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Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course. Log in or Sign up. In your religious or secular life, you may have at one time used the word, 'alleluia' , but did you know that it originated from a much older word: hallelujah or halleluyah? Hallelujah is an ancient sacred Hebrew word comprised of two smaller units. The first part, hallel , means 'praise'. In the Old Testament, Psalms are sometimes referred to collectively as the 'Hymn of Praise' and repeatedly call upon the reader to praise God. The 'jah' or 'yah' is an abbreviation for Yahweh , the name of God. When we combine both parts of the word, we see that hallelujah means 'Praise the Lord'. When the Psalms and other older scriptures were translated into Greek sometime during the third century B. This newer spelling was also carried over into later Latin translations.
Achieving little initial success, the song found greater popular acclaim through a recording by John Cale , which inspired a recording by Jeff Buckley. It has been viewed as a "baseline" for secular hymns. Following its increased popularity after being featured in the film Shrek ,   many other arrangements have been performed in recordings and in concert, with over versions known. Written in the key of C major , the chord progression matches lyrics from the song: "goes like this, the fourth , the fifth , the minor fall , and the major lift": C, F, G, A minor, F. Cohen wrote around 80 draft verses for "Hallelujah", with one writing session at the Royalton Hotel in New York where he was reduced to sitting on the floor in his underwear, banging his head on the floor. Following his original studio-album version, Cohen performed the original song on his world tour in , but live performances during his and tours almost invariably contained a quite different set of lyrics. Numerous singers mix lyrics from both versions, and occasionally make direct lyric changes; for example, in place of Cohen's "holy dove", Canadian-American singer Rufus Wainwright substituted "holy dark", while Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe sang "holy ghost".
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