Tuesday, April 01, 2008


American Idol . . .

I am thankful for American Idol this season because it has introduced me to the song "Hallelujah" sang by Jason Castro. Oh, my. Have your heard it? Have you seen these lyrics also sang by greats like Jeff Buckley and John Hiatt? No? Let me share my joy:

Well I heard there was a secret chord
that David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do ya?
Well it goes like this: the fourth, the fifth,
the minor fall and the major lift
And the baffled king composing
Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah...
Well your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
And she tied you to her kitchen chair
She broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah...
(Yeah 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
Hallelujah Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah...
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
Hallelujah Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah...
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
Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelu...
Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelu...
Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah

Jeff Buckly died in an accidental drowning. But his version of this song lives on. Wikipedia says of him, "On March 7, 2008, Buckley’s version of the Leonard Cohan song, “Hallelujah”, went to No. 1 on the iTunes chart, selling 178,000 downloads for the week, after being performed by Jason Castro on the seventh season of the television series American Idol. The song debuted at #1 ..., giving Buckley his first #1 on any Billboard chart.

Leonard Cohan's version goes like this:

Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like thisThe fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied youTo a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
There was a time you let me know
What's real and going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
You say I took the name in vain
I don't even know the name
But if I did, well really, what's it to you?
There's a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even thoughIt all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Personally, I LOVE Jason Castro's version. I voted for him last week and plan to contine voting for him. If this is his only great song performance ever . . . it is enough for me.

This song will carry its own legacy. It is simply . . . brilliant.

2 comments:

David Webb said...

Great new site, Jamie! I was introduced to this song on an episode of Scrubs a couple of years ago, and not long after it appeared on an episode of House. Then Criminal Minds, Lost, and Numbers. I don't enumerate the song's many uses to complain. It's truly a haunting tune and lyric, especially as Jeff Buckley performs it. I'm glad to see that AI has put it on the charts once again.

Cindy Swanson said...

I'm feeling some serious love for Jason Castro. My daughter and I are thinking he might be a Christian, because she's found videos online of him singing Christian songs in a church setting. In any case, he's adorable and has a beautiful voice.