Leonard Cohen was born in 1934 in Montreal, Quebec. He was part of a middle-class orthodox Jewish family. He was very active in school clubs as a teenager. He was even Student Council president one year. Cohen taught himself guitar and could be found in the delis and bars of old Montreal, soaking in the
There is much debate about the meaning of the words of Hallelujah, and what exactly Cohen was suggesting is so spiritually uplifting. Nevertheless, the song continues to be performed in situations where a song of celebration seems appropriate. Many people think Hallelujah is a religious song. But Cohen was not religious in the traditional sense.