallelujahDemoUSA 2004Engmc-18
Jones, BrightonHallelujahThe new blessingsUSA 2010Engxx
Jones, IndieHallelujahRaise upUSA 2010Engxx
Jones, VinceHallelujahLiveAustralia 1999Engmc-6
Jong, Tracie deHallelujahTurning inNew Zealand 2004Engmc-14
Jordan, RileyHallelujahHallelujah SingleUSA 2009Engmc-32
Ju-LHallelujahChristmas hits - Jul i DanmarkDenmark 2011Engmc-32
Jubilant BridgeHallelujahPower linesUSA 2010Engmc-33
Jukebox HeavenHallelujahA mellow nightUSA 2011Engmc-32
Juliane-XDHallelujahCoverUSA 2012Engmc-32
Jupiter/in/JanuaryHallelujahPhotographs of ghostsUSA 2007EngArc
Just BHallelujahMeanwhile, back on the asteroidUSA 2005Engmc-23
K's ChoiceHallelujahParadisoHolland 1999Engmc-27
Karaoke albumHallelujahEnya and Leonard CohenUSA 2002InstrCD
KarmadilloHallelujahCovering all bassesUK 2008Engxx
Kempters, TheHallelujahBe still & Know that I am GodUSA 2009Engmc-33
Kerr, MartinHallelujahDrop in the seaCanada 2011Eng mc-33
Kettel, Gee GeeHallelujahOne man bandGermany 2010EngCD
Kids In The WayHallelujahSafe from the losing fight2004 USAEngxx
King's SingersHallelujahFrom the heartUK 2009Engarc
KokiaHallelujahChristmas giftJapan 2008Eng?mc-33
Kowalska, KasiaHallelujahAntepenultimate (Edycja Specjalna)Poland 2009Engmc-33
Kreisberg, JonathanHallelujahOne2013 USAEngxx
Kristensen, HeidiHallelujahSingleUSA 2011Engmc-32
L(ukeman), JackHallelujahRooftop LullabyIreland 2000Engmc-4
Lang, K. D.HallelujahHymns of the 49th parallelUSA 2004Engmc-12
Lang, K.D.HallelujahLive in London with the BBC Concert Orchestra (DVD)UK 2008Engxx
Laula, CarolHallelujahTo letUSA 2004Engxx
Laverman, NynkeHallelujahCohen in het Fries (CD/DVD)Holland 2008FriCD
Lee, EricHallelujahThunder road (Single)USA 2011Engmc-32
Leigh Cobble, Tara LeeHallelujahPlaying favoritesUSA 2008Engmc-32
Leith, DamienHallelujahWinner’s journeyUSA 2006Engmc-31
Levy, YasminHallelujahSentirIsrael 2009LadinoArc
Lieberth, Elise feat. Steve AchoHallelujahHallelujah - SingleUSA 2011Engmc-32
LightseekersHallelujahFlying freeFrance 2008Engmc-33
Lind, Espen - Nilsen, Kurt - Fuentes, Alejandro & Holm, AskilHallelujahHallelujah LiveNorway 2006EngArc
Linn & MarkusHallelujahJulskinkan SjungerSweden 2009Engmc-32
LisaHallelujahHallelujah (single)Holland 2009Engmc-31
Lloyd, AlexHallelujahOther sideUSA 2006Engxx
Loaded Strings and WoodHallelujahClassic rock sculptures vol 1Australia 2008Engmc-32
Lois, LisaHallelujahSmokeUK 2009EngArc
Long, MarjorieHallelujahAflameUSA 2007EngArc
Lucky JimHallelujahDie fetten Jahre sind vorbei (soundtrack album)Germany 2004Engmc-19
LyricaHallelujahCon passioneNew Zealand 2010Engxx
MacDonald, MargotHallelujahWallsUSA 2009Engxx
MacNeil, LukeHallelujahUnder coversUSA 2006EngArc
MacbrolanHallelujahVerandaUSA 2006Engmc-19
Mack, CarolineHallelujahBecause of youUSA 2011Engmc-33
Mackey, MattHallelujahThese tracksUSA 2008Engmc-32
