Hallelujah chords and lyrics

by K D Lang

Song Details

K D Lang

Writer: Leonard Cohen

Album: Hymns of the 49th Parallel

Recorded: June 1984

Released: December 1984

Music Style: Piano pop

Music: Key of E Major in 6/8 time at 60 bpm (♩)
Chords: E, C#m, B, G#, A
  • E: 022100
  • C#m: x46654
  • B: xx4442 / x24442
  • A: x02220
  • G#: xx1114 / 466544
  • RH/LH chord charts below...

K D Lang & Leonard Cohen

K D Lang is a singer/songwriter, born in Canada in 1961. Some of her hit songs include:

Crying, recorded with Roy Orbison in 1989. Together they won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.

Shadowland released in 1988 and named album of the year by The Canadian Country Music Association.

Full Moon Full Of Love released in 1989 was the single from her album, Absolute Torch and Twang. It charted in The USA and went to number 1 in Canada. It also won her an American Grammy Award for 'The Best Female Country Vocal Performance'.

Constant Craving was released in 1992 and won the award for 'Best Pop Vocal Performance'. This hit song came from the album Ingenue, where Miss Chatelaine was another hit song from the same album.

K D Lang collaborated with other musicians on various projects such as: So In Love for a Cole Porter Tribute Album; Surrender for the James Bond film 'Tomorrow Never Dies', and she wrote music for the soundtrack to Even Cowgirls Get The Blues.

... a special moment shared by K D Lang and Leonard Cohen at a live performance.

K D Lang & Leonard Cohen

Drag was released in 1997, and 2004 saw the release of the album, Hymns Of The 49th Parallel which did very well in both Canada and Australia.

She has since released other albums and collaborated with other musicians, most notably Tony Bennett with What A Wonderful World. Together they toured and won a Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

Official Website: kdlang.com

The Leonard Cohen Files - Site dedicated to Leonard Cohen with loads of information, photos, tour dates and lots lots more.


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Charts - Tips

Hallelujah by K D Lang
Intro: 6/8          
   |  A  |  A  | C#m  | C#m  |  A  |  A  |  E  |  B  |  E  | C#m  |  E  | C#m  |

       E               C#m                E                     C#m
1. I heard there was a sec-ret chord___  Dav-id played and it pleased the Lord
        A                 B              E     |  B  |
   But you don't real-ly care for mus-ic do you
            E                     A          B          C#m              A
   Well it goes like this___The fourth the fifth___ The min-or fall the maj-or lift
        B                G#             C#m
   The baff-led king com-pos-ing Hal-le-lu-jah

                   A                      C#m
Chorus: Hal - le - lu - jah___ Hal - le - lu - jah
                   A                      E    B    E  | C#m  | E  | C#m  |
        Hal - le - lu - jah___ Hal - le - lu - u - jah

               E                      C#m                  E             C#m
2. Well your faith was strong but you need-ed proof___You saw her bathing on the roof
        A               B                 E      |  B  |
   Her beau-ty and the moon-light o-ver-threw you
             E               A         B       C#m                   A
   Well she tied you to her kit-chen chair___ Broke your throne and cut your hair
        B                  G#         C#m
   And from your lips she drew Hal-le-lu-jah

                    A                       C#m
Chorus: (Hal - le - lu - jah)___ Hal - le - lu - jah
                    A                      E    B    E  | C#m  | E  | C#m  |
         Hal - le - lu - jah___ Hal - le - lu - u - jah

   E               C#m                   E                   C#m
3. Ba-by I’ve been here be-fore___ I’ve seen this room I've walked this floor
      A              B             E      |  B  |
   I used to live a-lone before I knew you
          E                     A     B           C#m            A  
   But I saw your flag on the marble arch___  Our love is not a vict’-ry march
           B              G#             C#m
   It's a cold and it's a bro-ken Hal-le-lu-jah

                   A                      C#m
Chorus: Hal - le - lu - jah___ Hal - le - lu - jah
                   A                      E    B    E  | C#m  | E  | C#m  |
        Hal - le - lu - jah___ Hal - le - lu - u - jah

        |       E       |       C#m       |       E       |       C#m       |

    E               C#m                E               C#m  
4. May-be there’s a God a-bove___ But all I’ve ev-er learned from love
        A                B              E      |  B  |
   Was how to shoot some-bo-dy who out-drew you
         E                  A       B            C#m                 A
   It’s not a cry that you hear at night___ It’s not some-one who’s seen the light
           B              G#             C#m
   It's a cold and it's a bro-ken Hal-le-lu-jah

