This Just In: HAIM’s “Hallelujah” Is a Breathtaking Ode to Love, Connection & Support

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Intimate and heartfelt, HAIM’s “Hallelujah” is a touching ode to familial love, connection, and support: A song of gratitude and recognition of the band’s own sisterly bonds and so much more.
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Why me? How’d I get this hallelujah?

Warm, soft, and unassuming, HAIM’s latest offering is a truly heartfelt outpouring of love and appreciation. Intimate and heartfelt, “Hallelujah” is an acoustic ode to familial love, connection, and support: A recognition of the band’s own sisterly bonds, and how special and privileged the Haim sisters are to have one another in their lives.

Hallelujah - HAIM

Hallelujah – HAIM

I met two angels but they were in disguise
Took one look to realize
Tell ’em anything and they will sympathize
These arms hold me tight
Old fears, helped to ease them in my mind
New tears say that they will dry in time
Why me? How’d I get this hallelujah?
Hallelujah

Released November 18th, “Hallelujah” is HAIM’s third single of 2019, following on the heels of “Summer Girl” and the more recently released “Now I’m in It.” While the sister trio have made strides to distinguish their new music from the glittering indie pop/rock sounds of their 2017 sophomore album Something to Tell You, “Hallelujah” is by and far the band’s greatest sonic divergence yet.

Beginning with a naked acoustic guitar, Danielle Haim opens the song with an intimate confessional. “I met two angels but they were in disguise,” she sings in a muted, mellow tone, “Took one look to realize… tell ’em anything and they will sympathize...” Slowly, the band reach their high in a chorus of acknowledgement, respect, and recognition. “Why me, how’d I get this Hallelujah?” the trio sing in a rich, moving harmony.

HAIM © Grant Spanier

HAIM © Grant Spanier



“We’ve always wanted to write a song about our bond as sisters,” Danielle Haim shared upon the song’s release today. As each verse flows into the next, it becomes clear that HAIM’s song is as much for them, as it is for everyone else as well.

“Hallelujah” carries with it the grateful spirit of Thanksgiving – appreciating what (and who) we have, and embracing our community for all its worth.

Laughing together like our thoughts are harmonized
Been that way since ’95
Give me direction when it is hard to fight
Three roads, one light
Now and then I can lean my back to yours
Travelin’ like our feet don’t touch the floor
Why me? How’d I get this hallelujah?
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Why me? How’d I get this hallelujah?
I had a best friend but she has come to pass
One I wish I could see now
You always remind me that memories will last
These arms reach out
You were there to protect me like a shield
Long hair running with me through the field
Everywhere you’ve been with me all along

Solemn and forthright, “Hallelujah” invites HAIM’s audience to share in a moment of sincere thankfulness and introspection. It’s a chance to stop doing what we’re doing and step out of the everyday for a minute, to really think about our loved ones and who/what we have. Few songs are capable of pulling us so far away from our routine, but HAIM’s humility and honesty help make “Hallelujah” absolutely irresistible.

Listen to this touching new song and watch HAIM’s music video below, and remember to say “I love you” to the people who mean the most to you; it’s a small and simple gesture, but it goes a very long way.

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