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Hallelujah

I am a preacher with a message for my people
Over the world, scratching on the ground
Looking for the peace that nobody has found

I am a spokesman for a better way of living
Love is the word and it can be heard
If you are young the message can be sung

Let me hear you sing, Hallelujah

Oh tell it to the man who's power is the sermon on the wall
Tell it to the man who says you can misjudge them all
Tell it 'till it can be heard above the wailing of the crowd
Tell it on the field of war and hope you'll soon be justified

There is a better way of life and it's not so hard to find
If you live and let the people in your world speak its mind

I am the pupil who sells his life for freedom
All over the world and it can be heard
If you are young the message can be sung

Hallelujah

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Well, honestly, this sounds religious to me, but OK, one may hear it differently. Anyway, the vocal performance is really awesome!

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Just for the anecdote: Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway who wrote the song were both parts of the David and Jonathan duo (another reference to the Bible). Actually, the song is mentioned on an Italian repertory as a song "against the war" (just as "Under the Gun"!)...

see ~lmasetti/canzonicontrolaguerra/[sign in to see URL]?lang=it&id=1797]here


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Actually, it is kind of like a harder-edged 'For What It's Worth', if you really think about it. That is the way that I see it, anyway. It is an anti-war song. Everything back then was peace and love. Love is what is being preached and the peace that goes with it. Young people were the catalyst, supposedly, in this movement. That is what each verse says to me. No mention of God or any other diety, just love and peace.

Either way, Gillan is at his best here. I agree with mattdif. I have said this many times over the years (Back when I was just JSA without the 1.) and still say it today. I would have preferred more of this and the controlled screaming of MKII rather than the sream-fests of his later years, leading up to and especially the Sabbath stuff and the reunion. emoticon
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Sorry to insist, but what about the original, is it to be found somewhere? Was it written for dP?

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Sorry to insist, but what about the original, is it to be found somewhere? Was it written for dP?



I thought that Purple's version is the 'original' in a sense that Hallelujah hadn't been recorded by anyone before Purple.

Didn't the songwriters record their version after Purple did theirs?



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quote:

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quote:

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Sorry to insist, but what about the original, is it to be found somewhere? Was it written for dP?



I thought that Purple's version is the 'original' in a sense that Hallelujah hadn't been recorded by anyone before Purple.

Didn't the songwriters record their version after Purple did theirs?




Wasn´t that the case of Hush(or wasn´t it Hey Joe?).

I think it was somewhat a common practise in the 60s that people who were prolific songwriters wrote for someone else to kind of start them up. The stones wrote Out Of Time for Chris Farlowe and then it became a hit. The Stones recorded their version after Farlowe then.

It´s for certain that Richard Berry(who wrote Louie Louie) recorded his version first but it was the Kingsmen who made it a hit and hardly anyone knows Berry´s original.
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 For some reason, this wasn't included on the 25th anniversary IN ROCK as a bonus track! Oh, well.



 I thought it should've been included too, if it was at all [sign in to see URL] the hell -if there were space limitations, then they should've put together a few more 'transitional period' pieces (June to September/October '69) and made it a double cd release.

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 Me too!

...I can only imagine the looks of stunned satisfaction on that day of June 7th, 1969 (when Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord & Ian Paice cut short a studio meeting with Rod Evans & Nick Simper - allegedly to discuss and/or rehearse DPMkI recording the tune - to meet with newly {and secretly} recuited new lead vocalist Ian Gillan whom brought along his Episode Six writing partner & bassist Roger Glover) when about a minute-and-a-half into the song Gillan unleashed what would become one of Deep Purple's most recognizable & longest lasting 'trademarks' - an intensive gravity defying scream of unmatched [sign in to see URL] Purple had found thier 'voice'!

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