Monday, December 16, 2013

2013 Musical Countdown to Christmas: A Hallelujah Christmas

Hallelujah is a very old word.  It means a joyful word of praise to God. It's often used in chants in Christmas music, repeated over and over.  This particular song was written by Leonard Cohen in 1984.  It's had over 300 cover versions sung; recorded and in concert.  It is often called one of the greatest songs of all time.



This version tells the story of our Savior's birth in beautifully simple lyrical fashion.

Lyrics

I've heard about this baby boy
Who's come to earth to bring us joy
and I just want to sing this song to you
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
the minor fall, the major lift
with every breath I'm singing Hallelujah
Hallelujah

A couple came to Bethlehem
Expected child, they searched the inn
To find a place for You were coming soon
There was no room for them to stay
So in a manger filled with hay
God's only Son was born, oh Hallelujah
Hallelujah

The Shepherds left their flocks by night
To see this baby wrapped in light
A host of Angels led them all to You
It was just as the angels said
You'll find Him in a manger bed
Immanuel and Savior, Hallelujah
Hallelujah

A star shone bright up in the east
To Bethlehem, the wisemen three
Came many miles and journeyed long for you
And to the place at which you were
Their frankincense and gold and myrrh
They gave to You and cried out Hallelujah
Hallelujah

I know You came to rescue me
This baby boy would grow to be
A man and one day die for me and you
My sins would drive the nails in You
That rugged cross was my cross, too
Still every breath You drew was Hallelujah
Hallelujah

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