Irish Priest Goes Viral with Wedding Cover of ‘Hallelujah’

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By Kevin Rutherford

Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah” has been covered at least a thousand times at this point, but you’re guaranteed to have never heard it like this.

A YouTube video surfaced Monday (April 7) featuring footage of a wedding between Chris and Leah O’Kane in Ireland. The ceremony seems fairly standard, except for one detail: the priest presiding over the wedding, Reverend Ray Kelly, gave the couple a surprise, singing the oft-covered Cohen classic with more than a few little differences and flourishes.

Rather than starting off with the usual refrain of “Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord / That David played and it pleased the Lord,” Kelly begins with his own greeting to the attendees: “We join together here today / To help two people on their way / As Leah and Chris start their life together.”

Read more and watch the video on Radio.com.


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