Originally Posted by EphelDuath
I've heard this song performed in Christian settings before, but this one lyric in particular seems to be troublesome:
Maybe there's a God above
But all I ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
Edit: Just in case this isn't clear, I'm talking about the Rufus Wainright/Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley song "Hallelujah."
I'm a huge fan of that song - particularly as performed by k.d. lang. I've always understood the verse you cite as relating to a human relationship, not one with God. Admittedly, a number of the lyrics are enigmatic. To more directly respond to your question, perhaps you're unfamiliar with the (rarely performed) last verse of the song:
"I did my best, it wasn't much.
I couldn't feel, so I learned to touch.
I've told the truth, I didn't come all this way to fool ya.
Yeah even though it all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah."
I regret that this verse isn't typically heard as the conclusion. No, I don't think "Hallelujah" is anti-religious at all. Actually, I think some of the wording could inspire some interesting homilies.