How well do you know Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah? I have to admit straight off that I really think of this as the Shrek song.
There’s a BBC test, based on there being (at least) two top twenty Christmas number one contenders singing the same song.
Leonard Cohen’s ironic and mournful Leonard Coheniness seems to have been completely obliterated in the current overblown version by the winner of a some TV Pop-Idol-Celebrity-X-factor or whatever contest. (I think that I’ve given you a clue to the last question there.) It’s now rapidly becoming an item of Christian pomp-rock. Maybe it’ll soon fit into the Exterminator’s mother’s collection of Christmas songs written by Jews.
I’ll let you go to try the test now. “Do you know your Hallelujahs?”