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Hallelujah Chords w/ Tab and Lyrics – Jeff Buckley Version

May 2, 2013 by  



Halleluja Chords Jeff Buckley

Hallelujah Chords The Easy Way

This is a magnificent song off Buckley’s debut 1994 “Grace” album. The original was by Leonard Cohen. However, we transcribed ‘Hallelujah‘ from Jeff Buckley’s version.

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The Leonard Coen hallelujah has had a slight resurgence in the last few years with over 100 cover versions performed by such artists such as Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, Rufus Wainwright, and Bono just to name but a few.

As for which version of the song is better, well, I guess we’ll leave that up for you to decide. But for this latest resurgence of a 24 year old work, it must be the Cohen Hallelujah. After been swindled out of millions by his manager he’ll certainly appreciate the paycheck. To that, I’m sure he’ll say… “hallelujah“.

The following tab is similar to the first tab of this song but there are some changes and I’ve included all chords, guitar tabs, and the lyrics. See below. Just print the imaged tab.

by Leonard Cohen, as performed by Jeff Buckley

Hallelujah Chords

**Standard tuning, Capo at the 5th fret.

Intro:  / G – - – - – / Em7 – - – - – / x2

hallelujah tab and lyrics for guitar G                      Em7                     G                           Em7

Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord that David played and it pleased the Lord,

C (1½)                       D (½)  G         D      G                         C (½)     D (½)

But you don’t really care for music, do you?   It goes like this: the fourth, the fifth

Em                   C                  D                      B7            Em7 (2)

The minor fall, the major lift, the baffled king composing Hallelujah!

Chorus:

C (2) Em (2) C (2) G  D  G   Em7   G  Em7

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelu-u-jah!

G                                  Em7                      G                      Em7

Your faith was strong but you needed proof. You saw her bathing on the roof;

C (1½)                          D (½) G         D            G                 C (½)      D (½)

Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you. But she tied you to a kitchen chair

Em                              C                          D                        B7                Em7 (2)

She broke your throne, she cut your hair, and from your lips she drew the Hallelujah! (Chorus)

G                    Em7                G                      Em7

You say I took the name in vain; But I don’t even know the name.

C (1½)                       D (½) G       D                G                   C (½)  D (½)

But if I did, well, really, what’s it to you? There’s a blaze of light in every word;

Em                   C                              D                B7            Em7 (2)

It doesn’t matter which you heard; The holy, or the broken Hallelujah!  (Chorus)

G                     Em7                G                             Em7

Baby, I’ve been here before. I know this room, I’ve walked this floor.

C (1½)                     D (½) G         D       G                                C (½) D (½)

I used to live alone before I knew you. I’ve seen your flag on the marble   arch,

Em              C                            D                     B7           Em7 (2)

Love is not a victory march. It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah!  (Chorus)

G                   Em7           G                            Em7

There was a time you let me know What’s really going on below

C (1½)                     D (½)  G         D      G                       C (½)     D (½)

But now you never show it to me, do you? I remember when I moved in you,

Em                   C                       D                         B7              Em7 (2)

And the holy dove was moving, too. And every breath we drew was Hallelujah!  (Chorus)

G                    Em7               G             Em7

Now maybe there’s a God above But all I ever learn from love

C (1½)                                  D (½)  G         D           G                           C (½) D (½)

Is how to shoot at somebody who   outdrew you. And it’s not a cry that you hear at night,

Em                           C                           D                   B7           Em7 (2)

It’s not somebody who’s seen the light, it’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah!  (Chorus)

Chorus:

C (2) Em (2) C (2) G  D

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelu-u-

C (2) Em (2) C (2) G  D

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelu-u-

C (2) Em (2) C (2) G  D  G (hold)

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelu-u-jah!

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