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YouTube now has four sung versions of my reworked lyrics to Leonard Cohen’s great melody “Hallelujah.” (We posted the first two on New Year’s Day). 

The two new ones are by John-Mark Sheppard playing the kora, a 21-string African harp, and Mike Pueschell on the electric guitar.

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Four guys, four distinct sounds. Excellent—and I’m looking forward to hearing a female singer. This is fun. Thank you. 

If you want to see my lyrics, read my column from the Dec. 29 issue of WORLD. But the other news, at least to me, is that one singer and one band have also recorded other new words to the tune.

My thanks to the reader who let me know that Lincoln Brewster in 2005 wrote a praise song called “Another Hallelujah” and included it on his album All to You Live.

It has two stanzas: 

I love you Lord with all my heart
You’ve given me a brand new start
And I just want to sing this song to You
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
My heart and soul are praising
Hallelujah

I know that You’re the God above
You’re filling me with grace and love
And I just want to say thank you to You
You pulled me from the miry clay
You’ve given me a brand new day
Now all that I can say is 
Hallelujah 

Also, two readers told me that the band Cloverton late last year came out with a nativity-focused rendition on its album A Hallelujah Christmas.

Here are the lyrics: 

I’ve heard about this baby boy
Who’s come to earth to bring us joy
And I just want to sing this song to you
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
With every breath I’m singing Hallelujah
Hallelujah 

A couple came to Bethlehem
Expecting child, they searched the inn
To find a place for You were coming soon
There was no room for them to stay
So in a manger filled with hay
God’s only Son was born, oh Hallelujah
Hallelujah 

The shepherds left their flocks by night
To see this baby wrapped in light
A host of angels led them all to You
It was just as the angels said
You’ll find Him in a manger bed
Immanuel and Savior, Hallelujah
Hallelujah 

A star shown bright up in the east
To Bethlehem, the wisemen three
Came many miles and journeyed long for You
And to the place at which You were
Their frankincense and gold and myrrh
They gave to You and cried out Hallelujah
Hallelujah 

I know You came to rescue me
This baby boy would grow to be
A man and one day die for me and you
My sins would drive the nails in You
That rugged cross was my cross, too
Still every breath You drew was Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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