Jay Bookman

Opinion columnist and blogger with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in foreign relations, environmental and technology-related issues

Nothing much left to say but ... hallelujah


Given this historic week, a week in which we also lost the great Leonard Cohen at age 82, this seemed the only possible choice. His "Hallelujah" is a fragile masterpiece that when overproduced can be pushed into cheesiness, so I went looking for the most stripped-down version I could find. This is it:

Cohen reportedly wrote some 80 different verses to the song before paring it down to a relative handful. One of my favorites isn't included in the version above, but it was in Cohen's original.

"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 ya

And even though

It all went wrong

I'll stand before the Lord of Song

With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah"


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Jay Bookman writes about government and politics, with an occasional foray into other aspects of life as time, space and opportunity allow.