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You know:

Well I heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
Well it goes like this: the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall and the major lift

The baffled king composing Hallelujah

My take: I will arbitrarily root things at G, for G*d:

xx5xxx

The fourth (of G):

xx55xx

The fifth:

xx553x -- Gsus! (Jesus, geddit?)

The minor fall -- the four pulls off to the m3:

xx533x -- (pull off, fall from grace)

The major lift -- make that a M3:

xx543x -- (hammer on)

Kinda bluesy, there, David.

How would you decode it?
 

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When I have moments of doubt I defer to a higher power...

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Well it goes like this: the fourth, the fifth. The minor fall and the major lift
Your decoding of this is very fascinating. I don't know enough knowledge of music theory to understand /interpret what is meant and I have often wondered about these lyrics when I hear the song. Thanks for this post.

Gsus! (Jesus, geddit?)
Brilliant!
Not wishing to offend the believers, but I had good laugh when I read it.
 

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I prety much decoded it exactly as you did @JazzyT , but I certainly didn't catch the Gsus part. Good catch. Cohen was absolutely brilliant.
That is simply my horrible joke. Cohen was Jewish/Buddhist so I don't think he thought like that.
 

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That is simply my horrible joke. Cohen was Jewish/Buddhist so I don't think he thought like that.
Oh haha. He may have done it for the song though, given its religious connotations. I'm basically a Catholic raised Atheist, so I get both sides of the idear. Doesn't make a bit of difference to me, it's a great play on words and ideas IMO. Great song too.
 

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This song is very dear to my heart. It was performed at my Mothers funeral by two of her friends last December. Every time I hear it it brings me memories of a wonderful soul that has left us.

There is some terrific performances on YouTube.

 

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This song is very dear to my heart. It was performed at my Mothers funeral by two of her friends last December. Every time I hear it it brings me memories of a wonderful soul that has left us.

There is some terrific performances on YouTube.

^^ Hallelujah "By Jeff Buckley"?! :mad:
 
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