Bono Calls Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” The Most Perfect Song In The World
NME reports that Bono has called Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ the “most perfect song in the world”. He says this in a new book by Alan Light called The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of ‘Hallelujah’“
Other artists comment on the song as well. Regina Spketor says that the song is “pretty much indestructible,” while Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy adds that it it “keeps coming up, and every time it’s like it’s brand new. It sounds new every time you hear it.”
Light wrote about his book for The Hollywood Reporter: “I attempt to explore the unprecedented path of this song – a protracted snowball effect that, over the course of several decades, has turned ‘Hallelujah’ into one of the most loved, most performed, and most misunderstood compositions of all time. Cohen’s simple, indelible melody and striking, ambiguous words – a mesmerizing synthesis of prayer and sexuality – combined with the irresistible force of that universal, one-word chorus add up to a song that is able to serve as a celebration and a lament, a versatile symbol of triumph and sorrow, heartbreak and wisdom.“
The song comes from Cohen’s 1984 album Various Positions. It has been covered from names like Jeff Buckley, Bono, Willie Nelson, Rufus Wainwright, k.d. lang, Alexandra Burke and even Adam Sandler, who performed a spoof at the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert in New York.