Street Artist Plays Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” With Crystal Glasses

When Leonard Cohen wrote “Hallelujah” back in 1984, the world didn’t take immediate notice. And the song only began its journey toward becoming a classic when it was later recorded by John Cale and Jeff Buckley. Now, it’s one of the more widely covered songs out there. Rufus Wainwright, k.d. lang, Bono, Willie Nelson, Alexandra Burke — they’ve all paid homage to the song. So have lesser-known musicians too, like this street musician, Petr Spatina, who recorded a version with crystal glass. Be sure to watch it all the way through.

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  • Joan says:

    Actually, he has a name: Petr Spatina

  • duarte says:

    why “nameless”?

  • Sammy says:

    The song first appeared on Various Positions, released in 1984; it was not released in 1964.

  • love your site. i think hallelujeah was written around 1984 not 1964

  • tricia says:

    that is beautiful. a stunning version.
    i had the song sung at my wedding and am always saying it a Leonard Cohen song not a Jeff Buckley one.
    a few years ago it was used as winner’s single in britain’s x-factor and so became popular again over here. two weeks later our choir sang it at christmas mass, in gaelic (irish national language)it was stunning also.

  • mickey says:

    if this were true then this guy would be a genius

  • Mary Owens Wells says:

    Truly awe-inspiring! I love Leonard Cohen, I love the song, and I have never heard such beautiful sounds until now. Are you going to remain a street artist, or do you have other plans? Thank you SO much for sharing!

  • Leslie Parker says:

    I devour the information you present. Thank you!

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  • Lena says:

    How could anyone forget K.D. Lang’s version of this classic! The best!!!!!

  • Reb says:

    Amused. This is a dark erotic song lately adopted by a lot of staid people who never read the lyrics or think past the title or its steady churchy pacing. Is it really religious as people suppose? Perhaps, but it’s certainly not churchy any more than the Kama Sutra is a catalog.

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