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Published on Mar 17, 2010
Allison Crowe's take on Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" so redefined an approach to the song it was plenty controversial. Once that dam burst, and hundreds of covers poured forth, Crowe's version took its place as a much-loved, classic, interpretation.
On her album, "Spiral", joined by cellist Brendan Millbank, she performs an earlier Cohen song - "Chelsea Hotel No.2". Kayla Schmah is string arranger/producer.
"Chelsea Hotel No. 2" is song three on Allison Crowe's "Spiral". Vocals and piano performed live at Tunnel Vienna Live in Wien, Austria. Cello performed by Brendan Millbank, in Nanaimo, Canada, and arranged by Kayla Schmah, in Hollywood, USA.
Words & Music by Leonard Cohen, Ron Cornelius Performed by Allison Crowe
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel, you were looking so brave and so sweet, giving me head on the unmade bed, while the limousines wait in the street. Weel, those were the reasons, that was New York, we were running for the money and the flesh That was called love for the workers in song probably still is for those of them left
Ah, but you got away, oh, didn't you baby, you just turned your back on the crowd, you got away, I never once heard you say, I need you, I don't need you, I need you, I don't need you and all of that jiving around.
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel you were famous, your heart was a legend And you told me again that you preferred handsome men but for me you would make an exception And then clenching your fists for the ones like us who are oppressed by the figures of beauty, you fixed yourself, you said, "Well, never mind, we are ugly but we have the music"
Ah, but you got away, didn't you baby You just turned your back on the crowd You got away, I never once heard you say I need you, I dont need you I need you, I dont need you and all of that jivin around
Now, I don't mean to suggest that I loved you the best, I can't keep track of each fallen robin. but, I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel, that's all, I don't think of you that often