It's not often that a new Christmas song joins the ranks of our favorite Christmas classics. Sure, we enjoy the "newbies," but if we found ourselves stranded on a desert island with only one Christmas mix, we'd prefer to sip coconut milk to Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.
Well, Cloverton's gorgeous version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" looks like it's gearing up to be a must-have for our theoretical "desert island vacay." And while I could attempt to explain why, I'll just let you see for yourself.
Go on. Hit the play button...
"A Hallelujah Christmas:" Lyrics by Cloverton. Original song by Leonard Cohen.
"I've heard about this baby boy who's come to earth to bring us joy, and I just want to sing this song to you. It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, the major lift. With every breath, I'm singing 'Hallelujah. Hallelujah...'
A couple came to Bethlehem. Expecting child, they searched the inn to find a place, for You were coming soon. There was no room for them to stay, so in a manger filled with hay, God's only Son was born, 'Oh Hallelujah. Hallelujah...'
The shepherds left their flocks by night to see this baby wrapped in light. A host of angels led them all to You. It was just as the angels said. You'll find Him in a manger bed, Immanuel and Savior, 'Hallelujah. Hallelujah...'
A star shown bright up in the East. To Bethlehem, the wise men three came many miles and journeyed long for You. And to the place at which You were, their frankincense and gold and myrrh, they gave to You and cried out 'Hallelujah. Hallelujah...'
I know You came to rescue me. This baby boy would grow to be a man and one day die for me and you. My sins would drive the nails in You. That rugged cross was my cross, too. Still every breath you drew was 'Hallelujah. Hallelujah...'"