“Hallelujah” — Rufus Wainwright/k.d. lang

5 04 2011

As much as I want to repost “Sweet Surrender” because it’s the song for me at the moment, I know I probably shouldn’t.  I’ve been practicing “Hallelujah” for a fundraiser that I’ll be performing next week on Wednesday, which I’m slightly nervous about because I’ve never sang it before in public and I only remember 2 and a half of the 5 verses.  I do have the sheet for it though, and I’ve always really liked the song.  Like most people, I had only heard either the Jeff Buckley version or the Rufus Wainwright version, both made popular by Shrek.

I realize it seems like I’m only posting covers done by queer people but quite frankly I think Jeff Buckley gets enough attention with his rendition (and Rufus too, although to a lesser extent).  After the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, I saw and heard k.d. lang’s version and thought it was pretty darn fantastic so I’m posting it here too.

My pen pal in Australia told me once that “Hallelujah” is one of those songs that always makes him cry when he hears it, and for me, it’s one of those… truly sad — and strangely happy at the same time — songs written in a major key that makes it all the more sad.  One of the things I learned after listening to some sad songs in my life is that I’ve found sad songs are even sadder in a major key.  I’m not sure why, but it’s almost like it makes the pain all the more real and stronger.

Here are two live versions of the song.  Now excuse me while I crawl into bed and weep.