Malchicks, TheHallelujahTo kill a mockingbirdUK 2008Engxx
MalcontentHallelujahSecond fiddleNew Zealand 2008Engmc-33
Malmberg, MyrraHallelujahBossa vol. 2Norway 2007Engmc-33
Mann, ChrisHallelujahA Mann for all seasonsUSA 2013Engmc-33
Manns, JasonHallelujahSoulUSA 2010Engmc-33
Many AngelsHallelujahTo youUSA 200XEngmc-17
Marcy PlaygroundHallelujahLunch recess & detentionUSA 2012Engmc-33
Marti, Jeff & Wayne SheehyHallelujahLive in DublinUSA 2009Engmc-32
Martin, JeffHallelujahLive in Brisbane 2006Australia 2006EngArc
Matijevic, MiljenkoHallelujahCD singleUSA 2010Engmc-33
Max, KevinHallelujahBetween the fence and the universeUSA 2004Engmc-27
McAlley, NickHallelujahThe dancing wolfHolland 2010Engmc-33
McDonald, MichaelHallelujahSoul speakUSA 2008Engmc-31
McDonald, MichaelHallelujahThis christmas live in Chicago (DVD)USA 2010Engmc-33
McGurk, JustinHallelujahThe road backUSA 2009Engmc-32
McKnight & Hall, TianaHallelujahBallads and bossasUSA 2010Engxx
Mead, LeeHallelujahLove SongsUK 2012Engmc-33
Mean Larry & FriendsHallelujahChelsea Hotel: A tribute to Leonard CohenUSA 2000EngCD
Melara, MeganHallelujahA series of small victoriesUSA 2008Engmc-33
Melara, MehanHallelujahSeries of small victoriesUSA 2008Engxx
Menachem, Maya Johanna & Shay TochnerHallelujahAin't going nowhereUSA 2012Engxx
Menconi, JeanHallelujahD'amoreFrance 2010Itamc-33
Menhennett, KellyHallelujahWorld of mineAustralia 2010Engmc-33
MestizoHallelujahMestizaoUSA 2009Engmc-33
Meyers, RonHallelujahShoot´n the moonUSA 2009 Engmc-32
MichaelHallelujah Hymnes à la Beauté du mondeUSA 2009Engmc-31
Migenes, JuliaHallelujahMeilleur de Julia MigenesUSA 1993Eng mc-31
Mili ( Miljenko Matijevic)HallelujahHallelujah (single)Israel 2010Engmc-32
Miller, FriskHallelujahOn her ownUSA 2011Engmc-32
Miltich, AnthonyHallelujahSound mindUSA 2010Engmc-33
Minshew, BrianHallelujahNotes on the human conditionUSA 2009Engmc-29
MiriaHallelujahUnder the surfaceUSA 2010Engmc-33
Misiti, Raffaella & Colombo, EugenioHallelujahOctober SongsItaly 2010EngCD
MistrinankaHallelujahHallelujahThe Czech Rep 2011Czemc-32
Moffatt, ArianeHallelujahTraumaCanada 2010Engmc-31
MoiraHallelujahComing up rosesUSA 2008Engxx
MoniqueHallelujahBelieverDenmark 2005Engmc-32
Montreal Jazz ClubHallelujahSession - 2Canada 2005Engmc-24
Moon, BiancaHallelujahYou feel my love - EPUSA 2011Engmc-32
Morton, EuanHallelujahNewClearUSA 2006Engmc-32
Mr. & Mr. MörgHallelujahLive in rood - witHolland 2008Engxx
Munch, TomHallelujahHallelujah (single)USA 2011Engmc-32
Muno, ClaudineHallelujahMerry lux-masUSA 2006EngArc
Musleh, MarshaHallelujahWho I amUSA 2011Engmc-33
Måndotter, LenaHallelujahSongs of Leonard CohenSweden 2008EngCD
NINIWEHallelujahThe beautiful long agoGermany 2010Engxx
Neihardt, RobinHallelujahA path throught the desertUSA 2011Instmc-32
Nelson, WillieHallelujahSongbirdUSA 2006EngArc
Nielsen, PerHallelujahChrismas joyDenmark 2011Instrmc-32