                   A                      C#m  
Chorus: Hal - le - lu - jah___ Hal - le - lu - jah
                   A                      E    B    E  | C#m | E  | C#m  |
        Hal - le - lu - jah___ Hal - le - lu - u - jah

        |       B       |      G#      |      C#m      |      C#m      |

                    A                  C#m
Chorus: (Hal - le - lu - jah)___ Hal - le - lu - jah
                    A                       E         B
         Hal - le - lu - ja  ___ Hal - le - lu - u - jah


       ... A  | A  |  C#m     |  C#m  |            A        |  A  |  E  |  B  |
Chorus: Hal  -   le - lu - jah____      Hal - le - lu - jah____

                   E   |   C#m   |   E   |   C#m   |   E   |   C#m  |   E   |
        Hal - le - lu................................................. jah

E Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
          E                C#m                B                 B                G#                 A
  e |---|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |---|---|---|
  B |---|---|---|   B |-1-|-2-|---|   B |-1-|---|-4-|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|-3-|---|
  G |-1-|---|---|   G |-1-|---|-4-|   G |-1-|---|-3-|   G |-1-|-2-|---|   G |-1-|-2-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|
  D |---|-3-|---|   D |-1-|---|-3-|   D |-1-|---|-2-|   D |-1-|---|-4-|   D |-1-|---|-4-|   D |---|-1-|---|
  A |---|-2-|---|   A |-1-|---|---|   A |-1-|---|---|   A |-1-|---|-3-|   A |-1-|---|-3-|   A |---|---|---|
  E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |-1-|---|---|   E |-1-|---|---|   E |---|---|---|x
Frets 1   2   3         4   5   6         2   3   4         7   8   9         4   5   6         1   2   3 

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
       E                C#m                B                 B                G#                 A
 |---|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|---| e
 |---|---|---| B   |---|-2-|-1-| B   |-4-|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|-3-|---| B
 |---|---|-1-| G   |-4-|---|-1-| G   |-3-|---|-1-| G   |---|-2-|-1-| G   |---|-2-|-1-| G   |---|-2-|---| G
 |---|-3-|---| D   |-3-|---|-1-| D   |-2-|---|-1-| D   |-4-|---|-1-| D   |-3-|---|-1-| D   |---|-1-|---| D
 |---|-2-|---| A   |---|---|-1-| A   |---|---|-1-| A   |-3-|---|-1-| A   |-4-|---|-1-| A   |---|---|---| A
 |---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|-1-| E   |---|---|-1-| E  x|---|---|---| E
   3   2   1         6   5   4         4   3   2         9   8   7         6   5   4         3   2   1 Frets

Notes

  • Beginners: If you use a capo as described below, the song becomes very easy to play.
  • Song Key: E Major ( 4 sharps - F# C# G# D#) - The original key by Leonard Cohen was C Major.
  • 6/8 time: 6 eighth-note/quaver beats per bar... | 1 2 3 4 5 6 | or | 1& 2& 3& 4& 5& 6& |
  • If you are using a metronome or electronic timing device there are a couple of choices:

    60 bpm (♩.) - Each beat will sound on every dotted quarter-note (= 3 eighth-notes) ...it will look something like this 1 2 3 4 5 6. This is recommended with each beat sounding on the 1st and 4th beats of each bar.

    180 bpm (♪) - Each beat will sound on every eighth-note... 1 2 3 4 5 6 - can be off-putting with the possibility of the metronome flying out the window at this pace, with each click sounding on every beat of each bar.
  • Wherever you see a bracketed Hallelujah on the song sheet, i.e., (Hal - le - lu - jah), K.D. is not singing but the words are implied along with the chords... keeps everything running smoothly.
  • Note that some of the verses used in K D Lang's version are not part of the original lyrics as many verses have been added since then. Apparently there are 15 verses to the song.
  • If you are a beginner and want to play along with this video, you will need to use a capo on the 4th fret and play in the key of C Major which is the original key of the song. Use the 'Free Service' below to view and obtain the song sheet in the key of C. The transposition is as follows:
  • Chords:
  • E
  • C#m
  • B
  • A
  • G#
  • Capo: 4th fret
  • C
  • Am
  • G
  • G
  • E
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