Music for a Sunday: Rags and feathers from Salvation Army counters

Can’t believe it’s taken me this long to finally google for this song/interpretation. Everyone and their grandma’s dog seems to have covered Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, but this one, less covered, means more to me because it’s been living inside my head since I first read Robert McKay’s YA novel, Dave’s Song, at 14. McKay uses snippets of the lyrics as chapter headers as he delves into the heads of two teenagers in the late 1960s, but he scrambles the order a bit to better fit his story. He specifically mentions Noel Harrison’s version, but also another cover: Judy Collins. Who, of course, also does it tremendous justice:

The book is, incidentally, STILL one of my all-time faves.

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