Nikolas, TakacsHallelujahA második XHungary 2011Engmc-32
Norby, CaecilieHallelujahFirst conversationDenmark 2002Engmc-10
Nordlund, PeterHallelujahLong road backSweden 2010Engmc-33
Norsk noteservice wind orchestraHallelujahDemo tracks vol. 26: FameNorway 2007Instrmc-33
Northcott, TomHallelujahJoyful Songs of L. CohenCanada 1997EngTN
Novalis DeuxHallelujahBlack snowGermany 2010Engmc-33
O'Callaghan, PatriciaHallelujahReal emotional girlCanada 2000Engmc-1
O'Donnell, RoryHallelujahEternityAustralia 2009Engmc-33
O'Gill, DarbyHallelujahIrish Christmas RollickUSA 2004Engmc-17
Ofarim, EstherHallelujahI'll see you in my dreamsUSA 2009Engmc-32
Ogden, CraigHallelujahThe GuitaristUK 2010Engxx
Olson, RobinHallelujahA violin ChristmasUSA 2008Engmc-32
On The RocksHallelujahFull coverageUSA 2005Engmc-32
OrtopilotHallelujahCovers Vol. twoUK 2010Engmc-32
Other Guys, TheHallelujahHullo?USA 2006Engmc-33
OverboardHallelujahTidingsUSA 2008Engmc-32
Owen-Jones, JohnHallelujahHallelujahUK 2006Engmc-33
Pacheco, NathanHallelujahNathan Pacheco2012 USAEngmc-33
Pain of SalvationHallelujahThe second death of pain of salvationUSA 2009EngArc
ParamoreHallelujahFinal riotsUSA 2008Engmc-31
Parker, MelHallelujahBallads, boogie & bluesUSA 2010Engxx
Pascal, DanieleHallelujahDance me to the end of loveS. Africa 1996EngPA
Peled, NoamHallelujahPromo singleIsrael 2005HebCD
Pell, Axel RudiHallelujahBallads IVGermany 2011Engmc-31
Pellow, AshleyHallelujahPot of teaUSA 2008Engmc-29
Pestle, HanaHallelujahHana Pestle EPUSA 2008Engmc-32
Pettersson, SofiaHallelujahSlow downSweden 2002Engmc-33
Piano Strings EnsembleHallelujahPiano strings tribute to the passionUSA 2004InstrArc
Piano Strings SoundtrackHallelujahTribute to ShrekUSA 2003Instrxx
Platt, JoeHallelujahHallelujah SingleUSA 2010Engmc-32
Poggi, Fabrizio & Chicken MamboHallelujahSpirit & FreedomUK (?) 2010Engmc-31
Pokora, MHallelujahA la poursuite du bonheurFrance 2012Engxx
Poma-Swank, TheHallelujahRed sky in BrooklynUSA 2005EngArc
Poniros, Risa & Karen AllredHallelujahSimply AmericanUSA 2012Engmc-32
Popa ChubbyHallelujahBig man big guitar: Popa Chubby liveUSA 2005Engmc-20
Port ChuckHallelujahPort Chuck Vol 1USA 2011Engmc-33
Portland State Chamber Choir HallelujahA drop in the oceanUSA 2012Engmc-33
Prayerbabies, TheHallelujahSundee best200XEngxx
Preising, TobiasHallelujahIn transit2012 GermanyEngxx
Presnyakov, IgorHallelujahAcoustic pop balladsUSA 2011Engmc-32
Preto, Dinho OuroHallelujahBlack HeartUSA 2012Engmc-32
Pretres, LesHallelujahSpiritus Dei (DVD)France 2010Fremc-33
Prevedoros, BradHallelujahHallelujah (single)USA 2011Instmc-32
Prosa, MaxHallelujahRangoonGermany 2012Germc-33
Prètres, LesHallelujahSpiritus deiFrance 2010Frexx
Pure BlueHallelujahScatching the surfaceUSA 2007Engmc-32
Puustjärvi, AnniHallelujahIdols 2008: TähtiluokkaFinland 2008Finmc-31
