And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
from A New Path To The Waterfall
Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah
One of the favorite songs of my life.
I've had the pleasure and blessing of singing this often for friends and family.
It was also a favorite of my brother Greg, who died of pancreatic cancer on May 1, 2008 at the age of 58. I dedicate my singing of this song to him.
This recording includes 2 verses that have usually been left out of performances with which most of us are familiar. Those 2 verses make the song a more complete, human and moving piece, I think. They bring an energy of redemption, or at least of accepting and integrating the broken parts of any human life.
I think it's a most beautiful song and I'm grateful to Mr. Cohen for writing it.