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This incomprehensible hallelujah

Posted by Simon Parke, 12 April 2017, 5.52am

Paul, a dear friend of mine, died recently.

Cancer…and way too young.

At his funeral, he has left us notes, he wants us to sing Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’.

Well, we’ll do our best.

Leonard was a late discovery for Paul but, he says, ‘his genius has illuminated my last decade.’

And why this particular song?

Paul, from his notes: ‘It’s a song that bears out how I feel about life: baffled, broken but compelled to praise.’

He then quotes the man he calls ‘lovely Len’ speaking about the song.

‘The only moment when you can live here comfortably in these absolutely irreconcilable conflicts is in this moment when you embrace it all and say ‘Look, I don’t understand a fucking thing at all - Hallelujah!’

That’s the only moment we live here fully as human beings.’



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