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Susan Boyle's Spellbinding Cover of "Hallelujah" Is a Total Revelation

The Britain's Got Talent alum's take on the Leonard Cohen classic is something you need to hear. 

By Christopher Rosa

There really isn't a song that Susan Boyle can't knock out of the park. 

How to Watch

Watch the Season 19 premiere of America’s Got Talent Tuesday, May 28 at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock

The Britain's Got Talent alum made her mark in 2009 auditioning for the show with "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les MisérablesHowever, in the years that have followed, we've seen her tackle everything from Madonna to Tina Turner and nail it every single time. 

That said, sentimental ballads are really Boyle's sweet spot. Songs like "Away in a Manger" and "O Holy Night" just feel more special with her vocals on them. So when Boyle decided to cover the Leonard Cohen staple "Hallelujah," we knew we were in for something spectacular. 

Don't believe us? Listen to Boyle's version of the song further down this article, and become transformed. 

About "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen 

"Hallelujah" appears on Cohen's 1984 album Various Positions. It's been covered many times but gained particular attention when John Cale and Rufus Wainwright's versions appeared in the Shrek (2001) movie and soundtrack, respectively.

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"Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen lyrics 

Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you dont really care for music, do you?
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor falls, the major lifts
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

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

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Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, maybe there's a God above
As for me all I've ever learned from love
Is how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
But it's not a crime that you're hear tonight
It's not some pilgrim who claims to have seen the Light
No, it's a cold and it's a very broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well people I've been here before
I know this room and I've walked this floor
You see I used to live alone before I knew ya
And I've seen your flag on the marble arch
But listen love, love is not some kind of victory march, no
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Susan Boyle performing on stage.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time you let me know
What's really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And I remember when I moved in you
And the holy dove she was moving too
And every single breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Now I've done my best, I know it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didnt come here to London just to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I'll stand right here before the Lord of song
With nothing, nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah