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From Moscow, The Most Insufferable 'Hallelujah' Cover Yet.

I spent the last four years of my life writing a book about Leonard Cohen. When you devote so much of your time, emotional reserves, and intellectual energy to one artist, you really get to ponder the meaning of their work, which, in my case, meant focusing intensely on Cohen's best-known song, "Hallelujah." I interviewed the song's producer at length, compared it to Jeff Buckley's better known rendition, and parsed its lyrics. And while I have a lot to say about the song in my book, I don't claim to have arrived at any definitive understanding of this masterpiece.

I'll tell you one thing, though: I know for certain what it's absolutely not about. It's absolutely not about Russian oligarchs singing it for three hours straight in an effort to break the Guinness World Record for longest song ever released.

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Author:Leibovitz, Liel
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Date:Jun 26, 2014
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