QuebbHallelujahThe Venice reprise, part oneUSA 2005Engmc-21
Quinn, AsherHallelujahSongs of love and chainsUK 2008Engmc-31
R Master feat.Ingo LassHallelujahNew Anime Nation Vol.3USA 2011Engmc-32
RUAHallelujahWhisperIreland 2004EngArc
RacoonHallelujahLive at Chasse Theater BredaHolland 2009Engmc-31
Rae, SherylHallelujahAfter all these yearsCanada 2010Engmc-33
Rainer, AnnieHallelujahRythm & ReinerUSA 2011Engxx
Reimer, PeterHallelujahAgainGermany 2011Engmc-32
Reiner, AnnieHallelujahRhytm & ReimerUSA 2011Engmc-32
Reinwald, Cantor DavidHallelujahHere I standUSA 2011Engmc-33
Relaxing PianoHallelujahAll I ask of youUSA 2011Instrmc-33
Reynolds, JamieHallelujahHallelujah (single)USA 2012Engmc-32
Rich, DouglasHallelujahScubaUSA 2003Engmc-22
Richard & AdamHallelujahThe Impossible DreamUK 2013Engmc-33
Ricky ZHallelujahHallelujah (single)USA 2011Engmc-32
Ring, JasonHallelujahPatchworkUSA 2007EngArc
Rios, Natalia & GabrielHallelujahCD singleBelgium 2010Engmc-31
Riverso, RosannaHallelujahLet there be peaceCanada 2010Engmc-33
Roets, MathysHallelujahDie tyd sal leerSouth Africa 2003Engxx
Rosenvinge, ChristinaHallelujahUn caso sin resolverSpain 2011EngCD
Rube, GerdHallelujahLiving the DreamUSA 2011Engmc-32
Rubino, LucioHallelujahLucio RubinoUSA 2011Engmc-32
Russel, Maureen HallelujahThe bittersweet2012 USAEngxx
Russell, Maureen HallelujahThe bittersweetUSA 2012Engmc-33
Saints of Boogiestreet, TheHallelujahLeonard Cohen covered by The Saints of BoogiestreetIceland 2012EngCD
SamHallelujahHorizonUSA 2011Engmc-32
Sanden, MollyHallelujahSamma himmelSweden 2009Swemc-33
Sanders, John LeeHallelujahGospel sessions: Southern rootsUSA 2007Engmc-32
SavannahHallelujahReaching serenityUSA 2009Engmc-33
Scanu, ValerioHallelujahCosi diversoUSA 2012Engmc-32
Schafer, BethHallelujahRaise it to bring it downUSA 2009Engmc-33
Schoeman, LeonHallelujahJudas en die jokerSouth Africa 2013Afrmc-33
Schulte, MichaelHallelujahAcoustic cover -Live vol.1USA 2011Engmc-32
Scofield, JocelynHallelujahUnplugged & unorganizedUSA 2006EngArc
Scott, HilaryHallelujahRoad to hopeUSA 2006EngArc
Scott, Hilary & The New Contry LineHallelujahStill Hilary Scott & The New County LineUSA 2011Engmc-33
Scott, JenniferHallelujahMile 41USA 2007Engmc-33
Scott, LisbethHallelujahHope is a thingUSA 2009Engmc-33
Scott, RobertHallelujahPianopticUSA 2008Engmc-33
Selis, EveHallelujahFamily treeUSA 2011Engmc-32
Sheeler, HaleyHallelujahCloser to the groundUSA 2005EngArc
Sheridan, SuzanneHallelujahSings the songs of Joni Mitchell and Leonard CohenUSA 2012EngArc
Shimabukuro, JakeHallelujahPeace love ukuleleUSA 2010Instrmc-31
Shrek Soundtrack Tribute BandHallelujahPianostrings soundtrack tribute to ShrekUSA 2006Instrmc-27
Shrieve, SamHallelujahBittersweet lullabiesUSA 2009 Engmc-33
Shuk, TheHallelujahExperience Israeli and Jewish cultureIsrael 2011Engmc-33
