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Old Nov 12, '10, 5:38 pm
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Default Is the song "Hallelujah" anti-religious?

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


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Edit: Just in case this isn't clear, I'm talking about the Rufus Wainright/Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley song "Hallelujah."
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Old Nov 12, '10, 6:08 pm
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Default Re: Is the song "Hallelujah" anti-religious?

I don't think this was ever intended to be a Christian song really. Which isn't to say that it isn't a great song - I love the K.D. Lang version myself - but I can't see it as being appropriate for church. It's great with a glass of red wine on a cold night when you're feeling thoughtful, or maybe after you've been dumped.

Non-religious and anti-religious are not the same thing. It's a song about someone's experience of life.
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Old Nov 12, '10, 6:10 pm
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Default Re: Is the song "Hallelujah" anti-religious?

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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


Thoughts?

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.
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Old Nov 12, '10, 6:16 pm
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Default Re: Is the song "Hallelujah" anti-religious?

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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


Thoughts?

Edit: Just in case this isn't clear, I'm talking about the Rufus Wainright/Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley song "Hallelujah."
What kind of Christian settings are you talking about? I hope it wasn't at a mass!
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Old Nov 12, '10, 6:36 pm
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Default Re: Is the song "Hallelujah" anti-religious?

Here are some facts about this song.

I really like this song. The melody is lovely. I would never sing it in church. As it clearly NOW has had too many interpretations that make it inappropriate...

Here is Justin Timberlakes version.
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Old Nov 13, '10, 10:16 am
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I am not crazy about that version. Here is K.D's. Her fashion choices are somewhat questionable, but the voice is perfect.
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Old Nov 13, '10, 1:53 pm
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KD's is beautiful! Il Divo But my fave from these guys is Amazing Grace.... Chills!
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