Sometimes, "Hallelujah" owns the performer. No way for k.d. lang, Cohen's fellow Canadian.
She earned a standing O at the 2005 Juno Awards in Winnipeg for the song. Starting next to a piano, accompanied by a string orchestra, she paced the stage barefoot. Midway, her hallelujahs were fit and strong, then she'd pull back, almost speaking the word. At other times, she bent into the chorus, opening up her voice to its deepest depths.
Defiantly, lang forms a "hand gun" with two fingers and a thumb as she sang one verse: "All I ever learned from love is how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya."
The song became a lang crowd pleaser at special events.