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Hallelujah
Written by Leonard Cohen

Chords used:
C:  x32010
Am: x02210
F:  133211 or xx3211
G:  320033 or 355433
E7: 020100 or 022130

INTRO
C Am C Am

          C                 Am
Well I've heard there was a secreat chord,
     C                   Am
That David played and it pleased the Lord,
    F                         G      C       G
But you don't really care for music, do ya?
   C                   F        G
It goes like this, the 4th, the 5th,
    Am                 F
The minor fall and the major lift,
    G               E7          Am
The baffled king composing hallelujah,
     F           Am          F           C   G   C
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu------jah

Am C Am

     C                        Am
Your faith was strong but you needed proof,
    C               Am
You saw her bathing on the roof,
    F                        G    C          G
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya,
    C              F            G
She tied yo to her kitchen chair,
    Am                        F
She broke your throne and she cut your hair,
    G                  E7            Am
And from your lips she drew the hallelujah,
     F           Am          F           C   G   C
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu------jah

Am C Am

     C              Am
Well baby I've been here before,
  C                       Am
I know this room and I've walked this floor,
  F                     G     C         G
I used to live alone before I knew ya.
         C                     F      G
And I've seen your flag on the marble arch,
    Am            F
And love is not a victory march,
       G               E7          Am
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah,
     F           Am          F           C   G   C
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu------jah

Am C Am

      C                   Am
There was a time when you let me know,
       C            Am
What's really going on below,
    F                     G     C       G
But now you never show it to me do ya.
     C               F        G
Well remember when I moved in you,
        Am            F
And the holy dove was moving too,
    G               E7            Am
And every breath we drew was hallelujah,
     F           Am          F           C   G   C
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu------jah

Am C Am

C                Am
Maybe there is a God above,
    C          Am
But all I ever learned from love,
    F                       G       C       G
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew ya.
         C                 F        G
And it's not a cry you can hear and night,
     Am                 F
It's not somebody who's seen the light,
       G               E7          Am
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah,
     F           Am          F           C   G 
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu-jah

     F           Am          F           C   G   C
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu------jah

**********************************************
That's it.  But I've heard a cool version of the song by Jeff Buckley
where it is just him and an electric guitar and it goes something like this.
It isn't perfect by far because he has a nice long intro, a little bit of
a solo, and a lot of cool licks in it, but this is the basic idea.

You need a capo on the 5th fret and everything is written relative to the capo.

      G             Em            G             Em
E---|-------3-----|-------3-----|-------3-----|-------3----|
B---|-------3-----|-------3-----|-------3-----|-------3----|
D---|-----0---0---|-----0---0---|-----0---0---|-----0---0--|
G---|---0---------|---2---------|---0---------|---2--------|
A---|-------------|-------------|-------------|------------|
E---|-3---------2-|-0---------2-|-3---------2-|-0---------2|

                                                     -----I

      G             Em            G             Em
E---|-------3-----|-------3-----|-------3-----|-------3-----|
B---|-------3-----|-------3-----|-------3-----|-------3-----|
D---|-----0---0---|-----0---0---|-----0---0---|-----0---0---|
G---|---0---------|---2---------|---0---------|---2-------2-|
A---|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
E---|-3---------2-|-0---------2-|-3---------2-|-0-----------|

      Heard----     Secret---     David---      Pleased---

      C                   D       G             D     *------------>Hammer and
E---|-------0-----|-0-----2-----|-------3-----|-2-----232----|      Pull off quickly
B---|-------1-----|-1-----3-----|-------3-----|---3------3---|
D---|-----0---0---|---0-=---2---|-----0---0---|-----2------2-|
G---|---2-------2-|-----2-0---0-|---0-------0-|-0------------|
A---|-3-----------|-------------|-------------|--------------|
E---|-------------|-------------|-3-----------|--------------|

      You don't--   care--        do ya?

