It would certainly make sense to honor Leonard Cohen as a Canadian icon, but he did not perform. I've been haunted by this ever since I first heard it on The West Wing. I saw him sing it live on the American Idols tour..I was just floored. It was so intense and emotional and you can feel all the desperation of someone questioning God in his voice.
I later heard it on Criminal Minds and am now looking for the version that was used on C. I'm pretty sure it was one of Jeff Buckley's versions. Sings it with such gravity and sadness, it's almost Gothic. And with all of those people there, just everyone singing along, it was just purely amazing. It has been used on the medical comedy Scrubs and the medical drama House.
starting from the beginning, "I heard there was a secret chord that David played and it pleased the Lord." David wrote most of the psalms. The next line is written to all who have no faith, and don't believe in the bible, let alone David. Despite knowing God, he still was willfully disobedient. It makes sense that he's referencing Samson, until the line "she broke your throne." Samson was a judge, not a king. Remember, though, this song was written by a person, and is not perfectly Biblical. We will go out of our way if we think it will make a girl like us.
His falling short of God's expectations peaks at this point, and for the rest of his life, he has to live with what he's done - despite God forgiving him. However, there is a chance that the verse is split to make a point about women in the Bible. The last verse is a picture of David and other men in the Bible who continue to sin. There's an entire study of this, but, this comment is long enough. I love the song, not matter what lyrics are used, the music is beautifully written.
As a Canadian, Leonard Cohen is the one who popularized his own song clearly before anyone thought to cover it.
And most Canadians think of KD Lang's version as the cover of note.
You need a whole choir and orchestra to make it a little more interesting.
If I were to pick the best version it would be that sung by Espen Lind, Askil Holm, Alejandro Fuentes, Kurt Nilsen.
Clever lyrical wordsmithing that has multiple meanings.
its powerful, yet wonderfully simple, lyrics and melody literally strike such a fundamental, almost visceral, chord within people that it compels many to offer up their own thoughts about its meaning and attendant emotions.
Since they're personal, all of these interpretations are valid, and none should be denigrated or confronted as being wrong.
My point, however, is that there are many, many songs that Jeff WROTE AND PERFORMED that blew this one out of the water. So,he really DID set a double entendre into the lyrics. Seuss" with background noise) and Hip Hop or Pop music (anyone who can write poetry, sing,and owns a Casio) I rarely experience any good new music.
If you want to know all about this song,..check the Wikipedia on it. :-) youtube you will find him under keltonfrenchmusictell him what you think and subscribe for more surprises in the future. Jason Castro- it was such a wonderful performance of it. I believe that if you cannot read/write music, or play an instrument you have no right to consider yourself a musician.