Silver, ElaineHallelujahBlissfully Abundant USA 2009 Engmc-32
Sjögren, ChristerHallelujahÄlskade andliga sångerSweden 2007Swemc-31
Skaroulis, GeorgeHallelujahImagineUSA 2009Engxx
Slattery, CeliaHallelujahCast of charactersUSA 2008Engmc-33
Smallhat, BarneyHallelujahHallelujah (single)USA 2011Engmc-32
Smitty and JulijaHallelujahTo Leonard with loveUSA 2012EngCD
Someone Like YouHallelujahSongs from the HheartUSA 2011Engmc-32
Somers, NeilHallelujah Anderkant AtlantisHollan 2009Dutxx
Sonny Boy MickHallelujahHallelujahUSA 2005EngArc
Sons of the DayHallelujahThe greatest of theseUSA 2006Engxx
Sotton, FabriceHallelujahL'encolFrance 2012Instmc-32
Spangler, TeresaHallelujahThe Game of Life EPUSA 2007Engmc-32
Spilde, EirinHallelujahBy heart & by soulNorway 2008Engxx
St Lawrence University SinnersHallelujahDrop everythingUSA 2005EngArc
St Pier, NatashaHallelujahMessageFrance 2010Engmc-33
Stage 11HallelujahStanding Here - Live at the MintUSA 2011Engmc-32
StarsailorHallelujahLove is here - live (DVD)USA 2002Engmc-33
Steer, AmandaHallelujahMad worldUSA 2008Engmc-32
Sten & Stanley, Alexander NilssonHallelujah50 Jubileum - Ett samlingsalbumSweden 2012Swexx
Stewart, NoahHallelujahNoahUSA 2012Engmc-32
Street to nowhereHallelujahHallelujahUSA 2006Engmc-20
String Quartet Tribute, TheHallelujahStrung out on ParamoreUSA 2007Instrxx
StrombersHallelujahExtraterrestresUSA 2009Engmc-32
Ständut BlakkHallelujahLive från Sundsvalls GatufestSweden 2011Engmc-33
Summervill, ChadHallelujahWinter of your lifeUSA 2011Engmc-33
Sunbeams, TheHallelujahMelancholy MixUSA 2009Engmc-32
Super DidierHallelujahLa Merde Des AutresFrance 2009Engxx
Surface, PatHallelujahI can see clearly nowUSA 2010Engmc-31
Susana, LeoHallelujahThe opposite of nowUSA 2011Engmc-32
Susanna and the Magical OrchestraHallelujahMelody mountainNorway 2006Engmc-21
Swan, Bri-anneHallelujahBallad of a Canadian Superhero EPUSA 2011Engmc-32
Tallis, RickHallelujah Hallelujah for Japan - SingleUSA 2011Engmc-32
Tangerine DreamHallelujahUnder coverUSA 2010Engmc-33
Tapp, CamHallelujahLittle black book of flightAustralia 2010Engmc-33
Taylor, Elaine DianeHallelujahSingleUSA 2010Engmc-32
Teenage GirlsHallelujahLit Riffs (soundtrack)USA 2004EngArc
Temby, Nathan HallelujahLast call2012 USAEngxx
Ten TenorsHallelujahDouble platinumAustralia 2011Engxx
Terran, JenniferHallelujahLive from painted caveUSA 2004Engmc-28
The HaygoodsHallelujahHallelujah - SingleUSA 2012Engmc-32
Thematic PianosHallelujahDie kinder Weihnachts partyUSA 2011Instmc-32
Time for ThreeHallelujah3 fervent travelersUSA 2010Engmc-33
Todd, KatieHallelujahMumbled SpeechUSA 2010Engmc-32
Trio Ewen Delahaye FavennecHallelujahKan tri meFrance 2011Engxx
Turner, DaleHallelujahInterpretationsUSA 2004Engmc-28
Twentytwo BridesHallelujahBlazes of lightUSA 1997Engmc-1
Tyler, ZoeHallelujahFirst and ForemostUSA 2011Engmc-32
