Bono says that Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is the “most perfect song in the world.” In The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah,” a recent book by Alan Light, Bono lauds the song that first appeared on Cohen’s album Various Positions in 1984.
The tune has been wildly popular, being covered by over 300 artists. NME reports that some have called for a moratorium on the song.
@U2.com has reported on Bono’s connection to Cohen in the past. There are numerous linkages between U2 and the master song writer.
On a tribute album, Tower of Song: Songs of Leonard Cohen, Bono recorded a memorable and very artistic interpretation of “Hallelujah.”
The whole band joined in on the “Tower of Song” for the film Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man.
U2 also included snippets of “Hallelujah” as an intro to “Where The Streets Have No Name” at some concerts on the 360 tour.
A perfect balance between lament and praise, this is song that I would love to see and hear performed live in a future concert.