      G             C     D       Em            C
E---|-------3-----|-0-----2-----|-0-----0-----|-0-----0-----|
B---|-------3-----|-1-------3---|-0-----0-----|-1-----1-----|
D---|-----0---0---|---0-------2-|---0-----0---|---0-----0---|
G---|---0-------0-|-----2-0-----|-----2-----2-|-----2-----2-|
A---|-------------|-3-----------|-------------|-3-----------|
E---|-3-----------|-------------|-0-----------|-------------|

   It Goes---       4th-  5th--   minor--       major---

      D             B7            Em            Em
E---|-2-----2-----|-2-----2-----|-3-----3-----|-3-----------|
B---|---3-----3---|-0-----0-----|-3-----3-----|-3-----------|
D---|-----2-----2-|---2-----2---|---0-----0---|-------------|
G---|-0-----------|-----1-----1-|-----2-----2-|-----------0-|
A---|-------------|-2-----------|-------------|---------2---|
E---|-------------|-------------|-0-----------|-0-----------|

  the baffled---   -posing--    --lujah                Ha-le

      C                           Em
E---|-0-----0-----|-0-----------|-0-----0-----|-0-----------|
B---|-1-----1-----|-1-----------|-0-----0-----|-0-----------|
D---|---0-----0---|---0-=-------|---0-----0---|---0---------|
G---|-----2-----2-|-----2---2-0-|-----2-----2-|-----2-----0-|
A---|-3-----------|-------------|-2-----------|---------2---|
E---|-------------|-------------|-------------|-0-----------|

      Lu--  Jah            Ha Le  lu    Jah            Ha le

      C                           G             D     *
E---|-0-----0-----|-0-----------|-------3-----|-2-----232----|
B---|-1-----1-----|-1-----------|-------3-----|---3------3---|
D---|---0-----0---|---0-=-------|-----0---0---|-----2------2-|
G---|-----2-----2-|-----2---2-0-|---0-------0-|-0------------|
A---|-3-----------|-------------|-------------|--------------|
E---|-------------|-------------|-3-----------|--------------|

     Lu     Jah            Ha le  lu--

      G             Em            G             Em
E---|-------3-----|-------3-----|-------3-----|-------3-----|
B---|-------3-----|-------3-----|-------3-----|-------3-----|
D---|-----0---0---|-----0---0---|-----0---0---|-----0---0---|
G---|---0---------|---2---------|---0---------|---2---------|
A---|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
E---|-3---------2-|-0---------2-|-3---------2-|-0---------2-|

      jah!

Repeat

This version by Jeff Buckley is awsome!!  I've wanted to learn this song since I
heard it on Shrek and when I found it on his old CD "Grace" that I bought in a
bargain bin a long time ago but just never listened to, I was estatic.  It's just 
a solo of him and an electric guitar and it is so cool!

Hope you enjoy it and I know it ain't even near perfect but you can play with it.
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CHIRIO wrote on July 20 2002, 12:00 am

These are the right chords but if u look at the way Jeff plays it on live in Chicago, he uses a capo on the fifth fret. So then u use the chords structures of G Em7 C D B7
to sound like C Am7 F G E7
Just to give it that real Jeff Buckley quality.
The intro goes sorta like this
e---0-0-0-----
-0-3-----3-0-0
----3-3-------THEN REPEAT THAT
-----------2-2
--------------
e-------------
Cadd 9/G
e----------------------3
---------0-0-----------3
-0--0----0-0-----------0
--2--2--2---2-2-2-2----2
---2--2-3---2-3-2-0----3
e----------------------3

Apart from that just pluck randomly and it'll sound impressive.

CHIRIO

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pokescab wrote on June 21 2004, 12:00 am

yea, secreat

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el_jedo wrote on July 19 2006, 01:19 am

Great tab bro. Its god to see one thats not as complicted as all the rest, and broken into measures for a newbie like myself! haha. 5 stars for sure!

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