I said, “All the perfect and desecrated “Hallelujah” equivalent. This desire to assert faith in life, but not in some formal, religious way, but with enthusiasm, with emotions”. The story of the colossal success of “Hallelujah “began with John Cale’s cover, which he recorded for Cohen’s tribute album”I’m Your Fan”.
They say he asked Leonard to send him the lyrics, and he faxed fifteen pages. As later recalled Cale, he just had to choose from all of the verses of the most shameless. John’s version is based on the style in which Cohen sang “Hallelujah” at concerts.