Celtic Thunder spark controversy on Christian website

Celtic Thunder’s haunting rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah has caused some controversy after being posted on a Christian channel.

The organisers of GodTube described the video as breathtaking and although many of its followers enjoyed it, others were more critical.

Celtic Thunder's version of Hallelujah sparks controversy

One commenter wrote: “The questionable lyrics of this Leonard Cohen song merit further evaluation. I seriously question whether this song should be posted on Godtube!”

Another said: “I don’t believe this is a Christian song…please post the Christian version….much better.”

Some comment were even stronger with Heather Smith of Madison Heights saying: “Disappointed 🙁 I thought it was going to be the Christmas version like Cloverton did. Why is this even on here? The lyrics are repulsive and certainly not God-honoring.”

However, plenty of other GodTube members leapt to the band’s defence.

In response to critics of the song, Joseph Todra said: “I feel kind of sad for you. Just listen to the calmness of the song and the beautiful melody.”

Another commenter said: “It’s beautiful to remember Christmas times.”

Kut Inge Røen suggested a compromise, saying: “Beautiful arrangement, great orchestra, OK singers. Quite nice. But I would keep words like stunning in the bag for later use.”

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By Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling. His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.