Leonard Cohen At The Twitter End: Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen At The Twitter End are  posts authored by  Helen Ketcham featuring tweets that offer a unique window into the ways that Leonard Cohen’s work has been woven into the lives of his fans.

The baffled Twitterer retweeting #Hallelujah

It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
And so on, up to a maximum of 140 characters1

Hallelujah! The Hollywood Reporter called it Leonard Cohen’s incomparable, ubiquitous anthem” and while some of Mr. Cohen’s fans might quibble with the descriptors (one could argue that “Hallelujah,” far from being incomparable, can quite reasonably be compared, for example, to his admittedly-less-ubiquitous anthem, “Anthem”), no one can deny that the song is very much loved.

  • Suddenly found myself in a piano practice room for the first time in ages. Spent a full hour singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.
  • Back in L.A. Taxi driver blasting Leonard Cohen’s HALLELUJAH and singing along. It’s going to be good and probably silly day.
  • I take it back, just discovered Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah! And apparently the Israeli DF play it at 2am every Saturday night.

Of course, any worldwide cultural phenomenon inevitably brings out the demythologizers…

  • Pretty sure that “secret” chord in Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is just replacing the Em/E with an E7. YOU’RE WELCOME. #secretsout

The humorists come out too.

  • If you replace hallelujah with ‘ave a banana’ it really brightens up that old Leonard Cohen song.
  • This chipmunks cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah is beautiful and haunting considering right after it was recorded Simon drowned

The accidental humorists:

  • My dad’s talking to my mom about Leonard Cohen. He said, “I like that song Honolulu.”

And we can’t forget the pranksters.

  • que tus “amigos” pongan Hallelujah de LEONARD COHEN, cuando vallas al fin a follar. QUE GRANDES PANAS TIENES BROTHER

that thing where your “friends” play Hallelujah by  LEONARD COHEN, when you’re finally going to f–k. WHAT GREAT BUDDIES YOU HAVE BROTHER

As Mr. Cohen once said, “I’ve always held the song in high regard because songs have got me through so many sinks of dishes and so many humiliating courting events.”

Somehow, in spite of it all, the song retains its power:

  • El día que Hallelujah de Leonard Cohen o en cualquiera de sus versiones no me enchine la piel, sabré que he muerto por dentro

The day that Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen or any of its covers doesn’t give me goosebumps, I’ll know that I’ve died inside.

But this mention of covers brings us to the inescapable fact that “Hallelujah” is more often heard in cover versions than sung by its composer. And feelings about cover versions run strong.

  • I violently hate every cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah with the rage of the righteous against the blasphemer.
  • In Germany, they have laws about who can sing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
  • Hell is other people. Particularly 14 year olds butchering Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah at the bus stop #busstoptweets
  • Dear Leonard Cohen, pls allow me avenge the travesty that is the “dance” version of Hallelujah playing in H&M right now.

Apparently it’s not just a travesty, it’s an intercontinental travesty.

  • La versión pachanguera de Hallelujah de Leonard Cohen que ponen en el gimnasio hace sangrar a mis pobres oídos.

The dance version of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen that they play at the gym makes my poor ears bleed.

There’s also the festive, holiday travesty.

  • I think Starbucks is currently playing a Christmas rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” I am a million kinds of not okay with this.

Altogether, it’s understandable whenever someone says “Enough, already!”

  • I like Leonard Cohen just fine, but for 2-3 years am burned out on “Hallelujah” being the National Anthem of Sadness.

These two young women would also like to see a partial moratorium on the song. And yet…



–no only Alexandra

–He wrote it and when I watched him sing it, the winds rose like God was talking. He gets to sing it.


  • somebody told me it took Leonard Cohen 5 years to write hallelujah. It was worth every second.


  1. Please don’t blame Helen for these four lines, which are my own attempt to muster together enough Twitter terms to approximate humor. The remainder of the post is Helen’s work.  DrHGuy []

One response to “Leonard Cohen At The Twitter End: Hallelujah

  1. Helen the Hilarious, keep on making us giggle.