What is the meaning of the Josh Groban song "Hallelujah"?


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"Hallelujah" was originally written by Leonard Cohen, though it has been covered by many artists, including Josh Groban. Cohen claims the song is about the different forms of pleasure people experience, which take the form of "hallelujahs."

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"Hallelujah" has been covered by many notable artists. In addition to Josh Groban, versions have been performed by John Cale, Rufus Wainwright, k.d lang and Alexandra Burke. One of the most popular versions of the song was recorded by Jeff Buckley for his 1994 album "Grace." Cale's version was used in the 2001 film "Shrek." The word "hallelujah" comes from Hebrew and translates as "Praise God."

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