Leonard Cohen estate may sue RNC for unauthorized use of “Hallelujah”
The Leonard Cohen estate is “exploring legal options” after the Republican National Convention (RNC) used “Hallelujah” without authorization during their fireworks finale on Thursday night. A Sony rep said that an official request for the song had been made beforehand by the Republican National Committee and the estate declined, but the RNC used it anyway. They suggested that they may have allowed the Republicans to use the song “You Want It Darker” if that had been requested.
Following the repeated unauthorized use of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” during two performances at the Republican…Posted by Leonard Cohen on Friday, August 28, 2020
Leonard Cohen estate considers suing the RNC
Here are the lyrics for “You Want It Darker” by Leonard Cohen:
“If you are the dealer, I’m out of the gameIf you are the healer, it means I’m broken and lameIf thine is the glory then mine must be the shameYou want it darkerWe kill the flame Magnified, sanctified, be thy holy nameVilified, crucified, in the human frameA million candles burning for the help that never cameYou want it darkerI’m ready, my lord There’s a lover in the storyBut the story’s still the sameThere’s a lullaby for sufferingAnd a paradox to blameBut it’s written in the scripturesAnd it’s not some idle claimYou want it darkerWe kill the flame They’re lining up the prisonersAnd the guards are taking aimI struggled with some demonsThey were middle class and tameI didn’t know I had permission to murder and to maimYou want it…”
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