YOUR NIGHTLY ‘E&P’ VIDEO: Jeff Buckley Cries ‘Hallelujah’

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By: Greg Mitchell

Before he walked into the Missisippi and disappeared in 1997, Jeff Buckley, son of ?60s legend Tim Buckley, promised to become one of the top singers and songwriters of our time. His signature song, however, was written by the great song-poet, Leonard Cohen. Still, it took Buckley?s version, along with one by John Cale, to bring ?Hallelujah? the much-needed attention of Bono, K.D. Lang, and Rufus Wainwright, among others. Was I alone in nearly falling out of my cinema seat when it suddenly arrived in the middle of ?Shrek??

For cultists only: Leonard had an interesting chat about its ending with Dylan, if you care to search for it. On Cohen?s own live version he dropped ?the minor fall, the major lift? opening and replaced it with another. Of course, one of the first and best blogs in this century took its name from that lyric (it?s still around).

Here?s Buckley?s definitive 1995 live performance:

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Other recent offerings:

A visit to a vintage newsroom (no women allowed)

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The great lost “Dr.Strangelove” trailer.

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And if you missed our recent tribute to Stephen Colbert on the awarding of Merriam-Webster’s “word of the year” to “truthiness,” here again is his original explanation:

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