12 days of Christmas 2021: day 5

Day and month five and we have a beach scene from our day trip to Saint Raphael.

Today I’ve chosen Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley – enjoy!

Arguably Buckley’s most famous work, this was originally written and recorded by Leonard Cohen in 1984 on his album Various Positions. Cohen’s rendition was released as a single in Spain and the Netherlands, but got little attention in the United States.

Jeff Buckley heard the song in the early ’90s and began performing it at his shows in and around New York City. He included it on his 1994 debut album Grace, but the song didn’t gain widespread attention until after his death in 1997, which sparked renewed interest in his work. Many artists took note and recorded their own versions of the song.

The song is about a love that has soured and gone stale. Cohen used a lot of religious imagery, including references to some of the more notorious women in the bible (all of whom are popular figures in songs).

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