I've probably rambled too long also, but I most definitely agree with your post. These are very good thoughts and on one level I have the same. I just feel that as in most poetry there are purposely many interpretations. LC is very good at evoking these. Is G-d party to all good physical love? Is the halleluyah 'broken' when we use it to express sexual fulfillment instead of using it for the intended purpose? I've ruminated about that for decades without discovering an answer.johnny7moons wrote:Well, ....... , I’ll gladly take your word for it.
Lightning and Lizzie - as for references to what’s good and worthwhile in love, the verse
And the Holy Dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah.
seems to me to be saying the sex was pretty good, for one thing, while it lasted.
It seems to me that in this song, Leonard is using Judaeo-Christian symbolism to describe a love affair, its ending, and his emotions as he looks back over it (though he offers us all sorts of double-meanings and ambiguities along the way). Hence mixing the two Old Testament stories, as Nightstalker points out, in the verse,
She broke your throne, she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah.
This verse reminds me very much of another ‘kitchen’ verse,
We were locked in this kitchen
I took to religion
from ‘The night comes on’ (God, I love that verse). However, for all its bitterness and sense of bondage and deflation, the singer in Hallelujah finally manages to affirm the domestic life, to say ‘hallelujah’ to it.
Of course, there are bits of ‘Hallelujah’ that don’t really fit into my interpretation at all. I’m still not sure why he opens the first version on the song with the ‘But I’ve rambled on long enough; I’ll save that for another day.
"If It Be Your Will, on the other hand, I think that one’s a straightforward hymn."
This is actually the paraphrasing of an often used Jewish prayer.