Up to flyHallelujahYou're all invitedNorway 2002Engmc-31
Van Etten, FrankHallelujahHallelujah (single)Holland 2009Dutmc-31
Vardoen, Jan (Ian Senior)HallelujahSongs from a blue countryNorway 2005EngArc
Vassili, AmauryHallelujahVinceroFrance 2009Engmc-31
Vietti, Josh HallelujahBest of both worldsUSA 2012Instrmc-33
Vincent, MarkHallelujah My dream - mio visioneAustralia 2009Eng/Itmc-32
Vissili, AmauryHallelujahVinceroCanada 2010Engxx
Vocal LineHallelujahVocal StoriesDenmark 2006Engmc-33
Vocalensemble Kreuz und QuerHallelujahHobt's scho g'heartGermany 2010Germc-32
Voegele, KateHallelujahDon't look awayUSA 2007Engmc-31
Voices In Your HeadHallelujahI used to live alone2011 USAEngxx
Vonderlin, LesHallelujahLes is moreUSA 2010Engmc-33
Wainwright, RufusHallelujahShrek (soundtrack)USA 2001Engmc-8
Walker, StanHallelujahIntroducing Star WalkerAustralia 2009Engmc-31
Watts, AnneHallelujahLive at Christ ChurchUSA 2003Engmc-29
Webb, Amy CarolHallelujahRythm rhyme reason: Songs that taught meUSA 2010Engxx
Webb, BrianHallelujahLiveUSA 2004Engmc-25
Weiler, EdgarHallelujahWe Shall OvercomeUSA 2011Engmc-32
Weissenberg, Caro & Obieglo, AndreasHallelujahCaro Weissenberg & Andreas ObiegloUSA 2006EngArc
Wells, JohnHallelujahAcoustic festivalUSA 2009Engmc-32
Whenham, JasmineHallelujah1:37 a.m.2006 CanadaEngmc-33
Whenman, JasmineHallelujah0,067361111USA 2006EngArc
WhiffenpoofsHallelujahWhiffeniumUSA 2000Engmc-10
Widmark, AndersHallelujahCohen - The Scandinavian reportSweden 2009EngCD
Wild MercyHallelujahFurious fanciesUSA 2005Engxx
Wilgus, JeffreyHallelujahSignatureUSA 2007EngArc
Wilkinson, MarkHallelujahHand pickedAustralia 2012Engmc-33
William, SeanHallelujahDon't worry, it's importantUSA 200XEngxx
Williams, KathrynHallelujahRelationsUK 2004Engmc-15
Williams, PeterHallelujahPeter Williams plays countryUK 2010Engmc-33
Wolff, MichaelHallelujahLove and destructionUSA 2006Engmc-24
Workman, NanetteHallelujahRoots 'n' bluesCanada 2001Engmc-8
Wullschläger, Wulli & Sonja TonnHallelujahDer letzte GauklerGermany 2012Engmc-33
Yang, FaithHallelujahSelf-selectedTaiwan 2009Engmc-31
Yann VIET Free Songs Trio HallelujahLa JavanaiseFrance 2011Instrmc-33
Yao Si Ting HallelujahEternal singing endless love 7China 2009Engmc-33
Yaron Herman TrioHallelujahA time for everythingUSA 2007EngArc
Zoid, KarenHallelujahTerms & conditionsSouth Africa 2010Engmc-32
Mooney, KelleyHallelujah (new lyrics) TomorrowUSA 2011Engmc-32
Merwe, Koos van derHallelujah (2 versions)Leonard Cohen in Afri-KaansSouth Africa 2013Afrxx
Sandler Adam & Shaffer, PaulHallelujah (Different lyrics)12-12-12-12 the concert for Sandy Relief2013 USAEngxx
Brewster, LincolnHallelujah (LC's melody, diff. lyrics)All to you...liveUSA 2005Engmc-25
Botti, ChrisHallelujah (live)Chris Botti in BostonUSA 2009Instrmc-32
Buckley, JeffHallelujah (live)Mystery White Boy -live '95-'96USA 2000Eng.
