A Sad Song

5 January 2004

The third season finale of The West Wing was called Posse Comitatus. It was one of the best and most complex episodes to date. During the final moments of the show, dialog was largely suspended as various scenes played to a piece of music called ”Hallelujah.” At Tower Records I found Jeff Buckley’s CD with that song on it. In one of the great exceptions to frequent misfortunes, the CD was ”value-priced” at $7.00. It is a rare find when something one wants to own or have happen comes through and at a true bargain!

Here are the lyrics:

by Leonard Cohen & performed by Jeff Buckley

Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this: the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing hallelujah


Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to her kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Well baby, Ive been here before
I know this room and Ive walked this floor
You know, I used to live alone before I knew you
And Ive seen your flag on the marble arch
And love is not a victory march
Its a cold and its a broken hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Well There was a time when you let me know
Whats really going on below
But now you never show that to me, do you?
But remember when I moved in you
And the holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew is Hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Maybe there is a God above
But all Ive ever learned from love
Was how to shoot someone who outdrew you
And its not a cry that you hear at night
Its not somebody whos seen the light
Its a cold and its a broken hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

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