Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” performed by Mennel in English… and Arabic!

Bambi just discovered this talent whilst searching the net looking for a Lebanese song she has been singing to warm herself in her today’s outdoor activity ?.

Accidentally, she came across the incredibly gifted, and beautiful, Mennel Ibtissem. The latter is a 22-year-old student from Besançon in France. You can see for yourself!

If you read Arabic, here are the lyrics she sings in the video above.

في ليلة من الليالي لست ادري ما إعتراني ظلمة تغمرني يا رب الارض ضاقت و السماء و قلبي ما عرف الضياء و الدمع بات يبكي يا إلهي

The full English lyrics are as follows:

“Now, I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah. Hallelujah
Hallelujah. Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah. Hallelujah
Hallelujah. Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light in every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah…”

Well, thanks to our own Mr. Leonard Cohen (from Montreal :)!) for having existed (1934-2016). Thank you Mennel for your beautiful voice/talent…Please keep singing!

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