Cale, JohnHallelujah (live)Fragments of a rainy seasonUSA 1992EngCD
Carlile, BrandiHallelujah (live)Live at Benaroya Hall with The Seattle SymphonyUSA 2011Engmc-32
Crowe, AllisonHallelujah (live)Tidings Live DVDCanada 2005Engdvd
Lang, k.d.Hallelujah (live)Juno AwardsCanada 2010Engmc-32
Lang, k.d.Hallelujah (live)Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010 - Itunes exclusiveCanada 2010Engmc-32
Buckley, JeffHallelujah (live, diff. version)Live at Sin-EUSA 2003Eng.
Buckley, JeffHallelujah (live, diff. version)Live at L'OlympiaFrance 2001Engmc-9
Buckley, JeffHallelujah (live, diff. version)Live from the BataclanUSA 1996Eng.
Kurtz, RachelHallelujah (new lyrics)Broken & LowdownUSA 2012Engmc-33
Suspenders, TheHallelujah (new lyrics)SnowballUSA 2008Engmc-33
Lang, K. D.Hallelujah (new version)RecollectionUSA 2010Engxx
Sandler, Adam & Shaffe, PaulHallelujah (Sandy Relief version)12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy ReliefUSA 2013Engxx
Rot, Jan Hallelujah (w/ own lyrics)Hallelujah Holland 2008Dutmc-31
JorcxHallelujah/Al'leluiaJorcx interpreta CohenSpain 2006CatCD
Quintana, GerardHallelujah/Al-leluiaEl disc de La Marató TV3Spain 2006CatArc
Quintana, GerardHallelujah/Al-leluia (live)Acordes con Leonard CohenSpain 2007CatCD
Il DivoHallelujah/AleluyaPromiseUSA 2008Spamc-31
Morente, EnriqueHallelujah/AleluyaOmegaSpain 1996SpaMO
Rosa, DracoHallelujah/AleluyaVinoSpain 2008Spamc-33
Surfin' BichosHallelujah/AleluyaFamily Album ISpain 1993SpaEA4
VoladorHallelujah/AleluyaDisparen a CohenSpain 2005SpaCD
Duin, Andre vanHallelujah/Alle koeienDubbelHolland 2010Dutxx
Debska, ElaHallelujah/AllelujaKochalam cie dzis ranoPoland 2012Polxx
Kukura, JurajHallelujah/AllelujaJsem tvuj muzCzech R. 1995CzeKU
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Szafran, LoraHallelujah/AllelujaSekrety zycia wedlug Leonarda CohenaPoland 2012PolCD
Wakulinski, KrzysztofHallelujah/AllelujaRoma teatr muzyczny: CohenPoland 2006PolCD
Zembaty, MaciejHallelujah/AllelujaAllelujaPoland 1985PolZE
Pearson, MartinHallelujah/AllelujahThe dark side of the farceAustralia 2007Engmc-33
TroisHallelujah/AllelujiahTroisFrance 2010Fremc-30
Roemischer, JessicaHallelujah/Battle hymn of the republicHavenUSA 2011Engmc-33
Jöback, PeterHallelujah/DecembernattJag kommer hem till julSweden 2002SweArc
Lundqvist, Jan ErikHallelujah/Den hemliga sångenLeonard Cohen på svenskaSweden 2002SweCD
Bila, LucieHallelujah/DesateroBang! Bang!Czech R 2009Czemc-33
Hvidsten, Erik-AndréHallelujah/Desembernatt DesembertnattNorway 2011Normc-32
Kekäle, Jari & COHallelujah/Elämä läikkyyOven raostaFinland 2001Finmc-8
BrigynHallelujah/HaleliwiaHaleliwiaUK 2008Welmc-33
Boström, TomasHallelujah/HallelujaMitt gömda jagSweden 2009SweCD
Brandt, Steffen& Dickow, TinaHallelujah/HallelujaPå danske laeber (both CD and live DVD)Danmark 2004DanCD
Danek, WabiHallelujah/HallelujaSoliteriThe Chech Rep 2013Czemc-33
Esko, MattiHallelujah/HallelujaHallelujaFinland 2011Finmc-31
Finardi, EugenioHallelujah/HallelujaIl silenzio e lo spiritoItaly 2003Engmc-13
Forsberg, EbbaHallelujah/HallelujaTa min valsSweden 2009SweCD
Gallai, PéterHallelujah/HallelujaA vendégek – Leonard Cohen dalaiHungary 2003HunCD
Groothuizen, AngelaHallelujah/HallelujaMelk en honingHolland 2008DutArc
HectorHallelujah/HallelujaKultaiset lehdetFinland 1995FinFI
Janos, KulkaHallelujah/HallelujaAkarod vagy nemHungary 2010Hunmc-33
JanusHallelujah/HallelujaWinterreiseGermany 2002Germc-16
