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Gordon Downie Sings Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’

I frequently see Saint Ralph on the crappy movie channels that come with my cable package. It’s an incredibly sentimental Canadian film about a 14-year-old who tries to win the Boston marathon. During the climactic race, the soundtrack features Gordon Downie (the lead singer of the Tragically Hip) singing a pretty gorgeous version of Leonard Cohen’s seminal “Hallelujah'”.

Ever since hearing Downie’s version, I’ve been looking for the song online. I eventually got it from Mike, who explains:

There seemed to be only one way to get this version of the song in MP3 and that’s to create an MP3 from the audio output of “Saint Ralph”. Sophie, a Hip fan from Germany, saw my comment on the site sharing the Downie covers and offerred to help. She rented the DVD, created an MP3 and emailed it to me early this morning. Hallelujah!

This will tide me over nicely until Downie releases something official. I know a lot of people have been trying to locate this song as I’ve heard your empathetic pleas since I first wrote about the cover last August.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of film audio over the track, but it’s worth a listen.

I think Downie’s version rivals the most famous cover of the song by the late Jeff Buckley. You can hear Buckley’s version, along with 33 others, on My Old Kentucky Blog.

UPDATE: After eight years, a guy named Alex kindly sent me the studio recording of this song. You can download it here.

59 Responses to “Gordon Downie Sings Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’”

  1. Bobby

    Sorry about the typos. Is there anyway to download the song, or get a copy which I am willing to pay for. Thanks.

  2. Bobby

    Please could you download a file which is in another format? Quicktime want $29.99 for Quicktime7Pro to download the file you have posted. Thank you.

  3. Omega

    If you still have the MP3 file of the Gordon Downie’s version of “Hallelujah”, could you please send it to me? I was so moved by this song. Appreciate it!

  4. alex

    i would love to buy this song by gordon downie version of “HALLELUJAH” could you please send this to my husband alex, he love this song and thinks that gordon downie should make c.d. out of it. we both love this song. god bless you!! i hope you will respond soon because this would be the best gift i could give my husban of 35 years of marriage . please send this to us. thank you very much.

  5. Marc

    Hallelujah has become one of my most favorite songs of all time. Please email a copy of the mp3. I have come to enjoy Justin Timberlake’s version and the Rufus Wainwright version popularized in Shrek, but they pale to Downie’s most heartfelt version, with memories from Saint Ralph, of course.

  6. April

    And the requests go on… ;D
    I would love to have this, if you are still able. Much gratitude for taking a moment out of your day to share. Cheers!

    Sarah Reply:

    Gord Downie’s voice just mesmerises me. If you still have the download, I would LOVE to have a copy of it. Thank you!

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