"Hallelujah" on guitar

Learn To Play "Hallelujah" on Guitar

Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is one of those songs that has become infinitely more popular for its cover versions rather than the original will ever be. Cohen first released the song in 1984 on his Various Positions album, but it wasn't until Jeff Buckley recorded the song for his 1994 album Grace that the song really grew in popularity. Since then, the song has been recorded more than 300 times in various languages, and remains a firm favourite of guitar players everywhere. It is probably one of the most covered songs on guitar and a classic for those starting out their guitar lessons. The best way to learn guitar is by playing the music you are passionate about and learn how to play "Hallelujah" on your guitar! Learn to play guitar now by taking guitar classes with us!

Listen to the Jeff Buckley version here:

How to play the song

Here are the five chords you need to play the song:

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C Am C Am

Versee 1

                        C                                   Am
Well I've heard there was a secret chord
             C                                          Am
That David played and it pleased the Lord
           F                                  G                           C                 G
But you don't really care for music, do you?
               C                                         F                    G
Well it goes like this: The fourth, the fifth
           Am                                  F
The minor fall and the major lift
           G                               E7                        Am
The baffled king composing Hallelujah


            C       G       C       Am

Verse 2

Well your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
She tied you to her kitchen chair
And she broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah


Verse 3

But baby I've been here before
I've seen this room and I've walked this floor
You know, I used to live alone before I knew ya
And I've seen your flag on the marble arch
And love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah


Verse 4

Well there was a time when you let me know
What's really going on below
But now you never show that to me do ya
But remember when I moved in you
And the holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah


Verse 5

Maybe there's a God above
But all I've ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya
And it's not a cry that you hear at night
It's not somebody who's seen the light
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah


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