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.
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.”
What do you think? Check out the video below