Hallelujah chords and lyrics

by K D Lang

Hallelujah chords & song details... Lyrics
Key Signature: E Major    Time Signature: 6/8 Tempo: 60 bpm (♩.)
Written Chords - (B) represents Barre Chord Chords: E, C#m, B, G#, A
E: 022100   A: x02220 C#m: 446654 / x46654 (B)
B: xx4442 B: 224442 / x24442 (B) G#: xx1114 OR 466544 (B)
You have to respect your audience. Without them,
you're essentially standing alone, singing to yourself
... K D Lang

Song Chart

Please see below for song 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 Hall-e-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 Hall-e-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 Hall-e-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 Hall-e-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   |
        Hall - e - lu................................................. jah

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Free Music Service Button For all key transpositions including optional chord charts, highlight & copy the song sheet above and click on the button. (You may want to read the following prior to using the service).
  • 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#)
  • 6/8 time: 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.
  • Standard chord progression for E Major: E - F#m - G#m - A - B - C#m - D#dim

    We add the standard chord progression for this key so you can see how the chords are used in the song. Note the use of a G# instead of the G#m. While not in the standard progression, it is a 'usable' chord, and works very well here... sounds very dramatic.
  • 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' above 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 F E
  • 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.
Leonard Cohen
Photo: Courtesy of Julia Nicolle

Hallelujah Lyrics

- Original version by Leonard Cohen -

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 this the 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 you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the 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


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 though it all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah





K D Lang & Leonard Cohen:

K. D. Lang

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.

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.

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

Song: Hallelujah

Writer: Leonard Cohen (Original key of C Major)

Recorded: June 1984

Released: December 1984

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