Cover vs. Original

Hallelujah


Buckley's stripped-down version sounds more sincere & graceful. Cohen's original seems less elegant & his spoken/sung lyrics sound almost tongue-in-cheek. Just my opinion. They're both great versions of a masterfully written song.

- Matt, New York, NY, United States, 13.11.2005


Jeff Buckley
1994

vs.

Leonard Cohen
1985

CD-Cover: Jeff Buckley - Grace 64.5 % 35.5 % CD-Cover: Leonard Cohen - Various Positions
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
Click on the cover for listening Click on the cover for listening
Jeff Buckley 3667 Votes Leonard Cohen

Comments about Hallelujah:

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How can you dis such a brilliant wordsmith? So Leonard Cohen is a poet first and a singer second...Without his song, Jeff Buckley would have had nothing to work with. Bob Dylan's a similar artist, whose songs seem to take on more dimension sung by others. Either way, let's remember to give props to the poet.
- Kris, Portland, ME, United States, 14.08.2006
At least Buckley had the decency to off himself- Cohen runs rings around him.
- Zatz, Palookaville, United States, 14.02.2006
He didn't kill himself. Besides Jeff Buckley version blows Leonard's away, although I do like Cohen's songs. Jeff Buckley had an amazing singing voice of 4 octaves

A recent statement from the Buckley estate insists, "Jeff Buckley's death was not "mysterious", related to drugs, alcohol, or suicide. We have a police report, a medical examiner's report, and an eye witness to prove that it was an accidental drowning, and that Mr. Buckley was in a good frame of mind prior to the accident."
- Zeromancer, SC, United States, 08.08.2006
ahh i dont get it
when i first heard leonard cohen singing this
i thought it was a joke
no offence
jeff rips up and actually sings it gosh

- sarah, syd, Australia, 02.07.2006
I have the biggest respect for Lenny,
but the Jeff version is deeper.
so much deeper
- R V B, City of Love, Italy, 15.03.2006
At least Buckley had the decency to off himself- Cohen runs rings around him.
- Zatz, Palookaville, United States, 14.02.2006
Can Leonard Cohen's croaks be considered singing?
- Rex Chickeneater, Kisumu, Other - Africa, 30.01.2006
I went with Buckley's version. His vocal ability was more apt for this song, in my humble opinion. The two versions contrast each other like Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower." Its great whether its Dylan's acoustic version or Hendrix's aggressive/eclectic verions. It just fits Hendrix's style better. Same thing with Buckley and "Hallelujah."
- Dan, PA, United States, 18.01.2006
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