Larsson, Anna LottaHallelujah/HallelujaSaknadSweden 2009Swemc-31
Lundell, UlfHallelujah/HallelujaNår jeg kysser havet / Ulf Lundells besteSweden 1999Swemc-11
Meurman, KristianHallelujah/HallelujaEnsiaskeleetFinland 2007FinCD
Nijs, Rob deHallelujah/HallelujaVanaf VandaagHolland 2004Dutmc-16
Paus, OleHallelujah/HallelujaFra et hvitmalt gjerde i sjelenNorway 2005Normc-23
Perttu, TapaniHallelujah/HallelujaTanssi elämän tanssiFinland 1988FinFI
Pihl, MariaHallelujah/HallelujaVarious artists volume oneGermany 2006SweCD
Thuresson, SvanteHallelujah/HallelujaEn cool julSweden 2011Swemc-33
Forsberg, EbbaHallelujah/Halleluja (live)Ta min vals (CD+live DVD)Sweden 2011SweDVD
Monsieur CamembertHallelujah/HalleluyahFamous blue cheeseAustralia 2007EngCD
HvanndalsbræðurHallelujah/Halli SkúlaRíða feitum hestiIceland 2006Icemc-21
Diop, WasisHallelujah/L'ange djibrilWasis Diop: Judu bekSenegal 2008Fremc-32
Cunningham, DanaHallelujah/Orison for a strangerLive at Stone Mountain Art CenterUSA 2010Engmc-33
Baccini, FrancescoHallelujah/Shrek AlleluiaLa notte non dormo maiItaly 2003Itamc-12
Shimomura, MakotoHallelujah/Zetubou To Kuno No HallelujahKazeMachiJapan 2002Japxx

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Redeeming Christian Holy Days: Another Bunny Attacks

This image is now being used to demonstrate pagan origins of the Easter Bunny:
The drawing is from Prudence Jones and Nigel Pennick‘s 1995/7 A History of Pagan Europe, a Neopagan revisionist history and polemic against Christianity.
In Jones’ and Pennick’s book the image is used as an example to prove that pagan rituals survived even though they were repressed by the church. The image is used in the context of equating Christianity with Nazism in the way it persecuted ancient pagans. Prudence Jones is the pen name of Lenora James, co-founder of the Pagan Anti-Defamation League along with Pennick in 1985.

Actual source for the image:
Bodleian Library Manuscript  Bodl. 264 folio 21 verso.
An illustration from 1344 by Flanders artist Jehan De Grise in collection of mediaeval romances about Alexander the Great.  The original context is at the foot of the page. The Manuscript is available in digital form at the Oxford University and the page may be viewed following this link. Oxford’s licensing prohibits the re-display of the images. They may only be viewed from the Oxford web server.
Throughout this manuscript the margins are filled with creatively bizzarre and exotic animal and animal/human figures which the tale implies Alexander encountered in his conquests in the east. On this particular page there are three gilded scene illustrations layered above this marginal illustration. The upper level has Alexander and his forces preparing to meet the enemy and the beasts of the enemy. The second layer has the battle. The third layer has the conclusion of the battle. The margin below has what looks to be the Virgin and baby Jesus on the left facing right toward a bird cage from which birds are being released. Toward the middle are two women who may be receiving their husbands back from battle. At the right is the scene depicted in the drawing. Only, the drawing in the book by Jones and Pennick also lacks the Priest with hyssop at the far right looking left over the dancers. The text above the margin drawing describes the scenes from Alexander’s story in the three layered drawings.